Campaign Against Nuclear Energy

Campaign Against Nuclear Energy

Campaign Against Nuclear Energy

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The Campaign Against Nuclear Energy (CANE) was established in Perth, Western Australia on 14 February 1976 by Friends of the Earth (FOE); this included: Peter Brotherton, FOE coordinator WA and John Carlin, Mike Thomas and Barrie Machin after a meeting at University of WA. CANE was a non-profit grass roots organisation whose aim was to stop the establishment of a nuclear power plant in Western Australia (WA) and to halt uranium mining and it operated out of the Environment Centre in Wellington Street, Perth. The Whitlam Federal government in 1974 had dedicated about A$7,000 per state to set up Regional Environment Centres. Perth's Environment Centre housed other groups including the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Conservation Council of WA, Friends of the Earth, and the Campaign to Save Native Forests.

Aims of the organisation

CANE's statement of objectives said it was:

<blockquote><p>It opposed the development of Nuclear Power Stations.It supported the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT or NNPT) and opposed the proliferation and acquisition of Weapons of Mass destruction and linked WMD with nuclear power stations.It opposed foreign policies based on nuclear deterrence. It supported attempts to establish regional nuclear free zones.It was opposed to the use of Australian ports by nuclear powered or nuclear armed vessels.</p>

<p>CANE was opposed to the mining and export of Australian uranium for other than biomedical purposes. It asked...
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