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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

Elizabeth 2024-06-19 20:27:13 +1000
I want Australia to remain nuclear free because it is a total folly which has been debunked by scientists and people who car about the safety of the working reactors and the disposal of nuclear waste
Ruth 2024-06-19 20:27:06 +1000
No transparency. No plan. No logical reasoning presented. No independent costing. No consultation with Australian people of all ages (1 to 100). No environmental impact study. No health impact case ( mental and physical) presented. And so on ad infinitum….
Rick 2024-06-19 20:26:45 +1000
Renewables are the future.
Wayne 2024-06-19 20:26:38 +1000
John 2024-06-19 20:26:37 +1000
I want Australia to be nuclear-free because of the potential risk of a nuclear catastrophe, the costs involved and we need to promote renewable energy.
Terry 2024-06-19 20:26:36 +1000
I want Australia to be nuclear power as we have no need for it. Renewables will deliver cheaper and more reliable energy much sooner than nuclear is ever likely to. Nor do we need to continue using fossil fuels until nuclear power stations come on line in 20 years time. With sufficient investment in renewals (much already in the pipeline) we should have enough reliable energy being produced the our nation’s needs well before then.
Ken 2024-06-19 20:26:36 +1000
Janice 2024-06-19 20:26:34 +1000
Alix 2024-06-19 20:26:29 +1000
No nuclear
Debbie 2024-06-19 20:26:28 +1000
Juliet 2024-06-19 20:26:05 +1000
What a ridiculous idea Dutton!
Anna 2024-06-19 20:25:58 +1000
Nuclear is too slow, too expensive and produces nuclear waste
Ron 2024-06-19 20:25:49 +1000
It will be safer.
Corinne 2024-06-19 20:25:39 +1000
Luisa 2024-06-19 20:25:31 +1000
Australia must be nuclear free as this technology is dangerous, and expensive and renewables are a much more sensible method for reducing our CO2 emissions. Let’s not just consider electricity production, 2/3 of our submissions come from other sources such as transport, agriculture and land clearing, let’s get our priorities right.
Graeme 2024-06-19 20:25:28 +1000
Frances 2024-06-19 20:25:23 +1000
Peter 2024-06-19 20:25:20 +1000
Graham 2024-06-19 20:24:47 +1000
Tracey 2024-06-19 20:24:39 +1000
Di 2024-06-19 20:24:39 +1000
Absolutely crazy!
Al 2024-06-19 20:24:29 +1000
Elizabeth 2024-06-19 20:24:29 +1000
Bev 2024-06-19 20:23:54 +1000
John 2024-06-19 20:23:29 +1000
This is a waste of time and energy and a clear front to continue the coal and gas industries and delay the inevitable transition to renewables. It’s horrifying that it’s become one of our major party policies. We must do better than this and set a trajectory to preserve our planet and the future of its inhabitants.
Amanda 2024-06-19 20:23:26 +1000
Daniel 2024-06-19 20:23:23 +1000
Anne 2024-06-19 20:23:20 +1000
Rhonda 2024-06-19 20:23:09 +1000
Say no to nuclear power – it is high-risk, high-cost and a dangerous form of energy.
Philip 2024-06-19 20:23:02 +1000