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Australia must remain a nuclear-free country.

Nuclear energy and arms are not compatible with a clean future.

The Coalition's nuclear energy plan is light on detail but heavy with danger. 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 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. Promoting nuclear today will keep coal and gas burning for decades to come!

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

Its dangerous !! The radio active waste generated by nuclear power lasts for many, many generations and there are no safe storage options GLOBALLY!

It’s expensive and takes a long time to build nuclear power stations.

They use massive amounts of water – not possible in a desert continent!

Please do not take the nuclear path, its the wrong and dangerous path, leading to huge health and environmental damage.
Maureen 2024-06-19 17:45:21 +1000
I like the world to be as clean and safe as it can be. We have trashed a lot of it. Let’s use some wisdom and learn from our past
Jenny 2024-06-19 17:45:20 +1000
I want Australia to be nuclear free because we are a country suited to wind and solar renewables. We have copious sunshine and wind tp enable large scale projects. Nuclear is extremely expensive and would not be usable until at least 2040 and as coal fired stations cease operations there is a need to fill the gap with renewables. What is Dutton thinking??
Julie-Anne 2024-06-19 17:45:14 +1000
Vicki 2024-06-19 17:45:13 +1000
Dietmar 2024-06-19 17:45:09 +1000
I don’t want my children having to deal with nuclear waste. I also want more renewables now with hydro storage and subsidies for home battery systems that allow power to be drawn down in peak demand periods.
Sandra 2024-06-19 17:45:09 +1000
Judith 2024-06-19 17:45:04 +1000
David 2024-06-19 17:44:58 +1000
I want Australia to be nuclear free because we don’t need nuclear energy anymore.
Jonathan 2024-06-19 17:44:57 +1000
Stuart 2024-06-19 17:44:49 +1000
Nuclear power is harmful to the environment and potentially so to humans and there are simpler and less expensive forms of power in renewables.
Valerie 2024-06-19 17:44:49 +1000
E 2024-06-19 17:44:47 +1000
Margaret 2024-06-19 17:44:46 +1000
Suzie 2024-06-19 17:44:46 +1000
Nuclear-free is the only moral and responsible decision in a country abundant in green power alternatives. Nuclear power stations and radioactive waste should not be our legacy.
Scott 2024-06-19 17:44:45 +1000
Michael 2024-06-19 17:44:43 +1000
Dorothy 2024-06-19 17:44:39 +1000
Peter 2024-06-19 17:44:36 +1000
Leonie 2024-06-19 17:44:35 +1000
Get real people. Renewables done properly is the only viable sustainable future for a healthy happy Australia. There’s no place for nuclear!!
Linda 2024-06-19 17:44:30 +1000
Douglas 2024-06-19 17:44:27 +1000
Lynne 2024-06-19 17:44:27 +1000
I want Australia nuclear free because we have much better ways of generating energy from renewable sources. Nuclear is costly, slow to build and most of all : DANGEROUS. Plus, the generations after us will have to deal with our radioactive waste. What are we thinking?? Countries with a much larger population than us such as Germany are gradually switching off their reactors, because of the risk and the switch to renewable energy! And we? We want to switch them on??? I would think this a joke, weren’t it so serious!
Barb 2024-06-19 17:44:25 +1000
Mikayla 2024-06-19 17:44:25 +1000
A poorly considered thought bubble and distraction.
Peter 2024-06-19 17:44:24 +1000
Jane 2024-06-19 17:44:24 +1000
We need to transition to CO2 free energy now. The renewable mixture is possible now. Nuclear is just a distraction. I am a small business owner and usually a Liberal voter but this issue is the MOST important issue at this time.
Don 2024-06-19 17:44:17 +1000
It is absolute madness to consider nuclear is an option for this country.
Jen 2024-06-19 17:44:15 +1000
Nuclear power is not a viable option, there is no plan for waste disposal and a disaster like Fukushima or Chernobyl should stop any discussion! Waste is radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years! I realise most of us won’t be here but that I so so selfish and toxic.
Lynnette 2024-06-19 17:44:14 +1000
I want Australia to be nuclear free because I believe in renewables and I don’t want my grandchildren growing up worrying about a disaster that can happen.
Sandra 2024-06-19 17:44:10 +1000