Radioactive waste disposal

Briefing paper

Uranium mining and nuclear energy in New South Wales

The main focus of this paper is to provide Members of Parliament and the New South Wales public with an overview of the key issues surrounding uranium mining and nuclear energy in NSW.

Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

While the Australian community benefits from the production of nuclear medicine and nuclear research activities, there is also a responsibility to safely manage the associated radioactive waste products from its generation. The process for finding a permanent solution for storing and disposing of Australia's radioactive...

SA doesn’t need a nuclear plebiscite – Weatherill just needs to make a decision

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill’s announcement of a non-binding public vote, no earlier than 2018, on his proposed high-level nuclear waste storage facility looks like an act of political desperation. It’s understandable that Weatherill wants to explore every possible option to replace some of the...

Risks, ethics and consent: Australia shouldn’t become the world’s nuclear wasteland

Last month, the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission recommended that the state government develop a business venture to store a large fraction of the world’s high- and intermediate-level nuclear power station wastes in South Australia. It proposes to do this by first building...

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission: Report

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established by the South Australian Government on 19 March 2015 to undertake an independent and comprehensive investigation into the potential for increasing South Australia’s participation in the nuclear fuel cycle. It was required to, and did, report to...
Discussion paper

Management, storage and disposal of nuclear and radioactive waste (Issues Paper Four)

This Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Issues Paper looks at the possibility of managing, storing and disposing of nuclear and radioactive waste in South Australia, and examines the risks and opportunities of doing this.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission: Tentative findings

The Tentative Findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission are an interim step in the Commission’s process before the completion of the report in May 2016. They reflect the Commission’s current thinking on the issues it considers to be important and the most cogent...

The impossible dream: free electricity sounds too good to be true. It is

A proposal to establish a global nuclear waste industry in South Australia would fail to secure 90% of the imported waste, leaving an expensive and risky legacy for the state, according to this report. Summary South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established on...

After Fukushima: the outlook for Japan

On the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, the Lowy Institute convened a panel to discuss how Japan’s government, society and economy responded to the tragedy, and whether its effects will continue to shape Japan’s internal and external policies into the future.
Briefing paper

Radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel management in Australia

Australia has neither commercial nor military nuclear programs, but its long involvement with nuclear science, nuclear weapons tests and uranium mining has left a legacy of radioactive waste, the management of which has proven a tough policy nut to crack. This chronology – originally published...