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Aust government has 'open mind' on nuclear

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According to Minister for Energy Angus Taylor, the government approached power generation with an open mind and a desire for lower electricity bills (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) 

The Morrison government's energy minister has taken the power debate nuclear.

Angus Taylor told parliament on Tuesday the government approached power generation with an open mind and a desire for lower electricity bills.

Several coalition MPs have over recent weeks raised the possibility of nuclear power being introduced to Australia.

Asked in parliament to rule it out, Mr Taylor noted there was a moratorium on nuclear power generation in Australia.

"We're not focused on the fuel source, we are focused on the outcome," he said.

"Now we always approach these things with an open mind, but we do not have ... a plan to change the moratorium."

But he rejected former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce's suggestion to make it free or cheap for people living close to a reactor, as a means to build public support for nuclear power.

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