“It is more important for the country’s future than gay marriage and it affects a lot more people,” he said.
FEDERAL Labor MPs are calling for Australia to embrace nuclear power, leaving Julia Gillard facing another damaging split in her Government.
Ms Gillard is under pressure to put the divisive issue on next year’s ALP national conference agenda – with MPs claiming voters care more about power bills than gay marriage.
Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson last night said those advocating nuclear power had as much right to have the issue debated at the showcase event as those backing changes to gay marriage laws.
Defying Labor’s official ban on nuclear power, a number of MPs have gone public in their support for the low-carbon energy source.
“My view is that all forms of energy supply should be under active consideration,” former frontbencher Mark Bishop said.
Senator Bishop said the “Government should give more active consideration to putting nuclear into the equation of all forms of energy supply, particularly those that are subsidised”.
NSW Senator Steve Hutchins also wants nuclear power debated after Ms Gillard this week argued that a price on carbon would be a high priority for her Government.
“In my opinion it should be part of the [energy] debate if we want to have a clean future,” he said.