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Australia’s future submarine: an explainer

This paper endeavours to identify the principal factors that need to be identified and addressed if Australia is to pursue the nuclear propulsion option for its next generation submarines. The author argues that Australia has the capacity to manage these issues, even if it cannot...
Briefing paper

Wrong reaction: why ‘next-generation’ nuclear is not a credible energy solution

The pressing need to transition from fossil fuel energy to a low carbon future has seen renewed calls for domestic nuclear power in Australia’s political arena. This paper explores the global status of Small Modular Reactors and wider ‘next-generation’ nuclear technology and explores whether this...

Does Australia need nuclear-powered submarines and a nuclear-power sector?

In light of Australia’s climate commitments, it stands to reason that the creation of a nuclear-power sector ought to be revisited, writes Lesley Hughes.

Inquiry into nuclear prohibition: final report

In this report, the Committee makes no recommendations and does not take a strong position on nuclear power as an alternative energy source in Australia, and particularly in Victoria.
Briefing paper

Australian electricity options

In this series of publications, the authors provide short overviews of five main sources of electricity, and one of the main storage options. Each paper briefly explains the relevant technologies and international trends, and some of the opportunities and constraints that apply to their use...

The changing geopolitics of nuclear energy

This report illuminates how the changing market competition among the United States, Russia, and China will affect their future relations with nuclear commerce recipient countries, and discusses why Russia and China promote nuclear commerce, as well as which factors may alter their market competitiveness.

Not without your approval: a way forward for nuclear technology in Australia

This report outlines the findings from a parliamentary inquiry that saw the committee travel across Australia over recent months, taking evidence and assessing over 300 submissions on the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia.

Over reactor: the economic problems with nuclear power

This submission argues that establishing a nuclear power industry in Australia is economically unfeasible, particularly given the uninsurable nature of the technology means the risks of a nuclear incident are borne substantially by Australian taxpayers.
Briefing paper

Uranium mining and nuclear energy in New South Wales

The main focus of this paper is to provide Members of Parliament and the New South Wales public with an overview of the key issues surrounding uranium mining and nuclear energy in NSW.
Briefing paper

Cybersecurity by design in civil nuclear power plants

Cyberattacks are increasingly challenging critical national infrastructure. This paper considers the security by design approach for civil nuclear power plants and analyses areas of risk and opportunities for the nuclear industry.
Discussion paper

Modernising electricity sectors: a guide to long-run investment decisions

This discussion paper highlights some of the challenges facing Australia’s energy network and makes the case for industry super fund intervention.

Cyber insurance for civil nuclear facilities: risks and opportunities

This paper sets out a roadmap for how organisations in the civil nuclear sector can explore their options and review their cyber risk exposure.
Discussion paper

Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific Islands: ambiguous allies?

This discussion paper examines the relationship between Australia and New Zealand and what this means for cooperation in the Pacific Islands region.

Can Australia afford nuclear propelled submarines? Can we afford not to?

This paper advocates early consideration of all aspects of a transition to nuclear propulsion for Australia's submarines, based on compelling strategic and submarine capability arguments. While a nuclear-powered submarine force would provide strategic advantages, some quite formidable challenges would need to be overcome to add...

Making sense of nuclear - what's changed in the debate?

There is now tension in the environmental movement about whether nuclear power should in fact be part of a low-carbon energy future.

Despite the politics, good news on climate

Anyone following the news on climate policy might well incline to despair. Not only is the Turnbull government continuing to promote the idea that coal is the energy source of the future as well as the past, but many of its backbenchers also think that...
Audio interview

Independent national electricity commission needed, says energy engineer

Energy and power prices have dominated the political debate this year. It follows the massive storm and statewide blackout in South Australia last September, which led to the federal government appointing chief scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, to review Australia's energy system. The deadline for final...

Risks, ethics and consent: Australia shouldn’t become the world’s nuclear wasteland

Last month, the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission recommended that the state government develop a business venture to store a large fraction of the world’s high- and intermediate-level nuclear power station wastes in South Australia. It proposes to do this by first building...

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission: Report

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established by the South Australian Government on 19 March 2015 to undertake an independent and comprehensive investigation into the potential for increasing South Australia’s participation in the nuclear fuel cycle. It was required to, and did, report to...

Digging for answers

This report finds that the business case for a nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia is exaggerated. The project is risky, and a loss overall is well within the range of possible outcomes. Summary South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has handed down...

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission: Tentative findings

The Tentative Findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission are an interim step in the Commission’s process before the completion of the report in May 2016. They reflect the Commission’s current thinking on the issues it considers to be important and the most cogent...

The impossible dream: free electricity sounds too good to be true. It is

A proposal to establish a global nuclear waste industry in South Australia would fail to secure 90% of the imported waste, leaving an expensive and risky legacy for the state, according to this report. Summary South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established on...

Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of India on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy

Australia can become the world leader in supplying fuel for low-carbon emission base load electrical power in rapidly expanding economies looking to secure their energy needs while limiting greenhouse emissions.
Discussion paper

Management, storage and disposal of nuclear and radioactive waste (Issues Paper Four)

This Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Issues Paper looks at the possibility of managing, storing and disposing of nuclear and radioactive waste in South Australia, and examines the risks and opportunities of doing this.

Iranian foreign policy under Rouhani

In this Lowy Institute Analysis Rodger Shanahan examines changes in Iranian foreign policy under President Rouhani. He argues that while the Iranian President has changed the tone of Iranian foreign policy, changing the substance will prove much more difficult. Key findings Rouhani is a centrist...