Australia’s Nuclear History

Australia history

Australia has a secret and scandalous nuclear history. But at the same time, Australia has a fine history of successes by the nuclear free movement. Aboriginals have been at the forefront, but not alone, as Australia also has a proud record of environmental and anti nuclear activism.

From the archives. Each week, this site will be reposting items from the past. Lest we forget:

Australia’s Parliament reported on degrading effect of uranium mining on Aboriginal people.

The1997 Australian parliament report observes: ‘(The) history of uranium mining in Australia and its impact on Aboriginal people is deplorable. Past mining in places like Rum Jungle have left areas so degraded that traditional owners are unable to use them, while mines such as Ranger (also in the Northern Territory) have been forced on traditional owners against their will.” “Even at mines such as Olympic Dam,” it adds, “…there was deep concern at the reckless degradation of sacred sites and insensitivity to their culture.”

Enough of Uranium Mining, Say Aboriginal Communities. Galdu. Resource Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, August 2010, “……..For decades, uranium mining has been a touchy subject for Aboriginal people. Hundreds of Aboriginal communities were cleared out into cattle stations, towns and cities in the fifties and sixties, when Australian and British governments tested atomic weapons in the South Australian desert and off the coast of Western Australia.
That left many Aboriginal people with serious health problems such as cancer and unexplainable illnesses.

A 1997 Australian parliament report describes the devastating impact of uranium mining. It points to the Rum Jungle mine in the Northern Territory, where acid mine drainage into the Finnis River “destroyed all plant and animal life for a 10-kilometre stretch of the river”.

The report observes: ‘(The) history of uranium mining in Australia and its impact on Aboriginal people is deplorable. Past mining in places like Rum Jungle have left areas so degraded that traditional owners are unable to use them, while mines such as Ranger (also in the Northern Territory) have been forced on traditional owners against their will.” “Even at mines such as Olympic Dam,” it adds, “…there was deep concern at the reckless degradation of sacred sites and insensitivity to their culture.”
The BHP-owned Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia already draws 30 million litres of water every day from the Great Artesian Basin, an ancient underground water source, says the Australian Conservation Foundation. There are no known plans for the management of its radioactive tailings dump of 60 million tonnes…..
Enough of Uranium Mining, Say Aboriginal Communities

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One Response to “Australia’s Nuclear History”

  1. Christina MacPherson Says:

    Reblogged this on nuclear-news.

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