Anti-nuclear movement in Australia

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  • Toro Energy (uranium mining) AGM at QV1 Conference Centre, 250 St Georges Terrace, in Perth WA: 27/11/2014 at 10 AM


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Nuclear testing, uranium mining and export, and nuclear energy have often been the subject of public debate in Australia, and the anti-nuclear movement in Australia has a long history. Its origins date back to the 1972–73 debate over French nuclear testing in the Pacific and the 1976–77 debate about uranium mining in Australia.[1][2]

Several groups specifically concerned with nuclear issues were established in the mid-1970s, including the Movement Against Uranium Mining and Campaign Against Nuclear Energy (CANE), cooperating with other environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth and the Australian Conservation Foundation.[3][4] But by the late 1980s, the price of uranium had fallen, and the costs of nuclear power had risen, and the anti-nuclear movement seemed to have won its case. CANE disbanded itself in 1988.[5]

About 2003, proponents of nuclear power advocated it as a solution to global warming and the Australian government began taking an interest. Anti-nuclear campaigners and some scientists in Australia emphasised that nuclear power could not significantly substitute for other power sources, and that uranium mining itself could become a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions.

As of 2010, Australia has no nuclear power stations and the current Rudd Labor government is opposed to nuclear power for Australia.[6] Australia has three operating uranium mines at Olympic Dam (Roxby) and Beverley - both in South Australia's north - and at Ranger in the Northern Territory. As of April 2009, construction has begun on South Australia's third uranium mine—the Honeymoon Uranium Mine.[7] Australia has no nuclear weapons.


Groups and Organizations


Some past events

  • Paladin (uranium mining) AGM at Royal Perth Yacht Club, Australia II Drive, in Crawley: 20/11/2014 at 9.30 AM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at Mechanics Institute, William St., in Northbridge: 03/11/2014 at 6 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at Mechanics Institute, William St., in Northbridge: 28/10/2014 at 6 PM
  • Mayors for Peace conference at Town Hall in Fremantle: 22/09/2014 at 9 PM
  • Peace Walk starting at Bathers Beach in Fremantle: 21/09/2014 at 10 AM
  • Cabaret Quiz Night to fundraise for the West Australian Nuclear Free Alliance at Victoria Hall, 179 High St, in Fremantle: 19/09/2014 at 7 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at Mechanics Institute, William St., in Northbridge: 16/09/2014 at 6 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at Mechanics Institute, William St., in Northbridge: 02/09/2014 at 6 PM
  • lecture "Renewable Energy in a Post Fukushima World" at Town Hall in Perth: 24/08/2014 at 6 PM
  • Mayors for Peace planning session at Town Hall, reception room, in Fremantle: 19/08/2014 at 4 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at Mechanics Institute, William St., in Northbridge: 18/08/2014 at 6 PM
  • Training For Action at Grassroots Holiday Haven in Jarrahdale, WA: 09/08/2014 - 11/08/2014
  • Hiroshima Day vigil outside Wesley Church, corner Hay/William Streets, in Perth: 06/08/2014 at 12 PM
  • Kintyre Appeal writing workshop at Conservation Council WA, 2 Delhi St West in Perth: 05/08/2014 at 6 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at Mechanics Institute, William St., in Northbridge: 22/07/2014
  • Dialogue with Dr Hannah Middleton on the US "Pivot" focussing more on the Asia-Pacific region at Quaker Meeting House, 35 Clifton Crescent, Mt Lawley: 29/06/2014 at 3.30 PM
  • Project launch: "The Enduring Effects of War" at 4 Harwood St., HILTON: 28/06/2014 at 4 PM
  • "Better Things To Do – a renewable energy forum" at Perth State Library Theatre, in Perth, WA: 10/06/2014 at 5 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) meeting at "the Bird", William St Northbridge, in Northbridge: 03/06/2014
  • Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country pilgrimage across Wangkatja country: 23/04/2014 - 26/05/2014
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at The Bird in Northbridge: 15/04/2014 at 6 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at Clancy's fish bar in Fremantle: 08/04/2014 at 6 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at The Bird in Northbridge: 01/04/2014 at 6 PM
  • Remembering Fukushima - photo shoot in solidarity with those communities affected by the Fukushima disaster at South Beach in Fremantle: 09/03/2014 at 4 PM
  • BUMP-Ban Uranium Mining Permanently meeting at The Bird in Northbridge: 04/03/2014 at 6 PM
  • Nuclear Free Strategy meeting in Leederville: 19/02/2014
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) meeting at Clancy’s fish bar in Freemantle: 11/02/2014 at 6 PM
  • Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) collective meeting at The Bird in Northbridge: 04/02/2014 at 6 PM
  • BHP AGM & Paladin AGM in Perth: 21/11/2013 at 9 AM
  • Freemantle Parade: 10/11/2013
  • movie screening "The Toxic Avenger" at corner Cantonement St and Queen St, in Fremantle: 03/11/2013 at 7 PM
  • BUMP Meeting (Ban Uranium Mining Permanently) at Bird, in Northbridge: 17/09/2013 at 5.30 PM
  • BUMP Meeting (Ban Uranium Mining Permanently) at Clancy's Fish Bar, in Fremantle: 10/09/2013 at 5.30 PM
  • BUMP Meeting (Ban Uranium Mining Permanently) at Bird, in Northbridge: 03/09/2013 at 5.30 PM
  • BUMP Meeting (Ban Uranium Mining Permanently) at Clancy's Fish Bar, in Fremantle: 27/08/2013 at 5.30 PM
  • Frack Free WA rally at Kings Square in Fremantle: 17/08/2013 1 PM
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversary film screening: Nuclear Nation: 10/08/2013 at 10 AM
  • Nuclear Nation film screening at Chauvel Cinema in Sydney: 09/08/2013 at 6 PM
  • Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining from Yeelirree to Leonora: 04/05/2013 - 29/05/2013
  • Fundraising for a nuclear free future dinner at Annalkshmi restaurant, Jetty 4 Barrack Square, in Perth: 06/05/2013 at 6.30 PM
  • Radioactive Exposure TourRadioactive Exposure Tour from Melbourne to Adelaide: 29/03/2013 - 07/04/2013
  • protest march against Wiluna uranium mine permission from Toro office, 2/35 Ventnor St, to the Parliament, in West Perth: 03/04/2013 at 9 AM
  • National Day of action around Toro Energy's AGM at Crown Plaza Hotel, 16 Hindmarsh sq, in Adelaide: 28/11/2012
  • info evening: "Get updated on the WA Nuclear Free Campaign" at UCIC Hall Level 1 in Perth City: 06/11/2012 at 6 PM
  • WALKATJURRA WALKABOUT from Yeelirrie - Leonora: 20/08/2012 - 14/09/2012
  • Lizards Revenge dinner and report back at 315 Bagot Rd in Subiaco: 17/08/2012 at 6.30 PM
  • protests against the Australian Uranium Conference opposite the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle: 18/07/2012 at 5.30 PM
  • The Lizards Revenge-Music/art Festival at Roxby Downs gates of hell, South Australia, Borefield Rd: 14/07/2012 - 20/07/2012
  • WANFA Art exhibition & auction at Kidogo Art Gallery, Fremantle: 14/06/2012 - 21/06/2012
  • Lizards Revenge dinner and talk at Earthwise, 315 Bagot Rd Subiaco: 18/05/2012 at 6.30 PM
  • Ashes to Honey - Film Night at the Bodhi Tree Bookshop cafe in Leederville: 20/04/2012 at 6.15 PM
  • The Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud (nuclear waste) exhibition in Perth: 15/03/2012 - 15/04/2012



  1. Jim Green. Australia's anti-nuclear movement: a short history Green Left Online, 26 August 1998. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  2. Jason Koutsoukis. Rudd romps to historic win The Age, 25 November 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  3. Roy McLeod (1995). "Resistance to Nuclear Technology: Optimists, Opportunists and Opposition in Australian Nuclear History" in Martin Bauer (ed) Resistance to New Technology, Cambridge University Press, pp. 171-173.
  4. Hutton, Drew and Connors, Libby (1999). A History of the Australian Environmental Movement, Cambridge University Press.
  5. Roy McLeod (1995). "Resistance to Nuclear Technology: Optimists, Opportunists and Opposition in Australian Nuclear History" in Martin Bauer (ed) Resistance to New Technology, Cambridge University Press, pp. 175-177.
  6. Support for N-power falls The Australian, 30 December 2006. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  7. Work begins on Honeymoon uranium mine ABC News, April 24, 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
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