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Australian Celebrity Appeal

Celebrities and high-profile Australians are adored by the public.

Some of our favourite people from the screen, stage and page are joining the Celebrity Appeal, which will be presented to the Australian Government before the final nuclear weapons ban treaty negotiating session begins on 15 June 2017.

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We, the undersigned,

call on the Australian government to support the upcoming United Nations negotiations for a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.

There are still around 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today – enough to destroy the entire planet, and everything we love, many times over.

Despite this unparalleled destructive potential, nuclear weapons remain the only weapons of mass destruction not yet outlawed. It’s beyond time to change this.

The atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 killed more than a quarter of a million people. The only way to prevent their use again is to ban them now.

Australia – as a country that has also experienced the devastating impact of nuclear weapons – should be at the forefront of global efforts to achieve a ban.

The British nuclear tests conducted here in the 1950s and 1960s rendered vast tracts of Aboriginal land uninhabitable and dispersed radiation far and wide.

After decades of intolerably slow progress on nuclear disarmament, a majority of the world’s nations are finally ready to act. We call on the Australian government to participate constructively in the negotiations.

Let’s stand on the right side of history and work to make nuclear weapons a thing of the past.


Blue King Brown   Urban roots band

Kev Carmody   Musician

Terry Denton   Illustrator

Peter Garrett   Musician and former politician 

Missy Higgins   Musician

Ella Hooper Musician

Michael Leunig   Illustrator

Hannie Rayson   Playwright

Yael Stone  Actor

Jess Tovey   Actor


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  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate