FREED Iraqi hostage Douglas Wood would happily live next-door to a nuclear power plant, and wants a job helping to develop an Australian nuclear energy industry.
But the Melbourne-based engineer, who was a project manager building nuclear plants in the US, said Australia's engineers and industrial suppliers would be under-qualified to build a local plant.
Nothing quite like the words of someone with practical experience.But a nuclear industry would have to go offshore for suppliers and engineers with appropriate skill levels.
He'd happily take a job in any emerging industry, however. "Sign me up!" Mr Wood said.
The PM has expressed a hope that Australia will be producing nuclear energy by 2020 but Mr Wood said at least four years would be needed before building could commence, as specialist engineers would have to be trained.
Refusing to name potential sites, he said a coastal location would be best. "It would be logical to use the ocean (as a water source for cooling)."
Those who wish to advocate domestic nuclear energy should consider this among other issues.