• The myth of nuclear reliability

    Peter Farley     |      July 11, 2024

    International experience suggests that Peter Dutton’s ambition to build nuclear reactors in Australia to guarantee electricity supplies may not be the best course for the future.

  • Dutton’s nuclear gamble

    Michelle Grattan     |      June 21, 2024

    Peter Dutton needed a big idea to challenge Labor at the next election, and his proposal to meet Australia’s future energy needs with up to 7 nuclear plants is a gamble which will either make or break his political career.

  • What the experts say…on nuclear power

    Open Forum     |      June 21, 2024

    Peter Dutton has announced he will go to the next election promising to build seven nuclear power stations, located across the country. The sites will be located at retiring or retired coal sites, and the opposition leader says the new stations will be operational by between 2035 and 2037. What do the nation’s experts say?

  • Could Australia go nuclear?

    Alan Finkel     |      June 21, 2024

    Nuclear power is a credible source of abundant zero-emissions electricity, but it would take 20 years to commence operations from a standing start in Australia.

  • Maximising micro-grids

    Open Forum     |      May 31, 2024

    Renewable energy is the way of the future, but issues such as variability and surplus generation have so far created headaches in the move to fully utilising these energy solutions. New research led by Murdoch University has found that using interconnected scattered microgrids may be the answer.

  • Not in my back yard

    Lucy Richardson     |      May 28, 2024

    While public opinion polls show broad support for more action to reduce climate emissions in theory, local opposition to renewable energy schemes continues to grow.

  • Growing Australia’s fuel

    Tyson Sara     |      March 31, 2024

    Australia has limited reserves of offshore oil and difficult-to-exploit onshore oil, so farming our own fuel makes sense. It would encourage agricultural development and diversification, reduce our dependence on imported oil and allow us to fill the extra storage tanks we’re building.

  • The hidden costs of coal mines’ unquenchable thirst

    Open Forum     |      March 29, 2024

    Investors and shareholders in Australian coal mining could feel the pinch as water-related risks increase amid worsening climate change impacts, tighter regulations and growing community opposition.

  • Seize the decade

    Open Forum     |      March 27, 2024

    Hot on the heels of the hottest year on record, a report outlines a clear pathway for every sector of the economy to cut climate pollution so Australia can prosper as the world embraces clean energy like solar and wind.

  • High-temperature superconductivity breakthrough

    Open Forum     |      February 20, 2024

    An international team of scientists have made a new discovery that may help to unlock the microscopic mystery of high-temperature superconductivity and address the world’s energy problems.

  • A view from the swamp

    Max Thomas     |      February 3, 2024

    The federal government has rejected a proposed expansion of Port Hastings in Westernport, southeast of Melbourne, given its potential environmental impact, although the project was seen as vital to the development an offshore wind industry.

  • AUKUS Christi?

    Max Thomas     |      December 24, 2023

    Australia’s embrace of nuclear powered hunter-killer submarines seems at odds with the country’s long-standing opposition to nuclear generated electricity supplies.