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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

Bernadette 2020-10-15 13:10:44 +1100
Agnes 2020-10-15 13:09:26 +1100
Barbara 2020-10-15 13:09:12 +1100
Rachel 2020-10-15 13:09:11 +1100
Jessica 2020-10-15 13:08:37 +1100
Patsy 2020-10-15 13:08:31 +1100
Paul 2020-10-15 13:08:08 +1100
Peter 2020-10-15 13:07:57 +1100
Kathie 2020-10-15 13:07:17 +1100
Nuclear power is well past its use by date! Solar and wind power are clean and much less expensive!
Gordon 2020-10-15 13:07:12 +1100
Sue 2020-10-15 13:06:49 +1100
How stupid to consider Nuclear hasn’t there been enough accidents around the World anything that can destroy the environment the land rivers or oceans should never be an option, I read an article about deaths in a family as a result of radio active substance being buried in Sydney. There is no safe storage.
Cheryl 2020-10-15 13:06:16 +1100
please do not pollute Australia with nuclear waste
Jan 2020-10-15 13:06:05 +1100
A nuclear free country is my hope for our future.
Delma 2020-10-15 13:05:22 +1100
Terence 2020-10-15 13:04:55 +1100
Kerren 2020-10-15 13:04:15 +1100
Leave this dangerous fuel source where it belongs …. in the ground where it occurs naturally.
The risks far outweighs any perceived benefits.
Dawn 2020-10-15 13:04:08 +1100
Brony 2020-10-15 13:03:52 +1100
This is not clean energy and is a threat to all life On this planet. I don’t consent to this type of nuclear any where in Australia
Allan 2020-10-15 13:03:37 +1100
We do not need nuclear energy. Renewables can provide all we need – just challenge engineers to get on with changing from the worn out old polluting system of energy generation and distribution to the far cheaper, cleaner and safe renewable energy system.
Prof David A 2020-10-15 13:03:15 +1100
Philip 2020-10-15 13:03:13 +1100
Nuclear is poison!! Why burden ourselves and future generations with toxic waste when there are sustainable alternatives?
Suzanne 2020-10-15 13:02:52 +1100
kel 2020-10-15 13:02:27 +1100
Barbara L 2020-10-15 13:01:48 +1100
A safer world is needed-big clean up required & no more nuclear power.
Diana 2020-10-15 13:01:33 +1100
Brigitta 2020-10-15 13:01:26 +1100
Russell 2020-10-15 13:00:54 +1100
Rod 2020-10-15 13:00:35 +1100
Maxwell 2020-10-15 13:00:34 +1100
Roger 2020-10-15 13:00:16 +1100