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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

It is time to stop short sighted Government policies and start looking to the future! There is no safe uranium mine or nuclear power plant. We have seen the devastation that these power plants can do, we just have to remember Chernobyl and more recently Japan, it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when something goes wrong. Australians do not want nuclear power plants here and we do not want to send this toxic material to other parts of the world. We also do not want radioactive waste dumps of any kind here. What we do today affects future generations! Keep Australia safe, and lets show some responsibility for the rest of the world’s population too! keep uranium in the ground!
Jennifer 2020-10-15 14:31:52 +1100
No nuclear power. We have plenty of Sun & Wind.

Radioactive waste should be handled with responsibly.
How many more years is it going to take to rid ourselves of this appalling radioactive material.

I am now in my seventies. I am still protesting about this appalling radioactive waste, and uranium mines!
merilyn & brian 2020-10-15 14:31:20 +1100
Robert 2020-10-15 14:30:44 +1100
Tom 2020-10-15 14:30:29 +1100
Robert 2020-10-15 14:29:47 +1100
Margaret 2020-10-15 14:29:21 +1100
Annette 2020-10-15 14:29:17 +1100
Wanny 2020-10-15 14:28:46 +1100
Andrew 2020-10-15 14:28:40 +1100
Graham 2020-10-15 14:27:34 +1100
Janine 2020-10-15 14:27:15 +1100
Gulet 2020-10-15 14:27:09 +1100
Tim 2020-10-15 14:26:21 +1100
One word sums it up – Chernobyl.

Nuclear power is dangerous and unnecessary when we have solar and wind power.

There is no one, no where on the planet that welcomes being host to nuclear waste.
Anthony 2020-10-15 14:26:04 +1100
Jill 2020-10-15 14:26:01 +1100
Nuclear in all stages of usage is unacceptable until HUMAN ERROR is no longer possible. Leave uranium in the ground and research proper storage of all existing waste.
Rosalind 2020-10-15 14:26:00 +1100
Listen to the people! We have said over and over again that we do not want nuclear energy, mining or weapons.
Stephen 2020-10-15 14:25:57 +1100
Judy 2020-10-15 14:25:17 +1100
Jan 2020-10-15 14:25:15 +1100
Fully agree, stop uranium mining and exporting then clean up the mess. No more radioactive waste!
Dulcie 2020-10-15 14:25:13 +1100
uranium not an option
Lucia 2020-10-15 14:24:09 +1100
Sue 2020-10-15 14:24:07 +1100
Nuclear energy is expensive.
Gordon 2020-10-15 14:23:39 +1100
Kathy 2020-10-15 14:23:37 +1100
Andrew 2020-10-15 14:23:34 +1100
Jennifer 2020-10-15 14:22:57 +1100
Jo 2020-10-15 14:22:34 +1100
Stefan 2020-10-15 14:20:12 +1100
Janis 2020-10-15 14:19:32 +1100
paula 2020-10-15 14:18:50 +1100