Peter Dutton claims his nuclear energy plan will be cheaper than renewables

It was a message delivered to the Liberal Party faithful but aimed squarely at the voters of Australia. The next election will be a time for choosing, but the battle of ideas has already begun. Peter Dutton says he believes he can win the next election and laid out the key battlegrounds he wants to fight it on, including cost of living, housing and immigration. Labor's created a housing crisis by opening up the floodgates without doing the proper planning and investment into infrastructure. There was much rhetoric but no new detail about the policy. He's gambling his political future on nuclear energy. We will talk more about the economic and environmental benefit to our country as a result of our plan. We will answer people's questions. We will alleviate concerns. Mr. Dutton could have used today to answer any number of questions that are yet to be answered about his policy. He could have talked about how much it will cost. He could have talked about what it will do to bills. He could have talked about exactly how much energy they plan to generate through nuclear. Although the last Prime Minister to try to go nuclear gave Mr. Dutton's plan a ringing endorsement, that announcement this week had the hallmarks of thought, research and most of all, political courage. Mr. Dutton says he's confident his plan will be more affordable than the government's renewable energy policy. Our plan will cost a fraction of the government's $1.3 trillion plan, but figured not even the Prime Minister's cricket team of Labor spin doctors can conceal. The government says it's Mr. Dutton who's spinning the numbers. Mr. Dutton really should make clear where these numbers come from. We listen to the experts. The Australian Energy Market Operator has costed what it will take get it to get us to 2050 and the number they've come up with is 121 billion. In a potential glimpse of some of the tactics the Coalition may be considering using during the election campaign, the Opposition leader and his deputy also ramped up their attacks on the character of the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. He's a man with a mind still captured in his university years. He's a child in a man's body. We have a liar in the Lodge and you cannot trust anything he says. Mr. Dutton may wish to resort to personal attack, but it is no substitute for actual policy. If today is any indication, the tone of the debate could be about to get much more personal.

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