Energy Minister Martin Ferguson's long-awaited energy white paper -- released yesterday in draft form -- adopts a peculiar approach to domestic nuclear power.

As befits the product of a Labor government, it makes clear nuclear power is off the agenda for the time being. "The Gillard government unambiguously does not support the use of nuclear energy in Australia,
noting that at present there is no necessary social consensus over this technology nor is there currently a compelling economic case ..." the draft says.