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Australia must remain a nuclear-free country.

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

The Coalition's nuclear energy plan is light on detail but heavy with danger. 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 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. Promoting nuclear today will keep coal and gas burning for decades to come!

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

fran 2024-07-15 17:46:24 +1000
Jim 2024-07-15 13:01:15 +1000
We need to say no to Nuclear, we don’t want our kids and grand kids to deal with the devastating fall out that will happen.
Craig
Craig 2024-07-15 12:35:34 +1000
Robert 2024-07-14 23:16:04 +1000
Nuclear power stations take decades to plan, design and build. Australia is so well endowed with sun and wind that we can use now – we don’t need expensive nuclear power
Helen 2024-07-14 21:45:25 +1000
Cruice 2024-07-14 20:24:17 +1000
Harshani 2024-07-14 19:10:14 +1000
Blair 2024-07-14 18:31:05 +1000
The toxic waste! Wake up , we have enough toxic waste on this planet already.
Christine 2024-07-14 18:27:58 +1000
julie 2024-07-14 15:55:54 +1000
Gary 2024-07-14 15:02:56 +1000
Create a better world
Stephen 2024-07-14 15:00:39 +1000
Bee 2024-07-14 09:38:45 +1000
Elizabeth 2024-07-14 09:16:16 +1000
Corey 2024-07-14 05:39:16 +1000
I want Australia to remain Nuclear free because of the remarkable species unique to Australia and the health concerns of its citizens.
Tania 2024-07-14 04:29:24 +1000
I don’t want a toxic legacy for my children
Andrew 2024-07-13 22:19:14 +1000
Its catastrophically dangerous as is Dutton, not a word from him about where the waste will go, uranium lasts for millions of years and then there’s the added dangers: earthquakes, tremors, wildfires, floods etc. If just 1.2% of the Sahara Desert is covered with solar panels, we could harness enough energy to power the entire world. Definitely NO to nuclear.
Holly 2024-07-13 20:34:12 +1000
Hannah 2024-07-13 19:00:50 +1000
It is a no brainer. The push is a smoke screen to slow up renewables. we years ago nuclear may have been an option, but NOT now.
Bert 2024-07-13 17:12:15 +1000
We could actually be using other alternatives if we were prepared to do the research, and support innovative solutions. IMO it’s disgraceful that the very people who have stifled research, and opposed meaningful solutions are now pushing us to go nuclear!
No one has solved the problem of nuclear waste either. The people pushing this won’t be parking that anywhere near their homes either.
margaret 2024-07-13 15:46:21 +1000
Charlotte 2024-07-13 10:15:06 +1000
Too risky
Julie 2024-07-13 09:41:36 +1000
Lauren 2024-07-13 09:26:59 +1000
Carolyn 2024-07-13 07:26:16 +1000
Joanne 2024-07-13 06:55:53 +1000
Irene 2024-07-13 06:01:00 +1000
Anne 2024-07-13 02:27:25 +1000
It is not logical, far too dangerous and expensive and will triple our average energy bill. Also it is not fair on future generations
Roger 2024-07-12 22:33:39 +1000
John 2024-07-12 21:44:12 +1000