NSW senators referenced Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear disasters in a debate about the suitability of a nuclear powerplant in Jervis Bay.
NSW deputy premier John Barilaro called for a debate in the senate, and the contentious issue was discussed on Thursday.
“The technology they use today is a lot safer than what they used in Chernobyl, but Jervis Bay is not the place,” Christian Democratic Party member Paul Green said.
“Not in Jervis Bay’s clean, green, pristine environment.
“Over my dead body Jervis Bay will end up with one there.”
Meanwhile, his colleague Fred Nile, was open to the idea.
“There are now 30 nations that have active nuclear powerplants,” he said.
“I support the fact that we should have a serious debate on it.”
Labor Party senator Shaoquett Moselmane condemned the deputy premier for bringing the issue to the surface again.
“It is dangerous, prohibitively expensive and creates waste,” senator Moselmane said.
“Imagine what the people of these regions are thinking now.
“They would be horrified nuclear power would be brought to their pristine, clean doorsteps.
“I call on the deputy premier to rule out nuclear power in NSW, until that point, fear will continue in those regions.”