Archive for the ‘ACTION’ Category

Mark Parnell gathers 1835 (and counting) South Australians to sign up to No Nuclear Waste Dump for SA

December 13, 2016

text-no-wastes-south-australia

The Federal Government has selected South Australia for their national nuclear waste dump – saying that Barndioota in the Flinders Ranges is their only option.

This is on top of the South Australian Nuclear Royal Commission promoting South Australia as the World’s high level radioactive waste dumping ground.

Constructing a nuclear waste dump in SA is currently illegal and the Greens want it to stay this way.  We ask:

• Is this the best our State can aspire to?

• Is the damage to our State’s reputation worth it?

Radioactive waste is not only dangerous for hundreds of thousands of years, but its storage can never be 100% foolproof.

Last year in the US, a barrel of nuclear waste stored underground at an intermediate waste site in New Mexico ruptured, exposing 22 workers to radiation and costing an estimated $500 million to remediate.

Exposure to radiation can cause serious health problems – including cancer, cardiovascular disease, emphysema and cataracts – and if it enters the soil can contaminate our food and water.

Add you voice and sign the petition below to call on the South Australian Government to enforce our laws and stop nuclear waste being dumped in SA.


We the undersigned residents of South Australia, call on the Weatherill Labor Government to enforce the Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000, to prevent a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. signatures:http://sagreens.markparnell.org.au/no_waste_dump_for_sa So the current count is 25 to 1833?

Advertisements

15 October Across Australia: No Nuclear Waste Dumnping!!!

October 12, 2016

text don't nuclear waste Australia

SOUTH AUSTRALIA . NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPs     NOT WORTH THE RISK!    STAND UP FOR SA
11AM, OCT 15, 2016   PARLIAMENT HOUSE STEPS   NORTH TCE ADELAIDE  KAURNA LAND

Lets come together to show our support for a nuclear free future!

We encourage all creativity so bring your banners, signs and costumes. Lets make it a great day.

Saturday October 15, 2016 marks 63 years since the first atomic bomb test at Emu Junction in South Australia.

The Federal Government is pursuing plans to build a national waste dump in the Flinders Ranges while a proposal for South Australia to take the worlds international high level nuclear waste continues to be progressed by the SA state government.

Communities across the state are saying ‘no way’.

We can do better than to take the worlds worst waste’.

NEW SOUTH WALES  National Day of Action October 15http://dontdumponsaoct15.org/
12pm Pitt Street Mall near King Street (Sydney CBD).
Gathering on Gadigal Land.
Speakers include Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner Juanella McKenzie.
Click here to view the Sydney Facebook event. Join Uranium Free NSW on October 15 to say ‘Don’t nuclear waste Australia’.

VICTORIA  This Saturday in Melbourne  Peaceful solidarity action. Saturday October 15, 11am‒1pmOutside Flinders St Train Station, cnr. Flinders & Swanston Sts. www.facebook.com/events/1670387339944939/   South Australian Aboriginal First Nations face severe threats of nuclear waste dumps and need your support! The federal government is trying to impose a national nuclear waste dump in the Flinders Ranges despite the unanimous opposition of Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners. And the SA state government is promoting a plan to import 138,000 tonnes of high-level nuclear waste from around the world despite overwhelming opposition from First Nations.

Please join us on Saturday October 15, 11am‒1pm, outside Flinders St Train Station, for a peaceful, fun solidarity action to support South Australian First Nations in their struggle for country and culture.

Saturday October 15 also marks the 63rd anniversary of the first of the British atomic bomb tests in SA.

More information on the National Day of Action:   www.dontdumponsaoct15.org/proposed-sites

www.facebook.com/NationalDayofActionAgainstNuclearWasteDumps/

 

National Day of Action: No Nuclear Waste Dumps on Aboriginal Land!

WESTERN AUSTRALIA. NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON NUCLEAR WASTE – Friday 14th OCTOBER
City West Lotteries House (2 Delhi St West Perth) – 10.30am
Right now South Australia is we’re facing two nuclear waste dumps; a national dump in the beautiful Flinders Ranges and an international dump to take the world’s nuclear waste. The decision to import high level nuclear waste is a forever decision. Once we make it, there’s no going back. This is a decision that we cannot make for thousands of generations of future South Australians. On the 15th October, on the 63rd anniversary of the Emu Field atomic bomb tests, stand up for SA and join the National Day of action to say no to nuclear waste dumps in SA. Event Details *please share on facebook and social media

Submit your own event here:

http://dontdumponsaoct15.org/submit-your-event/

Will the Australian Labor Party cave in to the nuclear lobby?

June 6, 2016
alp-indecision
IT’S TIME TO PUT AUSTRALIA’S FEDERAL LABOR POLITICIANS ON THE SPOT
election Australia 2016It is best to send emails or letters in your own  words. However, here’s an example anyway.
This website will follow with interest – the politicians who bothered to answer, and whether or not they will stick to Labor’s policy.
 SAMPLE EMAIL 
Sender’s address, and date
The Hon Mr or Ms……..
Member for
Dear …….
As the Federal Election approaches, I need to know what is you position on the nuclear issue.
The 2015 National Policy Platform states:
  1. Labor will:
  • Vigorously and totally oppose the ocean dumping of radioactive waste; 
  • Prohibit the establishment of nuclear power plants and all other stages of the nuclear fuel cycle in Australia; 
  • Fully meet all Australia’s obligations as a party to the NPT; and 
  • Remain strongly opposed to the importation and storage of nuclear waste that is sourced from overseas in Australia.
The South Australian Labor government t is promoting a move to import nuclear wastes.  In view of this, the National Labor Party will surely be re-examining the national policy.
Before deciding on my vote, I need to be sure of Labor policy on this issue.
Please tell me:
Will you vote to keep the present Labor policy as above, or will you vote to change it?
Yours faithfully
***********************************************************

EMAIL ADDRESSES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN Federal MPs and candidates

House of Representatives
Hon Mark Butler MP – MP Port Adelaide      Mark.Butler.MP@aph.gov.au   
Hon  Nick Champion MP – Wakefield    Nick.Champion.MP@aph.gov.au
Hon Kate Ellis MP Adelaide    kate.ellis.mp@aph.gov.au
 Hon Amanda Rishworth MP – Kingston      Amanda.Rishworth.MP@aph.gov.au  
 Mr Tony Zappia MP – Wakefield    Tony.Zappia.MP@aph.gov.au
Senate
Senator Alex Gallacher     senator.gallacher@aph.gov.au
Senator Anne McEwen     senator.mcewen@aph.gov.au
Senator Penny Wong –      senator.wong@aph.gov.au
 Candidates for House of Reps

Glen Dallimore – for Mayo  glen.dallimore@alp.org.au   0498 163 283

Matt Loader   for Sturt matt.loader@alp.org.au 0481 873 654

Scott Martin for Grey  scott.martin@alp.org.au  0497 749 663

Steve Georganas  for Hindmarsh  steve.georganas@alp.org.au 0499 257 333

Mat O’Brien for Barker  mat.obrien@alp.org.au 0458 641 452

Mark Ward for Boothby  mark.ward@alp.org.au 0474 910 567

Candidates for Senate

Michael Allison michael.allison@alp.org.au

Bronwyn Gallacher  Bronwyn.gallacher@alp.org.au

Don Farrell  don.farrell@alp.org.au

VICTORIAN MEMBERS OF FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

MPs 
Hon Anthony Byrne MP – MP for Holt   Anthony.Byrne.MP@aph.gov.au  (03) 9796 7533
Hon Ms Lisa Chesters MP – for Bendigo  Lisa.Chesters.MP@aph.gov.au (03) 5443 9055
Hon Michael Danby MP – Melbourne Ports – Michael.Danby.MP@aph.gov.au (03) 9534 8126
Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP – for Isaacs –   mark.dreyfus.mp@aph.gov.au
Hon David Feeney – for Batman     david.feeney@australianlabor.com.au
Hon Andrew Giles for Scullin – Andrew.Giles@vic.alp.org.au  (03) 9404 1911
Hon Catherine King  MP for Ballarat  Catherine.King.MP@aph.gov.au    03) 5338 8123
Hon Jenny Macklin – for Jagajaga no email.(03) 9459 1411
Richard Marles- for Coria     richard.marles.mp@aph.gov.au    03) 5221 3033

Rob Mitchell MP  – for Mcewan    rob.mitchell.mp@aph.gov.au  (03) 9333 0440
Brendan O’Connor for Gorton    Brendan.O’Connor.MP@aph.gov.au   (03) 8390 6166
Clare O’Neil – for Hotham     Clare.ONeil.MP@aph.gov.au     (03) 9545 6211
Ms Joanne Ryan- for Lalor – no email (03) 9742 5800
Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP – for Calwell     Maria.Vamvakinou.MP@aph.gov.au (03) 9367 5216
Mr Tim Watts MP for Gellibrand   http://www.timwatts.net.au/Contact/Contact-Info (03)9687 7661

SENATORS VICTORIA
Senator the Hon Kim Carr   senator.carr@aph.gov.au  (03) 9639 2798
Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins     https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Contact_Senator_or_Member?MPID=GB6
03) 9890 7022
Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy   senator.conroy@aph.gov.au (03) 9391 4952
Senator Gavin Marshall   senator.marshall@aph.gov.au  (03) 9348 9699CANDIDATES  VICTORIA
Chris Buckingham for McMillan   Chris.Buckingham@vic.alp.org.au      0405 518 057
Paul Klisaris – for Ashton paul.klisaris@vic.alp.org.au   0412 516 026
Hovig Melkonian –  for Casey   hovigmelkonian@australianlabor.com.au     0459 959 095
Stefanie Perri – for Chisholm    stefanie.perri@australianlabor.com.au (03) 9544 2192
Shashi Bhatti – for Gippsland  https://www.facebook.com/search/str/Shashi%2BBhatti/keywords_top
Carl Katter – for Higgins  carl@carlkatter.com  0432 507 140
Libby Coker,   for Corangamite, libby.coker@libbycoker.com.au  0400 267 288
Matthew Coote – for Goldstein  matthew.coote@vic.alp.org.au    0435 496 625
Tony Clark – for Deakin (03) 8819 0398 http://tonyclark.net.au/Contact
Simon Curtis for Latrobe    simon.curtis@vic.alp.org.au   0400 174 155
Marg D’Arcy  marg@margdarcy.com  0409859046
Sophie Ismail for Melbourne  sophie4melbourne@gmail.com  0474 014 540
Eric Kerr – for Indi  Eric.Kerr@vic.alp.org.au
Peta Murphy – for Dunkley 0468 778 143 peta.murphy@vic.alp.org.au
Carolyn Gleixner – for Flinders    carolyngleixneralp@gmail.com   (03) 5989 0537
Adam Rundell for Menzies   Adam.Rundell@vic.alp.org.au
Lydia Senior – for Mallee   lydia@lydiasenior.com.au  0447 133 893
Alan Williams for Murray Alan.Williams@vic.alp.org.au

Friends of the Earth are Monitoring South Australia’s lobby for nuclear waste importing

May 30, 2016

logo-FOE

SA Royal Commission into Nuclear Expansion http://www.foe.org.au/royal-commission

This webpage will track the progress of the South Australian Royal Commission, established by the South Australian government in February 2015 to examine options to expand the state’s involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle.

Quick links:

Australian country communities fight back against nuclear waste dumping. Support them !

March 9, 2016

text don't nuclear waste Australia

Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation, 9 Mar 16 Six communities in regional and remote areas around the country are on a government shortlist as possible sites to house Australia’s radioactive waste.

Toni Scott from Kimba in South Australia visited Parliament House last week with farmers, residents and Traditional Owners from every community on the list. “I’m the direct neighbour of a site and I’m here to say to Minister Frydenberg this process is wrong. He needs to stop and start again and get it right. He’s got time to do that.”

Josh Frydenberg, the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, has promised not to impose radioactive waste on a site without broad community support. It is now time to honour this promise.

Public comment on the proposed six sites ends this Friday. Will you make a public comment in the next 48 hours and take a stand with Toni?

Urge Minister Frydenberg to respect community concerns, stop this process and call a national inquiry into long-term, responsible management of Australia’s radioactive waste.

I was at Parliament with Toni and the other representatives from the six proposed sites and they’re concerned, suspicious and opposed.

Radioactive waste is caused by splitting atoms. We cannot let it split communities.

Peter Woolford, a grain grower from Kimba, said, “The mental health issues that the process has created, the stress and the anger and the deep division in our community is real. We are here as one to make sure our concerns are heard. The process is wrong and it’s damaging our communities.”

Regina McKenzie, a Traditional Owner from the Flinders Ranges, worries that the Indigenous cultural work done in her community over many years will be lost. “There was no consultation whatsoever. We all found out when it was released on the news and we feel it’s an attack on our belief system.”

Peter Kenny, a Traditional Owner from Walkabout Bore, so wanted to represent his community he travelled out of the Northern Territory and in a large plane for the first time.

Annette Clement from Oman Ama in southern Queensland stated, “We feel it’s been unfairly foisted upon us. We were told it wouldn’t come to a community if we said no. We say no but they continue to coerce us with inferred incentives – money – and guilt.”

Most of Australia’s radioactive waste is currently securely stored in a facility at Lucas Heights in NSW and there is no reason to rush to move it anywhere else. We have the time to finally develop a credible and considered approach to radioactive waste management.

For two decades successive governments have tried to impose radioactive waste on unwilling remote communities. The most recent attempt, at Muckaty in the Northern Territory, was shelved after sustained Aboriginal and community opposition. The current approach must avoid replicating the mistakes of the past.

ACF wants to see responsible radioactive waste management, not more pressure on communities.

How we handle radioactive waste is an issue that lasts longer than this generation. It’s not contained to any single post code. We don’t need to rush, but we do need to get it right.

Make a quick comment by Friday 11 March to support a responsible and lasting approach to radioactive waste management.

Anti nuclear protest Sat Oct 24 at South Australian Labor Party’s State Conference

October 23, 2015

Protest-No!

Members of South Australia’s anti-nuclear coalition will gather outside the South Australian Labor Party’s State Conference at Adelaide’s Festival Theatre tomorrow morning Sat October 24 at 8am, calling on the SA Labor Party to keep legislation in place banning nuclear waste dumps in South Australia, and to keep the state on its path to becoming a global leader in renewable energy.

The State Government’s formation of a Royal Commission into the expansion of the nuclear industry in SA has led to concerns that a national or international nuclear waste dump is back on the cards for SA, a little over a decade after the last proposal for a waste dump near Woomera was defeated.  This followed an extended campaign opposing the project, spearheaded by senior Aboriginal women – the Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta.

In 2000, in response to growing public opposition to the proposal, the then Liberal Government passed legislation banning the disposal of certain types of nuclear waste in the state.  This legislation was extended by the incoming Labor Government in 2003 to include all nuclear waste. The stated objective of the legislation is “to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of South Australia and to protect the environment in which they live…”

“We are calling on the Labor Party to honour this commitment to protecting the health, safety and environment of South Australia,” said Nectaria Calan of the anti-nuclear coalition and Friends of the Earth Adelaide.  ”Nuclear waste is not a business opportunity, it’s an intractable problem.”

“SA Labour was known as the party who fights nuclear waste dumps, not the one that builds them.”

“Expansion of the nuclear industry into nuclear energy would also have an impact on the fast growing renewables sector in the state,” said Ms Calan.  “SA is already 40% renewable, and nuclear power is a poor partner because it does not have the flexibility needed to operate alongside renewable energy.  Nuclear power is also highly subsidised, and is therefore likely to absorb subsidies that could be going to the renewables sector. This is one opportunity cost of nuclear energy.”

 

 

Some Submissions to #NuclearCommissionSAust due by 24th July. JUST DO IT!

July 18, 2015

a-cat-CANIf you’ve been thinking of making a submission, I hope that you have not been intimidated by the Royal Commissions Issues Papers – by either their  ambiguous and confusing content, or by their complicated process for submitting.   These submission procedures are set up to be easy  for AREVA, EDF, Toshiba, Lavalin SNC, Terrestrial Energy, Bill gates’ Terra Power – or any other international  nuclear company.

And – hard for the ordinary person.

However,

  • you can send in a submission on paper, if the Internet process is not convenient for you.
  • You don’t have to make comments on every question on the Issues Paper – just ones that you are interested in.
  • You can add your own ideas, outside of their set questions,  though the Commission wants them to be at the end, in an Appendix.

The two submissions for July 24 are the most important ones – especially Issue Paper 4 (MANAGEMENT, STORAGE, AND DISPOSAL OF NUCLEAR AND RADIOACTIVE WASTE). But also Issue Paper 1. (EXPLORATION, EXTRACTION AND MILLING)

Please go to these posts on Antinuclear website, to see some points For Issues Paper 1  and For Issues Paper 4. 

Your submission doesn’t have to be long.  They want you to download and use a Cover Sheet

They want you to have your signature witnessed, and signed by a JP or a Commissioner for Affidavits. A member of the police force will do. In some States, pharmacists, teachers, and others will qualify. This is a hassle, but not that hard to do.

If you don’t want the hassle of scanning it all into the computer – to send via the internet, to submissions@nuclearrc.sa.gov.au, you can post it to Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission GPO Box 11043 Adelaide SA 5001.  You can even phone them, and arrange a verbal submission  o8 8207 1480

More information at the Commission’s website

Campaign Against Nuclear Expansion launched in South Australia

July 18, 2015

The SA Government has launched a Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle in the hope of garnering support for an expansion of the nuclear industry. The terms of reference and the makeup of the commission and its experts are clearly biassed towards expanding the industry.
We believe this is an attempt to soften up the public for the creation of a nuclear waste dump for high-level waste from overseas.

logo-FOEFoE Adelaide are proud to announce the launch of the Campaign Against Nuclear Expansion

We believe that renewable energy is the best alternative to fossil fuels and SA is not the place for a nuclear waste dump, an enrichment facility or expansion of uranium mining.  More at our website adelaide.foe.org.au

Our local campaigner will track the Royal Commission activities, plan our campaign, arrange public meetings, disseminate information, build our membership and coordinate volunteers.

The battle in South Australia is highly relevant to all Australians as it has been suggested that SA host a dump site for the world’s high level nuclear waste.

If you would like to give a one-off or ongoing donation you can use  the online form at
https://www.givenow.com.au/foeadelaide
Donations are tax deductible.

NOW is the time to act – on Submissions to the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Chain Commission

June 27, 2015

Submissions for the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle are closing soon.

This Commission could change our State forever.

Make sure you have a say in it.  The Conservation SA team 26 June 15 

This is too big an issue not to have your voice heard. Currently, our State government is weighing up a future that could see nuclear power, uranium enrichment and nuclear waste dumping here in South Australia. The window for the public to make comment on these issues closes in a month.

We encourage you to make a submission and draw on our resources to assist you.

Submission wizards

In May nuclear expert Dr Jim Green produced some information resources about each of the issues the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle is investigating. Please see a summary and full report here.

Only last week renewables expert Dr Mark Diesendorf from the University of NSW finished an exciting report showing that South Australia could be run on 100% renewable energy is just 15 years. You can view and download the summary version and Dr Mark Diesendorf’s full report online here.

The issue papers generated by the Royal Commission are available here and submissions are due:

  • Issues Paper 1 (Extraction) and/or Issues Paper 4 (Storage and Disposal of Waste) is 24 July, 2015
  • Issues Paper 2 (Further Processing) and/or Issues Paper 3 (Electricity Generation) is 3 August, 2015.

If you wish to provide a consolidated written submission addressing all Issues Papers you have untilMonday August 3, 2015.

If you wish to make an oral submission call the Royal Commission on 08 8207 1480 to make arrangements.

It’s critical that your voice is heard. This commission could change our State for generations to come.

Now is the time to act.

Australian anti nuclear campaigners in Canada

April 15, 2015
A delegation of Australian nuclear free campaigners has travelled to Canada to present at the World Uranium Symposium being held in Quebec City, April 14-16. The group includes representatives from Aboriginal communities impacted by nuclear projects and national environment groups.
ANFA-2015
Canadian company Cameco is behind plans for two controversial uranium mines in Western Australia – Kintyre in the Pilbara and Yeelirrie in the Northern Goldfields, which will be at the forefront of issues raised by the Australian delegation alongside the emerging issues with the South Australian Royal Commission into the nuclear industry.

The Symposium will examine the human and environmental impacts of the industry, with the Australian delegation presenting sessions on the nuclear fuel chain legacy in Australia, Indigenous Rights and the nuclear fuel chain and the intergenerational health impacts of nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

The Symposium will be followed by the 5th International Uranium Film Festival, which will feature the Australian film “Protecting Manuwangku”, documenting the successful struggle of Warlmanpa Traditional Owners to stop a national radioactive dump at Muckaty in the Northern Territory.

Follow the tour via the ANFA website and via twitter on #uranium2015.

The Australian delegation includes:
•    Barb Shaw, Australian Nuclear Free Alliance co-chair (Alice Springs)
“Nationally we meet once a year with common issues on common ground, we’re now taking that internationally where people are fighting and struggling with the same things we’re facing back at home. My expectations for the next few days is networking and sharing solutions”

•    Peter Watts, Australian Nuclear Free Alliance co-chair (Arabunna Nation)
“What we’re digging up at home has consequences for every corner of the globe. I’m devastated that the uranium dug up from our country has such far reaching consequences globally, not just locally”

•    Debbie Carmody, Tjuma Pulka Radio Station Kalgoorlie (Anangu/Spinifex)
“People don’t always connect the mining with the end result, for example, what has happened at Fukushima”

•    Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation
“People from all around the world are in Canada sharing stories about the dangers and the environmental impacts of all aspects of the nuclear trade. From the land of the maple leaf to the land of the gum leaf, there is no place for the nuclear trade. It is not sustainable and it is not welcome.”
•    Gem Romuld, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
•    Marcus Atkinson, Footprints for Peace, Anti-nuclear Alliance of Western Australia

————-
Contact the delegation
Gem Romuld: (+1) 865 919 4562 gemromuld@gmail.comAustralian Contacts:
Sue Coleman-Haseldine – ANFA : 0458 544 593
Natalie Wasley- Beyond Nuclear Initiative: 0429 900 774
Mia Pepper -Conservation Council WA: 0415 380 808