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Australia must remain a nuclear-free country.

Nuclear energy and arms are not compatible with a clean future.

It's a costly distraction from effective climate action that risks delaying – and even derailing – the sensible, considered and speedy transition to renewables that is already well underway and essential to protect the environment and safeguard our future.

To our elected representatives, we call on you to make Australia nuclear-free:

  • End uranium mining and exports, and clean up all old uranium mines;
  • Say no to nuclear power – it is high-risk, high-cost and a dangerous distraction from real climate solutions, like clean energy from the sun and wind;
  • Take a strong stand against nuclear weapons – this includes signing and ratifying the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty;
  • Manage radioactive waste transparently and responsibly.

The exaggerated claims being made by the latest round of nuclear promoters do not alter the evidence which clearly shows nuclear is the worst option for Australia.

There are many reasons nuclear energy is not a viable alternative for Australia’s energy future:

  • It takes too long – on average, it takes about nine years to build a nuclear power station and another 10 years for planning and licensing. Effectively that means two decades between first idea and first power. These are the critical decades to immediately reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
  • It’s dirty and dangerous – Nuclear power stations pose significant community, environment and health risks. Apart from the radioactive waste they generate, nuclear power stations run on uranium which, like coal and gas, is not a renewable resource.
  • It’s far more expensive than renewable options – Modelling shows developing nuclear infrastructure is 5-10 times more expensive than solar and wind. And even if the technology was in place, it would also cost more to produce.
  • It needs a lot of water – Nuclear reactors use tonnes of water per second to cool the reactors to produce electricity. This is unlike wind and solar which require little or no ongoing water use.
  • We have no proven options for managing long-term radioactive waste – All reactors create waste, and this is a growing and unresolved global management issue. For decades successive governments have tried to impose low and intermediate level waste dumps and stores, predominantly on First Nations lands, across multiple sites in Australia.

We must leave the uranium in the ground to keep our communities and the nature we rely on safe.

Let's get it right and make Australia nuclear-free.

Header image: Sea lions gather on the beach on the Eyre Peninsula. At the top of the Peninsula is Kimba, where the government is proposing to put a national radioactive waste site despite unanimous opposition from Barngarla Traditional Owners


Latest Supporters

Monica 2024-05-22 14:05:30 +1000
Say NO to nuclear power plants on Australian soil. The only way forward is to continue with renewable energy solutions. NO to nuclear waste. NO to dangerous emmissions. NO to the cost of installing anything that is irreversible to the environment. NO, NO, NO!!!
Keelie 2024-05-22 08:23:08 +1000
it is unnecessary smr doesnt exist waste storage potential for a chernoble finally this is just a trojan horse to burn more coal
mick 2024-05-20 18:35:41 +1000
Ainslie 2024-05-20 18:05:28 +1000
It has harsh conditions on the environment and people.
Trinette 2024-05-20 16:36:06 +1000
I want Australia to be nuclear free because, having worked with radioisotopes, I know there will be radioactive waste, plus the risk of accidents, and our produce that we export is currently highly regarded as clean produce, because we don’t have any nuclear power plants.
Robyn 2024-05-20 16:31:00 +1000
It poses a serious risk to the environment and health of people and animals.
Elissa 2024-05-20 16:23:38 +1000
I remember what happened in Japan during an earthquake and tsunami. This seems irresponsible for Australia when we have the ability to do amazingly well for our own energy security using renewables.
Dean 2024-05-20 12:40:25 +1000
Nicola 2024-05-14 09:38:56 +1000
Joel 2024-05-07 12:23:15 +1000
Robert 2024-05-02 18:21:00 +1000
Xander 2024-04-27 09:09:20 +1000
We need Australia to be free of nuclear technologies; the hazards posed by waste are unacceptable.
Andrew 2024-04-19 18:57:52 +1000
it’s dangerous, water-hungry, expensive, and we don’t have a good way to dispose of the waste. Why would we use nuclear energy when renenewable energy is here, now, unlimited, and so much safer??
Bronte 2024-04-17 13:54:23 +1000
keryn 2024-04-16 14:29:35 +1000
Chris 2024-04-16 14:29:20 +1000
Leonie 2024-04-16 14:29:04 +1000
Lance 2024-04-12 18:41:18 +1000
I am against nuclear power because it is high-risk, high-cost utilises too much water and is a dangerous distraction from real climate solutions, like clean energy from the sun and wind
Christina 2024-04-07 13:21:13 +1000
I want australia to be nuclear free because it will never be safe, there is toxic waste from it, and we have sun and wind for clean energy…
it’s pure greed!
heather 2024-04-04 20:02:59 +1100
I want Australia to be nuclear free because it is expensive and unsafe. We have lots of wind and solar and the focus should be on renewable. Our amazing scientists have now discovered a way to store energy- batteries!!
Julianne 2024-03-31 05:38:51 +1100
Nuclear is TOO SLOW, TOO EXPENSIVE, TOO DANGEROUS, TOO SLOW, TOO TOXIC.
Solar Wind & Batteries will give us 400% of a Nnuclear future at 15% of the cost,
Robert 2024-03-28 19:17:00 +1100
Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Hilary 2024-03-25 13:29:06 +1100
NNN – nuclear not necessary
Kerry 2024-03-25 11:58:24 +1100
Hi
I want Australia to permanently ban nuclear power use. This ongoing ban should be enshrined so that our ban on nuclear power cannot be reversed on a turn of government!
Lukd 2024-03-24 09:50:00 +1100
Consistent with the application of ESD principles and intergenerational equity, I want Australia to avoid inflicting the issue of managing nuclear waste and decommissioning nuclear power stations on future generations. It’s expensive and no other country has come up with an appropriate response. Do we want wastelands like Chernobyl that will forever be off limits?
Janet 2024-03-23 12:00:54 +1100
Margaret 2024-03-23 11:08:33 +1100
jenny 2024-03-21 16:05:47 +1100
I have for most of my 80 years of age , believed that Australia should have invested in Nuclear Power a long time ago.

The fear of the past has been erased in recent times and should not be used at the present. Otherwise, we would never have accepted motor vehicles into our lives.
Australia will need nuclear Power to help with the next major problem, that is water distribution on a National scale.
Dennis 2024-03-21 14:05:33 +1100
Rocky 2024-03-21 13:53:57 +1100