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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

Nicola 2020-10-15 13:32:05 +1100
Susan 2020-10-15 13:31:44 +1100
Roger 2020-10-15 13:30:54 +1100
Ian 2020-10-15 13:30:49 +1100
Karen 2020-10-15 13:29:54 +1100
I would like to see Australia sign the UN nuclear weapons ban
Kat 2020-10-15 13:29:45 +1100
Rob 2020-10-15 13:29:25 +1100
Rhonda 2020-10-15 13:29:20 +1100
Nuclear power has no place in Nature, period!
Continuing with nuclear projects is jeopardising the future of both humans and the greater Web of Life on Earth – in the short-term. Humans need to rethink the unnatural and inequitable worker-consumer lifestyles they have been forced to live that require more and more artificial power to sustain. We must simplify and reduce our footprint if we want to survive our exploitation and consumption of the living planet’s “resources”, especially those resources that provide nuclear “power” to destroy the planet. Ensure a future that is nuclear free if you want to have a future for life on planet Earth, which was never created to be a resource for man’s Creation – the so-called “civilised” world – to devour and destroy insatiably until there’s nothing left.
Honour 2020-10-15 13:29:01 +1100
Beatrice 2020-10-15 13:28:50 +1100
Nuclear bad. Solar good. Fossil fuels bad. Wind good.
Emily 2020-10-15 13:28:09 +1100
Graeme 2020-10-15 13:28:03 +1100
In going without nuclear now we doing our bit of the cost to safeguard the future for the coming generations instead of passing the downside of our nuclear impact on to them.
Bartholomew 2020-10-15 13:28:01 +1100
Catharine 2020-10-15 13:27:39 +1100
Solar wind and h2 much better options than Nuclear. Very expensive to build and very long term dangerous.
Christine 2020-10-15 13:27:33 +1100
Why do we empower people who seem intent on foisting polluting sources of power onto us ?!
David 2020-10-15 13:27:30 +1100
Maggie 2020-10-15 13:27:08 +1100
Nuclear fuel is bad news for everyone if we need a store there is a place called ACT which could be utilised it is an area of little importance with a few idiots living in its environs
Michael 2020-10-15 13:26:51 +1100
Permanently Ban all toxic/hazzardous nuclear waste dumping in our environments in Australia nationwide
Leanne 2020-10-15 13:26:50 +1100
Deborah 2020-10-15 13:26:43 +1100
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David 2020-10-15 13:26:26 +1100
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Diane 2020-10-15 13:25:57 +1100
We urgently need a site that is mistake proof .
Anne 2020-10-15 13:25:37 +1100
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