Submissions to the Standing Committee on Environment and Energy Inquiry into Nuclear Energy in Australia closed on September 16th 2019 with wide community opposition to nuclear power.
The Conservation Council of WA joined a broad coalition of faith, union, environmental, Aboriginal and public health groups, representing millions of Australians, to send a clear message to federal politicians that our energy future is renewable, not radioactive.
The groups have released a shared statement in response to the federal parliamentary inquiry into prospects for nuclear power in Australia.
The statement’s backers include the ACTU, state and territory trade unions, the Public Health Association of Australia, Uniting and Catholic church organisations, the Smart Energy Council, the Aboriginal led Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, climate action groups, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, state and territory environment councils and the Australian Conservation Foundation.
The national groups strongly maintain nuclear power has no role in Australia’s energy future and is a dangerous distraction from real progress on our pressing energy and climate challenges and opportunities facing Australia.
The statement calls for the Federal Parliament to embrace renewable energy as the cleanest, quickest, cheapest and most credible way to power Australian homes and workplaces and repower regional communities and the national economy.
Our nation has extensive renewable energy options and resources and Australians have shown clear support for increased use of renewable and genuinely clean energy sources.
The full statement will be uploaded once it has been accepted as a submission by the federal parliamentary inquiry.
A list of endorsing organisations follows;
Australian Conservation Foundation
Arid Lands Environment Centre
Conservation Council SA
Conservation Council WA
Environment Centre NT
Friends of the Earth Australia
Gene Ethics Network
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Mineral Policy Institute
National Toxics Network
Nature Conservation Council NSW
Queensland Conservation Council
Australian Council of Trade Unions
Australian Education Union
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Australian Services Union
Communication Workers Union
Electrical Trades Union
Independent Education Union (Vic - Tas)
Maritime Union of Australia
National Union of Workers
United Firefighters Union
Victorian Trades Hall Council
Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
Gundjehmi Aboriginal Corporation
No Dump Alliance
Doctors for Environment Australia
Medical Association for the Prevention of War
Public Health Association of Australia
Uniting Church of Australia (Vic - Tas)
Sisters of Mercy
Jesuit Social Services
Josephite (SA) Reconciliation Circle
Climate / renewable / anti-nuclear / peace groups
Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Beyond Zero Emissions
Climate Action Monaro
Climate Action Newcastle
Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle
Darebin Climate Action Now
Hornsby Shire Climate Action
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network
Lithgow Environment Group
Madden Sainsbury Foundation
Nuclear Free NSW
Parramatta Climate Action Network
Renew (Alternative Technology Association)
Ryde Gladesville Climate Change Action Group
Smart Energy Council
Sustainable Energy Now (WA)
Sutherland Shire Environment Centre
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom