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
From ancient rock formations to mountains swirled with ochre, this continent is a geological wonderland. Some of our minerals are even vibrant green – and radioactive. In fact, around a third of the world’s uranium reserves are found in Australia.
But we must leave the uranium in the ground to keep our communities and the nature we rely on safe.
Mining these radioactive rocks pollutes our air, soil and water. It can damage the genetic and reproductive systems of plants, animals and people.
All of Australia’s operating uranium mines have a history of leaks, spills and accidents – and none have ever been properly rehabilitated. To this day, radioactive waste percolates in the local drainage system of the now abandoned Mary Kathleen mine in Queensland.
Nuclear power is nothing but a dirty, dangerous distraction from real climate solutions like clean energy from the sun and wind.
And there is no secure, long-term solution to cope with the millions of tonnes of radioactive waste from mining operations, or the more risky and longer-lived radioactive waste from nuclear power stations.
Yet for two decades now, successive governments have tried imposing uranium mines and radioactive waste dumps on unwilling remote communities. Right now, they're pushing to ship, store and bury national radioactive waste on Barngarla country in South Australia, even though SA and Barngarla Traditional Owners said no to being an international waste dump.
Decisions on handling radioactive waste last longer than this generation. 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
We have abundance of renewal and sustainable alternatives in the shape of solar & wind power
We need to be looking to protecting what we have left of our land, flora and fauna, water ways, and aquifers from further destruction and pollution…..it can’t keep going on
Nuclear is destructive to life.
We simply don’t need it. We don’t. Let’s finally show our respect for our environment instead of just saying we do.
I want Australia to be nuclear free because I wish to protect all nature and humanity
Keep uranium in the ground for a nuclear-free future!
It’s not a sustainable option as it has been made out to be… It’s a better alternative to coal and gas but that is it
I want Australia to be nuclear free because nuclear power is high risk and high cost, and radioactive waste is extremely difficult to manage and dispose of safely.
I want Australia to be Nuclear Free because my father was in the Occupational forces in Japan in1946 Stationed at Hiroshima and died aged 69.
I want Austrlia to be nuclear free because it is DEADLY to Australuans and the rest of the planet. 10,000 years of lethal waste is a bizarre outcome for a short term problem. We can use renewables, we have the technonogy.
we want to remove the risk of mutually assured destruction
Wind & Solar power are already giving us the Energy needed – we certainly Don’t Want Nuclear’s filthy detrimental trailings polluting our rivers & toxifying our soils for decades 2 come Brainer Gov. So called Democracy??
From the beginning of Australia wanting to use Uranium and export Uranium I have always thought it was such a risky thing to do.
The disposal of the end product (nuclear waste) is appalling when it remains such a risk to all life.
I stand, along with many clear thinking people, for a ban on all Uranium mining, exports, nuclear power, weapons, disposal etc.
Use real climate solutions.
A Nuclear free Australia is the best choice for us to be.
It does not make sense to choose Uranium.
There are way too many nuclear weapons and chemicals being used in the many wars that have been going on for years and years that result in birth defects and long lasting damage to our planet.
Toxic nuclear tailings dam failure due to rain events occur at every uranium mine ever!
Wind borne radiation contamination applies to all nuclear tests as well as nuclear plant meltdowns.
Most nuclear plants are on major rivers.
France has seven closed nuclear plants. France’s second major river no longer flows.
Bob Hawke’s rationale was "if Ausralia didn’t supply fissile
U-235 Africa would". No mention of end waste being the suppliers responsibility. Nor any mention of the abandoned Northern Territory’s Rum Jungle uranium mine’s continuing toxic contamination.
How many know the British conducted multiple nuclear tests at Montebella lslands off Western Australia as well as Emu Field and Maralinga in South Australia between 1952 and 1963. That the extent of contamination at Maraliga wasn’t recognised untill 1984 pending it’s proposed return to it’s Aboriginal owners ?
Who knows where the actual site is of the cleanup scrapings of Maralinga, that they were still in interim storage in 2019?
Let alone 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear plants leaked contaminants.
How many people know 3 Mile lsland is in the U.S.A. or Chernobyl is in Ukraine?
How many are aware of Australia’s abandoned uranium mine’s location, the extent of it’s ongoing leaching of toxins?
So it goes
To expensive/The waste is very Toxic & lasts forever