A pragmatic former Prime Minister advocates nuclear power as a win – win for Australia:
“The time has come when we’ve got to think big if we’re going to face the big issues of our time,” Mr Hawke told those assembled.
“We’re going to have to be prepared to think about changes that are quite radical.”
That comment was greeted with a round of applause.
Then he began to elaborate, advocating nuclear power.
“Nuclear power would be a win for the environment and an essential part of the attacking that must be made on this grievous and dangerous global warming,” he said.
“It would be a win for the global environment and a win for Australia.”
Mr Hawke said science also pointed to Australia being the safest geologically to store the world’s nuclear waste.
“I have no doubt that countries who are producing nuclear energy would pay well for the storage of their nuclear waste.”
Mr Hawke said Australia would benefit financially from the transaction and could use profits towards ending Indigenous poverty.
The Woodford Folk Festival crowd, at first positive, soon lost their enthusiasm.