Agencies nuclear will face the question of whether Australia needs an atomic industry to support a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines during a shipbuilding investigation on Friday.
The Senate Economic Committee's investigation has been underway for two years, but this will be the first public hearing since the federal government announced plans to acquire at least eight nuclear submarines.
Independent Senator Rex Patrick called the Agency Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Organization and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization to appear.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that there were no plans to develop a civilian nuclear industry to support the construction of submarines. He and the defense say the nuclear reactors - which will be purchased in the US or UK as part of Aukus agreement - will not need resupply, and therefore a domestic industry is not needed.
Patrick said: "It 's just unimaginable, it is incomprehensible that anyone could suggest that we would be operating a nuclear operator in a submarine without intervention.
"I also want to understand what security regime they feel is necessary to make this happen " he added.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he has nuclear submarines without an industry to support them would be " more plug and pray "that " plug and play ".
Australian Strategic Policy Institute defense analyst Marcus Hellyer stated that Australia may not need any nuclear power plants or facilities to enrich uranium, "but we will still have to perform maintenance and repairs on the submarine, including the reactor ".
" You cannot have an effective military capability if you have to send it back to the United States every time there is has a defect ”, says -il .
Patrick pointed out that there are no countries with nuclear submarines that do not have national nuclear industry.
" Either way, there would be nuclear reactors on racks at Osborne and moored in the Port River ", he said .
"Acquire, exploit and maintaining a fleet of nuclear submarines without a national nuclear industry is a challenge that should not be underestimated. ”
Labor Senator Kim Carr said that "Extensive shore facilities " would be needed to train people for emergencies or malfunctions.
"I " I would be interested in how this can be done without the development of
" We would need intensive training of everything staff to understand the connections between the reactor and all other parts of the boat, ”he said.
" You can't just drop it. It's not like a battery in a cell phone, everything is connected to everything else. "
Australia has a nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney for nuclear research and medicine. Australia also has about a third of the world's uranium resources and is working to establish a national radioactive waste management facility. Federal law prohibits the production of nuclear power, as do
Ansto said he would work with the United States and the UK "to thoroughly review the requirements underlying nuclear management ", and Morrison said their nuclear science capabilities will be needed.
A Defense spokesperson said Australia, via Aukus , had " committed "to work… for the next 18 months to determine the optimal route for delivering nuclear-powered submarine capability to Australia ".
" Australia will take advantage of the UK and US technology, capability and design expertise and will also assess a variety of considerations including, but not limited to: design, construction, safety, operation, maintenance, disposal, regulation, submarine training, environmental protection, facilities and infrastructure, industrial base capacity, manpower and the force structure, "they said.
Shortly after announcing its intention to purchase 12 diesel-electric submarines from France would be abandoned in favor of Aukus accord, Morrisone was asked to respond to comments from Turnbull and those of other nuclear experts that a support industry would be needed.
"We may speak -be different things here and there are terms that are thrown in here, he said . articlebody >