The Nuclear Free Pacific campaign grew from the French nuclear tests
[on] Mururoa Atoll. In 1975 the Nuclear Free and
Independent Pacific Group was active throughout the Pacific. The New
Zealand Prime Minister sent two frigates in 1973 as one of the ship
protests to the islands. Then on 10 July 1985 the French sabotaged the Greenpeace boat
Rainbow Warrior which killed … Fernando Pereira.
The badges worn for this campaign in
Australia through this period were: the
Greenpeace badge ‘You Can’t Sink a
Rainbow’; ‘Stop French Testing’; ‘For a
Nuclear Free Pacific’; and the
picture badge of an island with a palm tree and a nuclear warhead.
were anti-nuclear rallies in Australia through the 1970s and 1980s,
often within the
Palm Sunday Rallies.
My concern about nuclear radiation, as from nuclear
testing, arose from information such as that from Dr Helen Caldicott
in 1983, a paediatrician, and Dr Rosalie
Bertell, a scientist, in
1980. [They] maintained there is no safe
level of radiation. Should the
testing continue, people, the land and ocean would be harmed.