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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

Scott 2020-10-15 12:46:30 +1100
Therese 2020-10-15 12:46:30 +1100
It’s a no- brainer!
Maria-Eleni 2020-10-15 12:46:26 +1100
Jane 2020-10-15 12:46:13 +1100
N 2020-10-15 12:46:06 +1100
Thomas 2020-10-15 12:45:57 +1100
I support the ACF petition for a nuclear-free Australia.
Galina 2020-10-15 12:45:51 +1100
Thank you for the job you are doing and for the opportunity to speak out. The good news is that shareholders in these companies who continue to poison the planet are now voicing their concerns.
June 2020-10-15 12:45:49 +1100
Chris 2020-10-15 12:45:48 +1100
Paul 2020-10-15 12:45:27 +1100
Rosie 2020-10-15 12:45:18 +1100
Irene 2020-10-15 12:45:10 +1100
No to nuclear
Marilyn 2020-10-15 12:44:55 +1100
No dangerous waste for future generations, they already have a huge responsibility ahead of them. We all need to say stop no more. A safe and sustainable future for all.
Irene 2020-10-15 12:44:52 +1100
Kimberley 2020-10-15 12:44:14 +1100
Lucia 2020-10-15 12:44:05 +1100
No Australian Fukushima!
Jean 2020-10-15 12:43:23 +1100
We do not have the right to continue to make this world unsustable to life… Australia must be Nuclear Free.
We’ve already done irreparable damage to our eco-system and we have to stop this lunacy, NOW!
Deb 2020-10-15 12:43:18 +1100
Carolyn 2020-10-15 12:43:15 +1100
Michael 2020-10-15 12:43:05 +1100
Kylie 2020-10-15 12:42:53 +1100
We have so many great options right now. Surely it’s in all of our interests to avoid high risk, high expense options like nuclear? Leave uranium in the ground wher it won’t hurt anyone.
Kathryn 2020-10-15 12:42:43 +1100
Shannon 2020-10-15 12:42:34 +1100
Marion 2020-10-15 12:42:32 +1100
Robyn 2020-10-15 12:42:15 +1100
Bob 2020-10-15 12:42:07 +1100
Australia wants to make Australia nuclear-free.
Jennifer 2020-10-15 12:42:02 +1100
Nuclear waste is high risk and very difficult to dispose of it must be managed responsibly.
Elizabeth 2020-10-15 12:41:36 +1100
Cheryl 2020-10-15 12:41:13 +1100
Keep uranium in the ground.
Helen 2020-10-15 12:40:43 +1100