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One week left to put in submissions to Federal Nuclear Inquiry

There’s only 1 week until submissions close for the ‘Inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia’.

Coalition members hold the numbers on the Committee and it’s important that they hear opposing voices.

Make a submission!

Please write your own submission or use our online proforma here.

Submissions can be emailed to

Or posted to: Standing Committee on Environment and Energy

PO Box 6021, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600

Nuclear power is a dangerous distraction from real movement on the pressing energy decisions and climate actions we need. Rather than fuel carbon emissions and radioactive risk through domestic coal power plants and the export of coal and uranium, Australia should embrace the fastest growing global energy sector ‒ renewables ‒ and become a driver of clean energy thinking and technology. Renewable energy is affordable, low risk, clean, and popular. Nuclear is simply not. Our shared energy future is renewable, not radioactive.

For more information, see  report: Nuclear Power – No Solution to Climate Change   – ACE Nuclear Free Collective, Friends of the Earth Melbourne


September 8, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Melbourne Event this Wednesday: Is nuclear power a solution to climate change?

When: Wednesday 28 August 2019, 6.30-8pm
Where: Yami Lester room, Friends of the Earth Office, 312 Smith St, Collingwood

The Federal Government has announced an inquiry into nuclear power, the Victorian and NSW Parliaments are conducting similar inquiries and conservative ideologues are promoting nuclear power. At this event, Prof. Tilman Ruff and Dr Jim Green will bust some of the myths around nuclear power and we’ll show some short films about Chernobyl and other less-known nuclear accidents.

Come along with your questions about nuclear power and enjoy free soup and hot drinks!


Prof. Tilman Ruff (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Australia and Medical Association for Prevention of War) will speak about the public health impacts of nuclear power.
Dr Jim Green (Friends of the Earth) will launch a new Friends of the Earth report,  Nuclear Power – No Solution to Climate Change (

+ short films about Chernobyl and other less-known nuclear accidents
+ Q&A
RSVP here

Contact:, 0417 318 368

August 27, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

New South Wales Parliament inquiries on uranium, nuclear, and energy

Dan Monceaux shared a linkNuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia , 1 Aug 19
In the NSW Parliament there are two inquiries underway that are relevant to this group’s discussion. There are opportunities to make submissions to both.

1. Uranium Mining and Nuclear Facilities (Prohibitions) Repeal Bill 2019 (Submissions close 18 October 2019)

2. Sustainability of energy supply and resources in NSW (Submissions close 15 September 2019)

August 1, 2019 Posted by | ACTION, New South Wales, politics | Leave a comment

To 9 July Nuclear and Climate News Australia

The TV mini-series “Chernobyl” has reminded the world of something that the insurance industry fully understands: even if the probability of a nuclear accident is very small, the consequences of a nuclear accident are very big.

Two current events highlight the risks of nuclear disaster:

14 sailors died in a heroic effort to avert a planetary catastrophe, in a fire accident on a Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea.

 Earthquakes in Southern California raise anxieties about the safety of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Station. The Quake That Could Make Los Angeles a Radioactive Dead Zone. What are the risks at closed San Onofre during a big earthquake?



CLIMATE. Australia now emitting record greenhouse gases.

RENEWABLE ENERGY Victoria rooftop solar rebate in hot demand, with July quota filled in just days. Victorian wind farm to power massive new recycling plant.

The raid on journalist’s home by armed federal police.


Far from stopping climate change – nuclear reactors are being stopped by climate change.

Special UN meeting to discuss Iran: Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany try to keep nuclear deal.

United Nations warns that climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week and work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the profound impacts. Rich countries are not immune.

Renewable energy racing ahead, close to beating nuclear power.


July 9, 2019 Posted by | ACTION, Christina reviews | Leave a comment

28 July Film Event Adelaide: “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons”.

Film Event hosted by Womens International League for Peace and Freedom   WILPF_SA
Sunday 28th July 2pm at 99 Osmond Tce Norwood presenting the Premier Adelaide screening of the recently released (June 2019) “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons”.

This 59 minute documentary film takes the viewer through a brief history of nuclear bombs and the anti-nuclear activism that has pushed to eliminate them ever since their invention, including moving testimony from Hiroshima bomb survivor, Setsuko Thurlow. It moves into a consideration of the humanitarian initiative that successfully challenged the dominant security discourse and the historic steps taken since 2010 to turn the treaty from a dream into a reality. The key roles of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, who won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, and the International Committee of the Red Cross are highlighted. The story is told through interviews with 14 experts in their fields.

Why is it not OK for Iran to build a bomb: but ‘reasonable’ that OZ consider such?
Recent xenophobic pontification by local academe needs to be called out for what it is ~ Warmongering.

Office Admin

July 8, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Friday 22 March: “Facing Up to Federal Government -Targeting of South Australia for Nuclear waste Storage – What are the Options?”

By: David Noonan B.Sc., M.Env.St.
Independent Environment Campaigner

On: Friday 22 March, 6:45 for a 7:00 PM start

At: Public Schools Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide

Held by: MAPW (SA)

Talk to Scope Nuclear waste Plans, Responses and Options:

Federal gov. nuclear waste plans are prohibited under SA law, are contrary to Advice of Nuclear Safety Committee, arguably compromise Safety & Security in SA, disproportionately affect Indigenous people, intend to impose ANSTO nuclear fuel waste shipments through either Whyalla or Port Pirie and to indefinitely store irradiated nuclear fuel waste above ground at either Hawker in iconic Flinders ranges or Kimba on Eyre Peninsula agricultural region;

See Background Article & Briefer:
“ANSTO nuclear waste to compromise safety and security in SA” (FOE Aust News, Dec 2018)

Briefer (Nov 2018):

RSVP to Amanda Ruler –
by March 19 2019.

Dr Amanda J Ruler is SA Branch Co-coordinator, Medical Association for Prevention of War & National Vice President, Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia).

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March 18, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Public Meeting in Melbourne: Keep Western Australia Uranium Free!

Jim Green .Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, March 6, 19 

Please join us for a public meeting on Wednesday, March 13, from 6.30‒8pm in Melbourne.
Special Guest speakers:
— K‒A Garlick ‒ Nuclear Free Community Campaigner, Conservation Council of Western Australia
— Dave Sweeney ‒ Nuclear Free Campaigner, Australian Conservation Foundation
— Dr Jim Green ‒ National Nuclear Free Campaigner ‒ Friends of the Earth Australia
WA is currently facing the threat of uranium mining. Several Tjiwarl Traditional Owners have joined with the WA Conservation Council to mount a legal challenge to prevent mining at Yeelirrie ‒ a proposal twice rejected by the WA EPA because of unacceptable risks of species extinction. Please join us to hear about this important legal challenge and the broader resistance to uranium mining in WA and across Australia.
Hosted by Friends of the Earth Melbourne
312 Smith St, Collingwood (Friends of the Earth office)
Wednesday, March 13, 6.30‒8pm
Snacks provided.

March 9, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

Meeting -Sydney – Sunday 16 December: Facebook Livestream viewing in Melbourne:
rallies will demand that the Australian government exercise its undeniable diplomatic and legal powers to insist that the British government immediately and unconditionally allow Assange to leave the United Kingdom and return to Australia if he so chooses. The courageous journalist must be provided with a guarantee, by both the Coalition and Labor, that Canberra will categorically reject any US application for Assange’s extradition
SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?  By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) , 28 November 2018As this year draws to a close, WikiLeaks publisher and Australian citizen Julian Assange remains effectively imprisoned inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, denied sunlight and medical care, and blocked from communicating with the outside world. A court document, which surfaced in November, confirms that the US government has filed and sealed criminal charges against Assange, on the basis that his media organisation, WikiLeaks, published leaked information revealing US war crimes and anti-democratic imperialist intrigues.

The information vindicates the fight waged by Assange and his defenders against an arrest warrant, issued against him in 2010, obligating him to answer “questions” over false allegations that he had committed sexual assault in Sweden. The allegations were fabricated in order to provide ammunition for various pro-US layers to discredit Assange and to create the conditions for him to be rendered to a country that could rapidly extradite him to the US. The American ruling elite is determined to make an example of Assange by putting him on trial for “espionage” or “conspiracy,” in order to intimidate every journalist and whistleblower. Continue reading

December 8, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

The Royal Nuclear Show — exhibition on in Victoria

Public works: Royal Nuclear Show, THE AUSTRALIAN, By BRONWYN WATSON,  DECEMBER 7, 2018

“……….Screen-printing workshops across the country, such as Redback Graphix, Earthworks Poster Collective and the Tin Sheds, created posters that adorned cafes, telephone poles, university campuses, libraries and virtually any public space. They had slogans such as No Nukes No Tests, No More Hiroshimas, and End Uranium Mining. At the time, perception of a nuclear future was seen as progressive and positive, with governments and industry trying to promote nuclear experimentation as necessary to the nation’s security and beneficial to humanity.

One artist who emphasised these issues in her poster prints was Toni Robertson, whose work, The Royal Nuclear Show — 3, is on show at the Burrinja Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre in Upwey, Victoria. Produced while Robertson was an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide in 1981, it depicts a dystopian post-nuclear carnival where crowds wander past a billboard with a baby sleeping and sucking a bottle. On the baby’s pillow is written Bomblet. The billboard reads: “Meet the nuclear family, Bomblet the baby nuke. He’s so like his dad! This little boy was conceived as a low yield, tactical weapon for use in limited theatre war.” “Little boy” was the name given to the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

……. Gallery and exhibition curator JD Mittmann says this work “really resonates quite strongly with me. It is really a statement of the time, but I think not much has changed in some ways. We are still sold nuclear technology, especially as a solution to climate change problems. Certainly, it is important to remember how dangerous these things are, and so I think this print might have been from 1981 but if you had 2011 underneath it, it would work in just the same way.”

December 8, 2018 Posted by | ACTION, art and culture, Victoria | Leave a comment

28 November: Anti-Nuclear Coalition (ANC) delegation to meet with Department of Industry Innovation and Science

Anti-Nuclear Coalition South Australia, No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 22 Nov 18

Anti-Nuclear Coalition (ANC) delegation to meet with Department of Industry Innovation and Science

Support this meeting and protest the national nuclear waste dump outside DIIS offices, 26 Franklin St, November 28 2018 between 12:45 – 2:00 pm.

Last September the ANC requested meetings with several politicians, including state members Koutsantonis and Minister for Resources & Energy Pellekaan.

Koutsantonis initially agreed and a meeting was arranged. It was cancelled at the last moment with no explanation. On the other hand, Pellekaan initially declined our request, but after a protest outside Premier Marshall’s office and a second letter, a half-hour meeting was granted. Five members of the ANC met with the Minister at Parliament House on Nov 14. A report of that meeting will be ready soon.

Federal Minister Canavan was also asked to meet with members of the ANC and he agreed, but in Canberra. Eventually he delegated bureaucrats charged with running the NRWMF consultation to meet three members in Adelaide on November 28.

At this meeting, we will raise the following:
1. How closely have the Federal Minister and the DIIS worked with state counterparts to inform them of plans for the national radioactive dump? (SA politicians, media and the public, generally, remain confused and poorly informed, or wilfully ignorant.)

2. Former Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg has said that a radioactive waste dump is a matter of “national significance”. We agree. A national dump IS NOT ONLY A LOCAL ISSUE! We will request DIIS organise a public meeting in Adelaide to ensure that state politicians, media and the public also have the opportunity to hear about the proposal and to question the agencies responsible.

3. Where is it located, what quantity and what does the Department of Defence radioactive waste consist of?

4. After several decades of debate and aborted plans for dumping radioactive waste, why is there still no full inventory and no acceptance criteria for the current proposal available? Why should any community be asked to consider hosting a dump without this basic information?

5. Re the “temporary storage” of intermediate level waste (ILW) ARPANSA’s licence arrangement with ANSTO for the current temporary storage of ILW at Lucas Heights is ‘until a permanent repository is sited and built’. Under no circumstances should it be moved to yet another “temporary” site – for up to 100 years, according to the regulator, ARPANSA .

6. How long does DIIS consider is the lifetime of the canisters containing the ILW. What facilities would there be at the proposed NRWMF to re-package the waste should it be necessary?

7. How long does DIIS consider it would take to site and build a permanent dump for ILW?

We consider that the proposal to build a NRWMF in South Australia is illegal under the SA Nuclear Waste (Prohibition) Act.

If you believe that this dump is a matter for all South Australians, be at 26 Franklin St Nov. 28th 12:45

November 22, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment


ALP have their national conference in Adelaide in December. While there are no guarantees, it is looking likely that they will be running the show after the next election. It is looking unlikely that Minister Canavan will be able to select a site for the waste dump before then. [ed: because the govt doesn’t want it to be an election issue]
The SA ALP passed a pretty good motion on radioactive waste at their conference in October.  We want the federal ALP to do the same. Or better.
We have set up an online lobbying tool so people can easily email or call their ALP MPs and Senators. Information below. With lots of phone calls, emails and any other contact possible, hopefully they will take note, end the current process and sort this radioactive mess out.
Wherever you are in Australia, please contact your ALP members to say no waste dump. The Labor Party have their national conference in Adelaide in mid December. With a federal election just around the corner, we want as many people as possible to contact them to urge them to adopt a strong policy on radioactive waste management. Conservation SA has set up an online lobbying tool. Just enter your postcode and it will automatically send an email to your ALP members. You can use the existing text, or edit to suit. Alternatively, you can call your ALP members.

November 12, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Labor Fringe 16 – 18 December Adelaide, SA


16 – 18 December Adelaide, SA  Welcome to Fringe 2018! “Labor is at its best when we are the party of ideas and action” ‘Labor Fringe will bring together organisations, advocates, professionals  and members of the public from across the nation  to debate, connect, promote and share ideas that will shape the future of Australia.

‘The 48th Australian Labor National Conference will be held  from Sunday 16 – Tuesday 18 December 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre,  and the Fringe Program runs alongside the action on Conference Floor. 

‘Fringe 2018 will comprise of 80 events that explore diverse and integral issues facing Australia,  it will form an integral part of Labor’s highest decision-making platform.

‘Fringe 2018 provides an incomparable opportunity for organisations to showcase  and launch integral ideas and conversations to a large and diverse Labor audience. 

‘Fringe presents innovative and creative policy proposals,  thought-provoking speakers and powerful debates on the ideas  and organising challenges facing Labor and Australia.’

Our Vision Fringe is essential to Labor’s ongoing commitment to a culture of ideas.  We are proud to bring together organisations and individuals who are  passionate and committed to Labor values and ensuring a better Australia. 

‘Fringe provides an exciting platform for all Labor Party members and supporters  to share their ideas and visions for the future, whilst being able to hear from  our Party leaders and inspiring organisations that continue to fight for change.’

November 12, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

The Power of the Documentary Utopia

“Includes a special introduction from John Pilger

‘Utopia is an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger.

‘Drawing on his long association with the first people of Australia, his homeland,
Utopia is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture and
an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.

‘One of the world’s best kept secrets is revealed against a background
of the greatest boom in mineral wealth.
Has the ‘lucky country’ inherited South African apartheid?

‘Utopia tells a universal story of power and resistance in the media age
driven by old imperatives and presented as liberalism.

‘This session will be Introduced by John Pilger … ‘

November 3, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Saturday 3 November: Adelaide. Rally – Don’t Dump on South Australlia

Don’t Dump on SA Rally on Kaurna Land at Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide at 11.30am on Saturday 3rd November.

Mara for Don’t Dump on SA

Last week we found out that the Barngarla Injunction hearing will go back to court on 30 January 2019. Here is a link to a statement from DIIS (the Department of Industry Innovation and Science). Yesterday there was an article in The Advertiser saying that the Minister’s decision may be delayed until next year.

With the ballot on hold, this rally is more important than ever. We need to come together and say NO to a radioactive waste dump in SA and ensure that the government ends this terrible site selection process.
We want the government to take all three sites in SA off the table and to hold an full independent inquiry into the best way to manage our most dangerous waste. They must stop targeting remote and regional areas and give Aboriginal people a right of veto for proposals that threaten their country and culture.
We want a huge presence at the rally to show Minister Canavan that he does NOT have broad community support for a waste dump in SA and that he can’t impose one on this unwilling community.
Please join us to show We Still Say No to Radioactive Waste in SA!
The rally will also voice opposition to another threat to Adnyamathanha country –  Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) at Leigh Creek.
The facebook event is here: Please share and promote widely!
In the meantime, please send in submissions to DIIS opposing the dump, encourage everyone you know to do the same and please promote the rally.
We have a great lineup of speakers and performers. Please come along on 3rd November to show We Still Say NO to radioactive waste in SA!

October 27, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Join in supporting the Radioactive Waste submission to Department of Industry, Innovation & Science

Jim Green   The federal government is accepting submissions about the hideous proposal to dump radioactive waste in SA. Unsafe, unwanted and unnecessary! We’re concerned that the government is trying to manufacture consent with this process, which makes it all the more important to send submissions opposing the dump. Please write your own submission or simply add you name to the submission drafted by the SA Conservation Council ‒ it will only take a minute of your time! Follow this link:  Radioactive Waste submission to DIIS

October 23, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment