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Nation Radioactive Waste Management Bill: Submission deadline extended to April 9

The deadline for submissions to the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill  has been extended from today to April 9.

The easiest and quickest way to make a submission is to sign Friends of the Earth’s online submission, adding any comments you like. Click here to sign the online submission.

Alternatively, you can write your own submission and email it

Here are the THREE MAIN POINTS to concentrate on with your submissions ……….courtesy of one of our state MP’S!

Kazzi Jai   Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges

Land Owner Nomination

Technical Suitability

Broad Community Support


See some submission tips below:

Stuck for what to write for your submission which closes tomorrow? Unfortunately I cannot credit the author of this as I cannot find the original post – biggest apologies! – please pm me if you know who it is – but this is straight to the point!

(1) Definition of immediate neighbours changed from one phase to the next .SHAME

(2) The term broad community support being determined by one minister’s definition .SHAME

(3) 2789 submissions from outside Kimba boundary acknowledged but obviously not considered in final decision .SHAME

(4) Community supporting members closer to the site than the township of Kimba not given a vote . SHAME

(5) Landowner able to nominate without first consulting with community. SHAME

(6) Site now characterised as a station to imply that it is in some kind of remote far away land . SHAME

(7) Calling high level waste intermediate . SHAME

(8) Implying that the Kimba community is somehow responsible for the ongoing production of nuclear medicine . SHAME

(8) Native title holders acknowledged but not considered in final decision . SHAME .

(9) ARPANSA guidelines regarding agricultural land completely ignored. SHAME

(10) Definition of radioactive waste now described as controlled waste . SHAME

(11) My descendants will be forced to apologise on behalf of a decision I did not make.SHAME.

(12) MONEY , MONEY, MONEY, may well have a happy rhythm to it, but what of the decision if there were no dollars attached . This process has left one part of our community joyous and the rest of us absolutely gutted. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME


March 26, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Please lodge a submission against waste dump in South Australia

No Dump Alliance, Jemila Rushton 23 Mar 20,

We know that right now, you are likely doing all you can to keep families and communities safe, and trying to stay up to date with the important updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

While we are doing the same, and only just starting to imagine what campaigning in this era of COVID-19 might look like, there is a critical moment approaching in the campaign to stop the federal governments plan to dump nuclear waste in South Australia.

Please lodge a submission opposing the federal government’s nuclear waste dump plans on or before this Thursday, March 26.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill specifically target SA for a national nuclear waste ‘facility’ ‒ a repository for low-level waste and an above-ground ‘interim’ (indefinite) store for long-lived intermediate-level waste including nuclear reactor fuel waste.

The Bill is deeply flawed and should be rejected. Among other problems, the Bill and the existing Act systematically disempower and dispossess Barngarla Traditional Owners who are unanimous in their opposition to the proposed nuclear waste facility.

Please make a submission on or before this Thursday March 26 to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee which is holding an inquiry to the Bill.

Peter Woolford, chair of the No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA group, writes:

“As a farmer in Kimba I ask people to stand together with us in writing a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee. It is so important that this flawed process and legislation is called out as a totally unacceptable methodology of responsible radioactive waste management in Australia and the Bill should not be supported. By contributing a submission to the inquiry, we can all make a positive difference.” 

The easiest and quickest way to make a submission is to simply sign the online submission drafted by Dr. Jim Green from Friends of the Earth, adding any comments you like. Click here to sign the online submission. 

Alternatively, you can write your own submission and email it to:

For information on the inquiry, see this link.

For information on the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill 2020, see this link.

We hope you are all safe, healthy and taking care of each other.

March 23, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

It is not too late to tell the Australian govt “NO” to South Australia nuclear waste dump

If you use the ACE template, please change at least some of the words and the heading, as the government counts multiple copies of the same email as a single submission.

Submissions close Thursday 26 March

The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill amends the National Radioactive Waste Management Act to specifically target South Australia for a national nuclear waste ‘facility’ ‒ a repository for low-level waste and an above-ground ‘interim’ store for long-lived intermediate-level waste including nuclear reactor fuel waste.

The Bill is deeply flawed and should be rejected. Among other problems, the Bill and the existing Act systematically disempower and dispossess Barngarla Traditional Owners who are unanimous in their opposition to the proposed nuclear waste facility.

 You can make a submission on or before Thursday March 26 to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee which is holding an inquiry to the Bill.

The easiest and quickest way to make a submission is to simply sign our online submission, adding any comments you like.  – Friends of the Earth

Click here to use our proforma

Alternatively, you can write your own submission and email it to:

For information on the inquiry, click here.

For information on the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill 2020, click here.

March 19, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Submissions due by Thurs 26th March to Senate Nuclear Waste Inquiry

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch Australia  10 Mar 20, See David Noonan Input to Senate Nuclear Waste Inquiry, with nine Recommendations at p.4, available at:…/uploads/nrwm-bill-david-noonan…

Public Submissions are due by Thurs 26th March with Inquiry to report by 12th June.

The “Inquiry into National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill 2020” webpage is at:…/…/Senate/Economics/RadioactiveWaste

Call on this Inquiry to hold public Hearings in South Australia and on Eyre Peninsula (not just in Kimba).

The Committee contacts are email: and T: 02 6277 3540

March 10, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Sign the petition- Fight To Stop A Nuclear Waste Dump In South Australia

Susan Craig Fight To Stop A Nuclear Waste Dump In South Australia, February 23   NO country so far has succeeded in building a permanent high level nuclear waste dump and no material has yet been invented that can withstand the corrosive action of nuclear materials for more than 100 years, This nuclear waste that “they” want to put in “our” South Australia, is intermediate/high level, 100% lethal and remains radioactive for tens of thousands of years and will be stored above ground in a wheat field less than 300kms from Adelaide as the wind blows. The danger will be with us now and forever and ever and ever and ever. Sign the petition NOW.

March 2, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

All Aboard! Peace Boat workshop in Port Adelaide

Start: Monday, January 13, 2020 • 5:30 PM

End: Monday, January 13, 2020 • 8:00 PM

Peace Boat• Oliver Rogers Rd, Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, Australia 5018

Host Contact Info:

The Peace Boat is dropping anchor in five Australian cities this January. Come aboard for a tour of this floating university and participate in an action-based workshop on nuclear issues. Listen, learn, discuss and activate! Whether it’s advocating to your local council, parliamentary representatives or super fund, now is the time to push for meaningful action.

The Port Adelaide edition will explore South Australian campaigns against nuclear waste and uranium mining as well as the movement for the nuclear weapon ban treaty. Your hosts are experienced nuclear-free activists and people directly impacted by the industry.

As Peace Boat is an international vessel, registration in advance with valid ID is required to come aboard, per Port Authority and Customs and Immigration requirements. Registration closes strictly on 9th January and late registrations cannot be accepted.

Guests must present the Photo ID used to register on the day, and name and number registered must match the ID. Your details will be kept strictly confidential and used only for the purposes of boarding.

The ship is wheelchair accessible. If you have any particular access needs, please include them on the form.

Bring a phone, tablet or laptop with you – as we’ll be getting to work!

We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Sponsored by ICAN

December 28, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

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).

Office Admin

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