There is a clear and ongoing link between nuclear weapons, nuclear power generation and the nuclear fuel chain. The majority of countries that have nuclear weapons started the process by accessing nuclear reactors “solely” for nuclear power generation. In addition to nuclear weapons concerns, the persistent problems associated with uranium mining and exports, nuclear power and long-lived nuclear waste are all key concerns for MAPW.
The Australian government states the international nuclear safeguards system will keep our uranium out of nuclear weapons. However there are serious flaws and shortcomings with the international nuclear safeguards system which purports to prevent the diversion of nuclear material from peaceful purposes to military use. MAPW remains concerned about exports of uranium to any nation. Back in the 2006 report Illusion of Protection, MAPW recommended “Australia should stop its contribution to the global nuclear chain by phasing out mining and export of uranium.” We continue to this day to push for the phasing out of uranium mining and exports.
MAPW urges our government to consider redirecting the massive resources associated with these industries towards research, development and implementation of safe and renewable sources of energy in combination with improved efficiency of energy use.
- Radiation and health paper by Dr Bill Williams 2016
- MAPW briefing paper on nuclear power and public health: 20-page paper by Dr Peter Karamoskos, 2010
- An Illusion of Protection: More than a decade after this report, nuclear safeguards remain hopelessly underfunded and under resourced. 46-page report by MAPW and ACF, 2006
- MAPW submission to the South Australian Royal Commission into the nuclear fuel cycle
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