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Annastacia Palaszczuk not convinced of cap plan as Peter Malinauskas supports nuclear energy

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Wednesday’s national cabinet meeting is shaping up to be a tense affair, as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stands firm on her opposition to the government’s planned gas price caps.

Ms Palaszczuk says she can not support the proposed plan unless she is “very convinced that no Queenslander would be worse off.”

It comes as South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas throws his support behind nuclear energy.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is under mounting pressure to find a solution to Australia’s energy crisis, and the mounting bills, before Christmas.

His plan to cap prices on coal, which would impact royalties for Queensland and NSW, has however been met with fierce opposition from both state premiers, who argue the government would need to ensure there was adequate compensation for the state.

Ms Palaszczuk said again on Monday she had “set down our parameters”.

“There would have to be adequate compensation … we would have to be very, very convinced that no Queenslander would be worse off,” she said on Monday.

Meanwhile, Mr Malinauksas has told The Advertiser he hopes the Adelaide-based submarine construction, as part of the AUKUS pact, will put to bed “ill-founded” myths about nuclear energy.

“Nuclear power is a source of baseload energy with zero carbon emission. So, for someone like myself, who is dedicated to a decarbonisation effort, I think we should be open-minded to those technologies and I think it would be foolhardy to have a different approach,’ he told the paper.

The federal government does not support nuclear energy, with Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek reaffirming that position on Monday morning.

“(Nuclear energy) is slow to build and is really expensive. All this nonsense about small-scale nuclear reactors every summer … I don’t know if there are people in your street who want a nuclear reactor in the local park, but here in Rosemary, that is not the case,” she told Channel 7.

Nationals senator and advocate for nuclear energy Matt Canavan said Ms Plibersek’s argument was the reason bills were “through the roof”.

“Young Australians are quite open to nuclear power and the nuclear industry,” Senator Canavan said.

In addition to trying to get premiers over the line to bring the coal industry into line, Mr Albanese is expected to unveil details of a new mandatory code of conduct for gas producers this week.

It’s expected this will include new regulations targeting domestic gas sale profits.

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