Victorian crossbenchers go nuclear

Two of Victoria's crossbench want the parliament to explore lifting bans on nuclear activities.
Two of Victoria's crossbench want the parliament to explore lifting bans on nuclear activities.

Two of Victoria's crossbench want the parliament to explore lifting the state's bans on nuclear activities in an effort to tackle climate change.

The Liberal Democrats this week in the upper house will table a motion to establish a parliamentary inquiry expand the nuclear industry including uranium mining, exploration and exports, power generation, waste management, industrial and medical applications.

"If we have these issues with climate change we need to look at all the options available to us and at the moment we've got laws prohibiting certain options and we think that those options should be on the table," Liberal Democrats MP David Limbrick told AAP.

Mr Limbrick and his colleague Tim Quilty believe Australia should be harnessing uranium as much as the other countries the resource is exported to.

"Australia already exports enough uranium to mitigate all of the carbon dioxide we create to make electricity - but we can do much more. We are the only country in the OECD that does not produce nuclear energy," Mr Limbrick said.

The minor party is still working to garner support for their inquiry, but would hope if it gets up it would be completed in about 12 months.

Australian Associated Press