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Weird Simpsons is linked to a controversial issue in Australian politics

Nationals leader David Littleproud has blamed misinformation fueled by The Simpsons and Chernobyl as the reason for Australia’s reluctance to embrace nuclear power.

The opposition is fighting with the government over nuclear power as it seeks to change its energy policy.

“There needs to be a nuclear conversation now,” Mr Littleproud told Sky News.

“Over the next five to 10 years we have the opportunity to look at new technologies…and see if it can be done in Australia to reduce emissions to give us base load energy, to supplement energies renewables, but also to invest in these traditional industries. reduce emissions to give us cheap and affordable energy.

Camera iconDavid Littleproud says Australia needs to discuss nuclear power. NCA NewsWire / Tracey Nearmy Credit: News Corp Australia

Although nuclear power is not included in the new coalition deal, Mr Littleproud said there was clear understanding between him and new Liberal leader Peter Dutton on the issue.

On Sunday, Mr Dutton appointed pro-nuclear MP Ted O’Brien to the climate change and energy portfolio.

Speaking to ABC RN, Mr Dutton said nuclear power would keep electricity prices low.

“I’m not afraid to have a nuclear discussion if we’re going to have legitimate emissions reductions,” Dutton said on Monday.

“I don’t think we should be afraid to talk about any technology that will have the ability to reduce emissions and electricity prices.

“It’s something we can consider over time. I don’t think we should exclude things just because it’s not fashionable to talk about them.

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Camera iconPeter Dutton and Mr Littleproud announced their frontbench on Sunday. Richard Walker Credit: News Corp Australia

But Mr Littleproud acknowledged nuclear had a bad reputation and was currently a “step too far” for many.

“We did extensive polling and realized it wasn’t as popular because…people were getting their information from what they saw on Chernobyl, Fukushima and also The Simpsons,” he added. .

“There’s this perception that’s been put around nuclear…etched into cartoon folklore.”

It comes as the Albanian government assesses measures to reduce pressure on gas prices ahead of a meeting with state and territory energy ministers on Wednesday.

Cabinet chairman Tony Burke said the government would not rule out anything to bring prices down.

“It’s been a decade without an energy policy (under the previous government) that effectively got us to a situation where we ended up with this perfect storm,” he told ABC Radio.

“Some of the issues are international, but our ability to be able to deal with these international issues is very national, so there won’t be a quick response.”