Australia debates over nuclear submarine deal

Australia debates over nuclear submarine deal 0
Australia debates over nuclear submarine deal 0

When the nuclear submarine deal between the US, UK and Australia was announced last week, France was furious.

In Australia, many people and anti-nuclear groups also voiced their discontent.

Collins class submarines of the Royal Australian Navy.

`The nuclear-powered submarine deal raises serious concerns about nuclear proliferation, as US and UK submarine models both use highly enriched uranium,` Campaign Foundation

Dr. Jim Green, Australian anti-nuclear campaigner, said nuclear submarines often use enriched uranium (HEU) fuel.

`The government wants to build nuclear submarines on the outskirts of Adelaide. Is building nuclear submarines in a city with 1.3 million people a wise move?` he asked.

`The government is also silent on the issue of disposing of radioactive waste generated by the nuclear submarine program,` Dr. Green added.

Gem Romuld, director of ICAN Australia, said that the construction of nuclear submarines in Adelaide could put this city of millions at risk of becoming the target of an enemy nuclear attack.

`The reactors will create a clear proliferation risk and become a potential site for nuclear accidents and radioactive contamination in the long term future,` Romuld said.

Green Party leader Adam Bandt even called Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government’s decision to build nuclear submarines akin to putting `floating Chernobyl plants in the heart of Australian cities`, referring to the nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

Bob Brown, former leader of the Green Party, said that the submarine agreement with the UK and US brought Australia closer to the nuclear energy industry and warned that this move would receive backlash from the public.

`What the government is doing is cowardly,` Brown said.

Australia is not the only country that opposes nuclear.

A protest against uranium outside the Sydney Opera House on June 4, 1979.

Fukushima is the worst nuclear disaster after the reactor explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, in 1986. However, Australia’s anti-nuclear wave broke out long before that, becoming

Australians are also concerned about how to safely store nuclear waste.

In 1977, the Anti-Uranium Mining Movement in Australia collected 250,000 signatures demanding a ban on the exploitation of this nuclear material, even though Australia does not use nuclear energy.

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