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

December 13, 2016

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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?

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South Australian protest against Nuclear Citizens Jury

June 27, 2016

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Nuclear royal commission: Protesters voice opposition to SA waste dump outside citizens’ jury, ABC News, 25 June 16   Anti-nuclear protesters have confronted SA Premier Jay Weatherill on his way into a citizens’ jury which is meeting to consider a controversial proposal to build a nuclear waste dump in the state.

The event at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) was prompted by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, which handed down its findings earlier this year.

The final report by commissioner Kevin Scarce delivered to the SA Government in May made 12 recommendations, including the creation of waste storage sites and the relaxation of federal restrictions on nuclear power.

Tentative findings released in February also urged the creation of a dump with capacity for 138,000 tonnesof spent fuel from the world’s nuclear reactors.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside SAHMRI in Adelaide this morning, shouting out their concerns when the Premier arrived.

Gypsy-Rose Entriken from the Barossa Valley said she was worried about the dangers of transporting nuclear waste. “I’m really worried about what the implications of this long-term dump are going to be, and how it’s going to affect us for the rest of our lives and for generations,” she said.

“How are they going to get it here? There’s so many things that can go wrong.”

The citizens’ jury is made up of 50 people selected from about 1,100 registrations by research organisation newDemocracy Foundation, and is part of a public relations exercise organised by the State Government.

Its job is to decide which elements of the royal commission’s recommendations need to be discussed in more detail…….http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-25/citizens-jury-to-consider-nuclear-dump-proposal/7543314

Nuclear waste dump p-lan rejected by women and Labor voters – poll reveals

May 19, 2016

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Women and Labor voters opposed to international nuclear waste dump in South Australia, poll finds, Adelaide Now, March 21, 2016  PETER JEAN, POLITICAL REPORTER The Advertiser PREMIER Jay Weatherill will need to win the support of women and his own Labor voters if the State Government decides to back the construction of an international nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia.

The results of a new opinion poll show almost 60 per cent of women and most Labor voters are opposed to a global nuclear waste facility being located in the state.

The ReachTEL Poll of 1077 SA residents conducted on March 10 found that 37 per cent of voters supported of voters supported an international nuclear waste dump, 48.5 per cent were opposed and 14 per cent were undecided….

Australia Institute executive director Ben Oquist said South Australians were increasingly aware of the risks posed by the project, including the damage it could do to the state’s reputation.

“I think people are increasingly wise to the projects that are jobs-rich, versus those that are expensive, likely to involve a large upfront government subsidy and won’t produce long-term jobs,’’ Mr Oquist said.

“Those industries that are jobs-intensive are potentially put at risk by South Australia’s brand being threatened by a global nuclear waste dump.’’….. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/women-and-labor-voters-opposed-to-international-nuclear-waste-dump-in-south-australia-poll-finds/news-story/35d4ad38cadbaae4798ca89e91c74f5f

Advocacy Group against Nuclear waste dumping- NO Dump Alliance – launched

May 19, 2016

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Advocacy group protests against high-level nuclear waste dump in SA, saying it poses great health, environment and financial risks  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-16/nuclear-dump-protesters-warn-of-cultural-genocide-in-sa/7419406 May 16, 2016  Erin Jones The Advertiser

A NEW advocacy group will lobby against a high-level nuclear waste dump being built in SA.

The No Dump Alliance group launched on Monday and already has the support of several groups, including the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation, the Maritime Union of Australia and SA Aboriginal Congress.

The group formed after the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission earlier this month recommended the state urgently pursue the opportunity of a nuclear dump.

The No Dump Alliance believes the proposal shows a lack of respect for traditional owners, who opposed the dump and said it could pose significant health, environment and financial risks.

Candice Champion is a Adnyamathanha woman from the Flinders Ranges who said a nuclear storage facility could pose many risks to her community.

“As a young Adnyamathanha woman my family will be affected by this nuclear dump, which is bringing about a lot of anxiety and mental health issues to my family and community,” Ms Champion said.

“These places are of quality and significance to me and people continue to discount the Adnyamathanha voice which is frustrating and disheartening.

“We want to be able to invest in our future generations and be able to pass something over that is important and pristine, not something posing any risks.”

SA Aboriginal Congress chairman Tauto Sansbury said the group must have a united front and it was not just an “Aboriginal fight” to protect the land.

“This will be a united front to protect SA and make sure it continues to grow from other opportunities, apart from being the international dumping ground,” Mr Sansbury said.

“I believe we’re going to win this because this is not just about an Aboriginal fight … it’s everyone’s fight.”

The State Government will use a jury of 350 randomly selected South Australians to make recommendations to it in November on whether to proceed with the plan for a nuclear waste dump.

The jury was part of a six-step process to unfold over the next seven months, culminating in a firm Government position being outlined to State Parliament.

Premier Jay Weatherill has previously stressed the project could not proceed without broad political and community support.

2016: Dave Sweeney sums up the challenges for Australia’s anti-nuclear movement

December 24, 2015

 

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Looking ahead:

2016 is shaping up as a very significant year. A federal election always provides colour and movement along with opportunity and threat. Against this backdrop some of our key work will include:

·         SA Royal Commission: the Commission’s interim report is expected on February 15 with a final report by May 6. It is likely that this will be largely supportive of nuclear expansion plans with a chorus line of industry boosters. We need to prepare for a media blitz and ensure there is public contest, support those communities – especially Aboriginal people – most directly affected, and buttress federal Labor’s opposition to domestic nuclear power and international nuclear waste.

 

·         National radioactive waste: the community comment period around the six current sites closes on March 11 (Fukushima’s fifth anniversary). We will continue to support affected communities and provide information and access to resources – including the film Containment.  We need to keep finding ways to advance the long standing civil society call for a detailed, public and independent review of responsible waste management options.

 

·         Uranium: maintain pressure to help ensure ERA transitions from creating to cleaning radioactive mine mess in Kakadu, hold the line against any full project approvals in WA ahead of the March 2017 state election by taking this story from Cottesloe to Canada, track heap leaching plans at Olympic Dam and support calls for action on BHP’s failings in Brazil.

 

·         Federal election/policy: ensure no nuclear policy retreats and oppose moves to fast-track state and federal project approvals through changes to environmental laws and the ‘one stop shop’ At election time we need to remind all politicians that no one has a mandate to radiate.

 

·         Lest we forget: 2016 is a big anniversary year – 5 years since the Australian uranium fuelled Fukushima crisis, 30 years since Chernobyl and 60 years since the creation of the flawed International Atomic Energy Agency. All provide opportunities to reflect and revisit.

 

·         Braid the pieces and tell the story:  join the dots nationally and internationally about how Australian uranium drives local damage and division and fuels global insecurity in the form of risky reactors, nuclear weapons and forever wastes.

Radioactive waste delivery to Malcolm Turnbull (fake – from Greenpeace )

October 31, 2015

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Greenpeace delivers fake nuclear waste to Malcolm Turnbull’s office, By Georgina Mitchell Celsius, 30 Oct 15The environmental group turned up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate office in Sydney on Thursday equipped with a truck, white suits and six yellow barrels painted with radioactive symbols to deliver a message that nuclear waste is everyone’s problem.

On Wednesday, Mr Turnbull said Australia could plausibly mine uranium, sell it overseas for use in nuclear power stations, then take it back as waste.

This proposition was abhorrent to Greenpeace, who said the waste would impact Australia for “literally thousands of years”.

“The new Prime Minister has given some significant signals that his government is more interested in science and good policy than his predecessor, but the nuclear thought bubble is just plain wrong headed,” said Emma Gibson, Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s head of program.

“If the government really wants to boost the Australian economy, how about making us a world leader in solar power and the renewables industry?

“Mr Turnbull has indicated that he wants to lead a government focused on innovation, but nuclear power is heavy old tech. We need to move towards clean, modern solutions to our energy needs, like solar power and other renewables,” she said…..http://www.celsius.news/story/3456818/greenpeace-delivers-fake-nuclear-waste-to-malcolm-turnbulls-office/?cs=4695

Yet again South Australian Aboriginal women prepare to fight against nuclear waste dumping

October 17, 2015

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Aboriginal women reaffirm fight against nuclear waste dump in South Australia ABC Radio National,  The World Today  By Natalie Whiting 16 Oct 15 The first shipment of Australia’s nuclear waste to be returned from re-processing in France has now left a French port, and will arrive on our shores by the end of the year. The return of the 25 tonnes of nuclear waste is putting renewed pressure on the Federal Government to find a location for a permanent waste dump.

The shipment began its journey just a day after senior Aboriginal women gathered in Adelaide to mark their fight against a proposed dump in South Australia in the 1990s.

The women say they will fight against any new move to put the waste on their land…..

SA Aboriginal women remember waste dump victory A Federal Government plan to build a
nuclear waste dump in the South Australian outback in 1998 attracted fierce opposition, especially among local Aboriginal people.

An event in Adelaide last night celebrated the work of a group of women called kupa piti kungka tjuta, who campaigned against the dump. Emily Austin from Coober Pedy was one of them. (centre in picture)

“We used to fight, we travelled everywhere – we went to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide,” she said.
“We were telling them that’s poison and you’re going to bury it in our country? “That’s no good.”

The women campaigned for six years until a Federal Court challenge from the South Australian government put an end to the dump. Ms Austin said she could remember the day the court found in South Australia’s favour.

“I was out in the bush hunting and I heard it on the radio in the Toyota. We were all screaming, ‘We won’.

“All the kungkas (women) were happy.”

While the Federal Government is in the midst of a voluntary process for finding a site for a dump, South Australia’s outback is still seen as an ideal location.

The South Australian Government’s attitude to the industry has been shifting.

It has launched a royal commission to investigate possible further involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle.The royal commission is looking at everything from mining uranium, processing, waste storage and nuclear power.

The organiser of last night’s event, Karina Lester, is the granddaughter of one of the women who campaigned and her father was blinded by the British nuclear tests at Maralinga half a century ago.

She said the Aboriginal people in South Australia’s north have a long and tortured history with the nuclear industry. “Maralinga’s had a huge impact because people speak from first-hand experience,” she said.

“People like the amazing kupa piti kungka tjuta, many of those old women who are no longer with us today, they were there the day the ground shook and the black mist rolled.

“It’s an industry that doesn’t sit comfortably with Anungu community.”

Ms Lester said it was good to see the royal commission consulting with people before a decision is made.”Credit to the royal commission that they’ve made an effort to engage with a broader community of Aboriginal communities,” she said.

“But how many of those Anangu are really understanding he technicality of this royal commission and what industry really means?” Ms Austin said she was ready to fight any future attempts to set up a waste dump in the region.

“Oh yeah, I’ve still got fight yet. They might stop yet, they might listen, I dunno,” she said.  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-16/aboriginal-women-fight-against-nuclear-waste-dump-in-sa/6861012

Traditional Aboriginal Landowners, and Others Who Care, Complete The Walkatjurra Walkabout

September 19, 2015

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http://walkingforcountry.com/2015/09/17/41888/ 16 Sep 15: “The Walkatjurra Walkabout, which started in 2011,  finished its 5th walk in the North Eastern Goldfields town  of Leonora on Tuesday. The walk, a collaboration of Aboriginal and non-indigenous people, is a moving community  protest against the proposed uranium mines in the region.

The month long walk, lead by local Traditional Owners,  covered almost 450 km’s from Wiluna to Leonora, passing  Toro Energy’s Wiluna uranium mine proposal at Lake Way and Cameco’s proposed uranium mine at Yeelirrie Station.  Walk participants included local Traditional Owners, people
from Australia, Japan, Taiwan, England, Sweden, Aotearoa (New Zealand), America and France.

The walks continue to attract people interested in learning about Aboriginal culture, caring for country and to share a united vision for a nuclear free world.

greensSmThe walk was also joined at Yeelirrie for two days by Federal Greens senators Rachel Siewert and Co-Deputy Greens leader Scott Ludlam along with state Greens MLC Robin Chapple.

The visit included a tour of Toro Energy’s uranium project at Lake Way near Wiluna with walkers and Toro Energy. Many of the participants have first hand experience of the
dangers of the nuclear industry, especially those from Japan and Taiwan, whose nuclear industry are fuelled by Australian uranium. … “

The past year in Australia’s Nuclear Free Movement

December 31, 2014

December sees action in the Top End with spirited protests over uranium and fracking concerns outside the MCA’s NT mining conference and 4000 formal public submissions opposing the R3D plan, ICAN holds a successful set of gatherings on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear war in Vienna – including a presentation from Sue Coleman Haseldine and an open letter from ENGO’s to Julie Bishop, Energy Metals Australia move to seek approval to mine Mulga Rocks – but Mia Pepper is in the way, the long waited for Olkala land handover in Cape York see’s further constraints put on Areva’s plans to dig,

PM Abbott flags uranium sales to Ukraine – from the land that fuelled Fukushima to the country that is home to Chernobyl,

Barry Brook leads a call for nuclear power to be accepted by ENGO’s, Minister Macfarlane accepts that the push through approach to dump siting has failed and announces modest public input into a new model.


Nuclear Free snapshot 2014  Dave Sweeney, Australian Consevation Foundation, 31 Dec 14 January
started with Top End storms washing out a section of the Ghan rail line and further highlighting transport risks with hazardous materials, concerns over the spectacular December 2013 uranium slurry spill at Ranger mine remained high and around 4000 people gathered in Redfern for the opening of John Pilger’s film Utopia

In February the Muckaty Federal Court case had detailed directions hearing in Melbourne, a delegation of MP’s from Greenland heard directly about the impacts of uranium mining on country and culture when they were briefed by ACF, FoE and Gundjeihmi while on a fact finding mission, mid-month saw activists from WA and beyond meet in Perth for an effective planning session aimed at keeping the West uranium free, the CCWA led a series of workshops to facilitate public engagement with the Kintyre mine approvals process and also drove a detailed response from national groups while Scott Ludlum took time off from electioneering to join a nuke free session at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living festival, Paladin put the Kayelekera mine in Malawi on care and maintenance, Uranium Free NSW activists lodged formal objections to the Dubbo Zirconia project and after making the Black Mist publication pozible and reminding Peter Costello and the Future Fund that there is no future in nuclear weapons ICAN reps took the nuclear weapons abolition message further with a successful conference in Nayarit (Mexico)

 March saw the annual national nuke free strategy and planning gathering with crew from around the country converging on Trades Hall in Melbourne for productive days of plotting, tens of thousands joined the March in March initiative and took to the streets around the nation, The Fukushima anniversary was marked with a range of actions and events nationally, ACF’s Yellowcake Fever report landed on the desks of politicians around the country, MAPW condemned Cameco’s approach to radiation as ‘junk science’, the Townsville City Council voted unanimously to oppose uranium mining, Deloitte Access Economics launched a new report with an old agenda – that Australia become the global radioactive waste dump, Dianne Stokes joined with John Pilger and Marianne McKay for a powerhouse public meeting in Sydney, increased uranium levels in NSW csg operations led to renewed calls for a uranium ban, military adventurism in Crimea led to calls to end uranium sales to Putin’s Russia, the Queensland government moved to limit community right to object to mining in order to circumvent ‘extreme green groups in Melbourne’ and others

 April saw ERA and Rio Tinto announce a joint uranium marketing deal and concerns over ERA’s capacity to rehabilitate the Ranger site dominate the Alligator Rivers Region Advisory Committee forum and the ERA annual meeting in Darwin, much hard work and many hopes were rewarded with the clear re-election of Senator Scott Ludlam in the WA election re-run, a frenzy of WW1 commemorations (a taster for 2015 and Gallipoli) also saw the Independent and Peaceful Australia Networks national peace convergence in Canberra which included monster efforts from Jacob Greech and others to hold the most actions at the most venues on the one day, Four Mile uranium mine was opened in SA, FoE continued its long and proud Rad Tour tradition and took people from Melbourne to Muckaty, Trade Minister Andrew Robb inks a uranium deal with the United Arab Emirates even though JSCOT urges caution, Foreign Minister Bishop gets pressured at aconference in Hiroshima over Australia’s poor nuclear record, the Chernobyl anniversary is used to highlight just how for how long this industry is, ACF, MAPW and Keep Queensland Nuclear Free take the anti-uranium story on the road through north and n-w Queensland

In May Rio Tinto were the target of annual meeting attention, the Walkatjutta Walkabout set off, MAPW released a plain language guide to radiation and health, after arguing against uranium on his pastoral property Twiggy Forrest put $12 mill into Energy Metals Australia, David Bradbury and others showcased Australian issues at the 4th International uranium film festival in Rio (not Tinto) while nuclear issues featured at the Human Right art and film festival in Melbourne, a radioactive waste transport petition was launched, there were reports of crop circles at Muckaty and a ventilation shaft collapsed during construction at ERA’s R3D project, the federal budget saw more money for ANSTO – radioactive waste and Rum Jungle, submissions were made over EPBC protections and ARPANSA transport codes and people gathered in Tennant Creek for the inaugural meeting of the NT chapter of ANFA – the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance – and to join a bright and bouncy protest to mark the anniversary of the contested Muckaty site nomination

 June saw ECNT inaugural Ochre Green conference with Yvonne Margarula and Jeffrey Lee recognised for successful nuclear resistance, the Muckaty federal court case started in Melbourne and World Environment Day saw a powerful radwaste public meeting while the Feds approved the restart of operations at Ranger that had been suspended since the December 2013 tank collapse, nuclear industry advocates and spruikers gather in Perth for an international uranium conference while activists outside offered counselling sessions to delegates over the sorry state of the industry and have better things to do with a series of events showcasing how our energy future is renewable not radioactive, ERA’s operations are questioned in NT Estimates, the Ukraine crisis raises Australian uranium concerns, Alliance Resources moves to sell its stake in the Four Mile project in SA, ICAN holds a roundtable in Melbourne, Nat Lowrey is arrested and detained for six days after a protest against the Lynas rare earths plant in Malaysia and Bill Williams and Gisela Gardener represent Australia at a series of anti-nuke gatherings in Germany. And the big news for June: after years of struggle the Muckaty dump plan is pulled on June 19– No dump!! massive congrats to the Muckaty TO’s and to so many – especially Nat Wasley.

July: Japanese PM Abe visits Australia amidst calls for more attention and follow up to fuelling Fukushima, talk grows of radioactive waste storage in WA, Townsville marches against uranium mining, Mia and MPI put forward the case for a better approach to mine rehabilitation at an industry conference in Brisbane, the WA EPA recommends approval of Kintyre despite Fairfax medias high profile story on mining approval irregularities with the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation, BHP seeks approval for heap leaching at Olympic Dam, various reports trickle in on what went wrong at Ranger and people gather for a Muckaty victory party in Tennant Creek.

In August Tony Abbott flags nuclear power, visiting activists from Taiwan’s Green Citizens Action Alliance make links, Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration events take place nationally, FoE Melbourne has a Muckaty  celebration, ERA posts a record half year loss of over $130 mill, Bob Hawke spruiks international radioactive waste storage as the solution to Aboriginal disadvantage while NT Chief Minister Adam Giles ducks for cover, the Pacific Islands Forum calls for wider adherence to the South Pacific Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty, Minister Macfarlane visits Tennant and calls the abandoned Muckaty process a disaster as a push starts for a new dump site in the Tanami, Australian reps attend the IPPNW Congress in Kazakhstan, ENGOs formally appeal the WA EPA’s Kintyre decision, Australian officials finalise a uranium deal with India as ENGO’s call for an inquiry into the uranium trade, the Facing the Fallout tour takes place with former Japanese PM Kan touring Australia with media/political and public appearances in the NT/WA/ACT/Qld and Vic – a powerful and positive initiative.

 September and ICANs Don’t Bank on the Bomb report is launched, BHPs heap leach plan is approved without further assessment, there is a strong nuke free presence at climate rallies around the country, NSW announces that six companies will be invited to explore for uranium, Abbott inks the India deal with Modi, Mayors for Peace hold a major gathering in Fremantle with cabaret quizzes and a host of related activities, Minister Macfarlane flags a national radioactive waste site nomination and Leonora Shire blinks, Central Australian Aboriginal leaders issue a statement against the dump as Tanami regional meetings take place, the first international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons sees the launch of ICANs nuclear umbrella clip and Australia suspends uranium sales to Russia.

 October sees the crew assemble for the annual ANFA gathering in Alice Springs – days of good folk/talk and planning, ERA applies for approval of its R3D underground mine at Ranger against a backdrop of an international day of action against Rio Tinto, ENGO’s write to Macfarlane urging to move beyond Muckaty and hold an independent Inquiry into responsible radioactive waste management, Toro Energy move to expand the stalled Wiluna project, nuclear issues feature in Senate Estimates, ICAN responds to the Defence White Paper with a call for no bomb and no bomb fuel, another report into ERA finds its operations ‘did not meet expected standards’

 November and ENGO’s comment on radioactive waste plans, AgM season heats up with actions and attendance at BHP/Paladin Energy and Toro Energy meetings with powerful related public events and messaging, the NT department of Mines seeks a further $200 million federal dollars to help clean up Rum Jungle, as PM Modi addresses federal parliament JSCOT opens public comment on the India deal and the former ASNO boss John Carlson is highly critical of the sales plan, the G20 Summit and related Peoples Forum takes place in Brisbane with Robin Taubenfeld coordinating a solid nuke free and peace theme, GAC and Jeffrey Lee make important presentations at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, ENGO’s contest Cameco’s move for mining at Yeelirrie, Julie Bishop calls for domestic nuclear power as the Central Land Council confirms there will be no waste dump in its region.

 December sees action in the Top End with spirited protests over uranium and fracking concerns outside the MCA’s NT mining conference and 4000 formal public submissions opposing the R3D plan, ICAN holds a successful set of gatherings on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear war in Vienna – including a presentation from Sue Coleman Haseldine and an open letter from ENGO’s to Julie Bishop, Energy Metals Australia move to seek approval to mine Mulga Rocks – but Mia Pepper is in the way, the long waited for Olkala land handover in Cape York see’s further constraints put on Areva’s plans to dig, PM Abbott flags uranium sales to Ukraine – from the land that fuelled Fukushima to the country that is home to Chernobyl, Barry Brook leads a call for nuclear power to be accepted by ENGO’s, Minister Macfarlane accepts that the push through approach to dump siting has failed and announces modest public input into a new model.

 

Which brings us to a new year…..

Thanks to all behind the news, making the news and especially to those documenting and collating the news including Jim Green at WISE, the Radioactive and Understorey crews, Maelor and Josh at ACF, Mia and Marcus and Judy at ANAWA, GAC, Christina Macpherson and more…..

Steadfast opposition to Muckaty nuclear waste dump plan

May 28, 2013

Waste dump opponents ‘not going to back down’    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-27/waste-dump-opponents-not-going-to-back-down/4715238  By Gail Liston  May 27, 2013 More than 200 people have marched in Tennant Creek to protest against a nuclear waste dump planned for Muckaty Station north of the town.

Traditional owner Diane Stokes says the chairman of the Central Land Council (CLC), Maurie Ryan, addressed the rally, declaring the CLC will support the protesters. Mr Ryan told the crowd, the CLC is on a collision course with the Northern Land Council over how they have handled the Muckaty nomination. Ms Stokes says it is time the CLC takes control of the country as far north as Elliott to support traditional owners in their bid to stop the dump going ahead.

“We were saying before about the boundaries to be put back now because Central Land Council is very strong on helping us out, supporting us in getting the boundary back to Elliott,” she said.

She says representatives from Unions NT and the CLC travelled to Tennant Creek to join the rally. ”I’m very happy that we’ve marched and I know I want these people out there to know that we’re still standing strong and I want to let the supporters know that I want to thank them for supporting us,” she said.

Natalie Wasley from the Beyond Nuclear Initiative says the protesters recognise that the proposed nuclear waste dump is not just an NT issue. ”This is shaping up to be a very important issue in the Northern Territory for the federal election and so that was expressed very strongly at the rally, that people are going to be knocking [on] the doors of all the candidates and asking where they stand and are they going to stand up for the Territory on this issue,” she said.

She says it has been six years since the site was nominated and no-one is planning to give up the fight. ”It was noted that this Muckaty campaign has outlasted many federal ministers, chief ministers and chairpeople and CEOs of the Northern Land Council,” she said.

“The community is absolutely resolute and they’re not going to back down. ”They’re going to build up and radioactive waste is going to last even longer than all of those politicians.”