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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

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Keep up your good work to move our planet to a better place
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We can do this!
Pancho 2021-01-22 10:04:05 +1100
This will not affect Australia as our government is comfortable ignoring international law and conventions. Change the government.
Albert 2021-01-22 10:04:05 +1100
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Peter 2021-01-22 10:03:53 +1100
If our focus as a country is a positive one, why waste time and money on things that have negative consequences. I want a clean, safe place for my grandchildren… without any nuclear poisons or weapons needed.
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