As Liberal Democrats, we believe that the energy market should operate in the private sector, competing in an environment of limited regulation.
We believe the proper role of government is to establish consistent, objective rules for environmental impact consistent with community values. This includes the emission of pollutants by coal-fired power plants, the storage of waste by nuclear power plants, and noise pollution by wind farms.
We acknowledge that energy comes with a cost. Government resources should not be focused on removing those costs, but rather on ensuring there is an open, competitive environment in which people can do business, and in which all players are responsible for the full costs of their activities.
As such, we support the potential introduction of nuclear power into the Australian market, and encourage the State Government to open up opportunities for uranium mining here in WA.