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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

Keshia 2022-11-09 20:52:26 +1100
Layla 2022-11-08 21:58:28 +1100
Belinda 2022-11-08 18:04:32 +1100
Zoia 2022-11-05 09:34:13 +1100
If we don’t mine it, we don’t use it or sell it.
If we don’t use it then we don’t have to worry about safe storage of waste. If we don’t have waste, it can’t be stolen. If it can’t be stolen, it can’t be used for nuclear weapons …
No Uranium Mining In Australia, nor anywhere else for that matter.
Marion 2022-11-01 22:49:58 +1100
I Want WA to be nuclear free and 1080 free.
Victoria 2022-11-01 15:38:49 +1100
I don’t want nuclear power plants or submarines or nuclear waste in Australia because it in unsafe and we will just have a nuclear wasteland and we have wind and solar renewable energy that is better for humanity in the long run and the people of our nation
Ingrid 2022-11-01 12:17:29 +1100
Fiona 2022-10-31 20:43:11 +1100
We need to be safe, secure and planning for the future generations not having a nuclear catastrophe hanging like a millstone over our heads
Adrian 2022-10-31 13:28:12 +1100
Nuclear power is nothing but a dirty, dangerous distraction from real climate solutions like clean energy from the sun and wind. We have alternative solutions that are less destructive and require less clean-up and waste management, and have less risk associated with them if they go wrong, are damaged or attacked.
Don’t let short term profits for corporations leave a dangerous legacy for everyone else.
Please make Australia nuclear-free. Thank you
Garry 2022-10-31 09:05:30 +1100
Australia must remain nuclear free. We must stop mining and exporting uranium. nuc power is expensive and can create dire and irreparable damage to the planet when things go wrong.
Beryl 2022-10-30 22:42:39 +1100
I want Australia to be nuclear free because I believe in respecting our earth, use of clean energy and protecting future generations .
Deidre 2022-10-30 18:09:15 +1100
We don’t need nuclear as we have so much wind and sun to access. We are the lucky country if we work smarter not fossil fuel yesteryear dumber
Dave 2022-10-30 15:49:16 +1100
Nell 2022-10-30 13:38:52 +1100
We need to invest in clean renewable energy. It’s time to stop all environmental destruction and build a clean sustainable future.
Felicity 2022-10-30 05:10:22 +1100
Ant 2022-10-30 00:55:16 +1100
I want Australia to be nuclear free because that ship has sailed. Look to the future for green energy solutions that are better for our planet and creating a sustainable future.
Sharna 2022-10-29 23:46:38 +1100
I 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.
Helene 2022-10-29 22:08:30 +1100
Ian 2022-10-29 18:09:48 +1100
Linda 2022-10-29 16:37:12 +1100
We have seen how risky it is from the past. As well the problem with the waste is still not solved. No not here. We have wind and sun as no other country.
Emanuel 2022-10-29 14:45:00 +1100
Uranium needs absolutely to stay in the ground rocks, where it has always been; mining of this product results in long term environmental destruction/contamination, and there is ever the potential for the mined product to fall into the hands of terrorists and toxic terrorist regimes, which have the potential, at best, to blackmail their perceived adversaries, and, at worst, to use the product in its most destruction form as weapons of mass destruction. Even the “peaceful” use is hazardous, as the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, (and others), have shown, and now, currently we have the plant at Zaporizhzha under threat and blackmail from the occupying brutal Russian forces. Absolutely leave the blithering highly dangerous product in the ground.
David Anthony 2022-10-29 13:34:25 +1100
Victor 2022-10-29 07:28:09 +1100
Cara 2022-10-20 18:32:38 +1100
Nuclear power is never a safe option. Renewables for the future
Rae 2022-10-15 13:48:44 +1100
Elizabeth 2022-10-13 20:22:27 +1100
Renewable wind and solar energy:
1. is already far cheaper than nuclear power
2. never needs to be refueled with highly toxic metal
3. doesn’t require $2 billion cleanups of former mines like Jabiru
4. creates no pollution – in fact it saves many lives from avoiding air and water pollution
5. does not rely on huge volumes of increasingly scarce water for cooling – a lack of cooling water has shut down nearly half of the reactors in France – this is the real cause of Europe’s current energy crisis
6. does not take decades to construct or result in huge cost overruns
7. waste free – no extremely hazardous waste is created with a half-life of 100,000 years
8. No one is ever going to create a ‘solar bomb’ or a ‘wind bomb’
9. has much less maintenance requirements
10. creates far more local jobs
11. saves the planet from global heating
12. does not rely on a global workforce with a specific set of skills that is rapidly reaching retirement age, with almost no new recruitment occurring.
Stewart 2022-10-13 16:59:58 +1100
I want Australia to be nuclear free because it is irresponsible to be mining and exporting uranium when we know the harm the nuclear power industry has caused in impacts on indigenous people when u-mining is executed, The experiences of nuc power when it goes wrong should be enough to turn all away from that crazily expensive way of generating electricity. We have feared nuclear power being weaponised in warfare – See Zaporishia in Ukraine.
Judy 2022-10-13 02:59:47 +1100
I want Australia to be Nuclear Free for the welfare of my grandchildren and all future generations. Australia is in a perfect position to use renewable energy sources for the total of our energy needs into the foreseeable future.
Laraine 2022-10-13 00:46:06 +1100
Elise 2022-10-12 18:29:57 +1100