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We support a nuclear free future for Australia that is without uranium mining, nuclear power and engages in responsible management of existing radioactive waste.
Almost half of the world’s uranium reserves are found in Australia, and we are the third largest supplier of uranium to the global market. All of Australia’s uranium is exported, including to countries who continue to produce nuclear weapons.
We have the lion's share of the Earth's nuclear ingredients buried in our backyard – which means Australia has a significant role and responsibility in the international nuclear debate.
Uranium is a mineral that poses particular risks. Often Australian uranium deposits are quite low grade and this means it has to be mined on a huge scale, causing significant disruption to the environment.
The processes used in uranium mining generate radioactive materials, contaminating the surrounding soil, air and water. These radioactive materials are know to cause a variety of cancers, and can damage the genetic and reproductive systems of plants, animals and humans.
ACF has consistently opposed uranium mining and worked to highlight the threats it poses to our environment, sensitive ecosystems, Indigenous cultures and local communities. Our efforts have helped to halt plans for a controversial new mine at Jabiluka in Kakadu and have seen other projects deferred and delayed.
The battle is far from won.
Australia’s operating uranium mines have been plagued by leaks, spills and accidents. There still isn't a secure, long-term solution to cope with the millions of tonnes of radioactive byproduct from mining operations, or the residual nuclear waste from power stations.
We are committed to working with Indigenous landowners, civil society groups and the wider community to end this trade that creates environmental and cultural damage at home and fuels dangerous reactors and nuclear insecurity overseas
Despite strong resistance from the local community and a lack of consent from many Traditional Owners, the federal government is pursuing the creation of a radioactive waste dump in Muckaty in the Northern Territory. We are working with Muckaty Traditional Owners and the local community to campaign for a responsible and long-term approach to radioactive waste management.
The Fukushima nuclear emergency, the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, has seen a renewed questioning of nuclear power and national energy strategies around the world. Many nations have since scrapped or are reviewing nuclear projects.
Germany, the world’s fifth largest industrial economy, has declared that the atomic era is over. Chancellor Angela Merkel has committed her government to a renewable energy future. In the corporate world, engineering giant Siemens declared the "nuclear chapter is closed", promising to no longer fund, construct or operate nuclear power plants.
Here in Australia, despite a cavalier commitment to continued uranium sales on the part of both major federal political parties, the sector has been hit hard by a combination of falling prices and popularity.
While there never was a nuclear renaissance the embattled industry is now steadily heading towards a very dark age.
Our shared energy future must be renewable, not radioactive. At best Australian uranium becomes radioactive waste, at worst, fallout. An immediate and independent examination of the real risks and responsibilities of Australia’s involvement in the global nuclear trade is needed.
Download a No Nukes poster by Yoshitomo Nara.
Australia's future is in clean energy. We are working with community, government and business on the transition to a clean energy economy. Our clean energy map highlights Australia’s huge renewable energy potential and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that would be created across each state.