A peak union is calling on Australia to develop a nuclear industry to bolster national security.

The Daily Telegraph reports the Australian Workers Union has made the call to action –for the sake of national security and to protect Australia from China and other foreign threats.

AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton claims it is absurd the Federal Government is relying on nuclear submarines without the ability to build or maintain them.

He believes civil reactors would also be able to provide clean energy.

Mr Walton says: “Every nation in the world that has the capacity to build or operate nuclear submarines also has nuclear energy capabilities. Why would we make ourselves the exception?”

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