Past mistakes bubbling to the surface

THE golden rivet metal for Australia’s first nuclear submarine keel probably hasn’t been mined, its first crew still to be born or finish primary school.

Allowing for predictable or unexpected vagaries in its defence materiel acquisition processes, it now seems Australia will have a fleet of three to five nuclear powered (but not armed) submarines in service by 2050.

After decades of irrational opposition, Australia will be in a position to consider nuclear power generation in multiple applications.

Geriatric last century sloganistas in their nursing homes will be soiling their kaftans in impotent rage, realising their errant nonsense of “nuclear free communities” is dead, as many of them would have been without the benefits of nuclear medicine.

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