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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

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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.”

Adelaide University ignores pro nuclear nonsense from its own department

January 8, 2013

Brett Burnard Stokes, 5 Jan 13I persist with my challenge to Adelaide University over the ongoing Nuclear Advocacy Fraud.

I am currently fighting against pro nuclear (and anti renewables) lies being told by Adelaide University.

See the Notice of Demand 121212 at
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=497582423606035&set=a.497576736939937.113968.100000628465779&type=3

I plan to make a lot of noise in the days and weeks ahead.

My primary target is Warren Bebbington, the Vice Chancellor of The University of Adelaide.

The Vice Chancellor is a newcomer to the scene and can claim “no blame” while cutting the fraudsters away from the Uni.

But to do so, the VC needs to act within the next few weeks, or he will be seen by history to be part of the problem.

Please feel free to offer advice and support and to spread the word.

I hope you can lend me a hand by:

Please comment on the The Environment Institute FaceBook page
https://www.facebook.com/TheEnvironmentInstitute

Please comment on the 6th December post on The Environment Institute FaceBook page
https://www.facebook.com/TheEnvironmentInstitute/posts/440332289359898

Please email to the Vice Chancellor of The University of Adelaide
vice-chancellor@adelaide.edu.au

Please post public advice and expressions of support on my FaceBook pages, including the Notice of Demand 121212
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=497582423606035&set=a.497576736939937.113968.100000628465779&type=3

Please email me with private advice and expressions of support
brettstokesadelaide-byebyebarrybrook@yahoo.com

Powerful Electrical trades Union opposing uranium mining in Queensland

November 15, 2012

“‘Uranium will be the next asbestos. All those years ago they said it was safe to work with asbestos. Then years later the companies didn’t want to know about it when workers started dying from diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer,”

ETU in uranium mining no-go Townsville Bulletin, JOHN ANDERSEN  |  November 10th, 2012 UNION bosses have instructed the 12,800 financial members of the Electrical Trades Union in Queensland not to work in any start-up uranium mines in the state.

The ETU directive against members taking jobs in uranium mines has been in place since 2010, but with no uranium industry in the state it has lain dormant for the past two years. With the Queensland Government last month overturning the state’s ban on uranium mining and companies keen to develop already explored prospects near
Townsville, the Gulf Country and north of Mount Isa, the ETU has activated the no-work directive for members. (more…)

15th anniversary of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance – Senator Scott Ludlam in Parliament

October 9, 2012

This industry is on the way out—not simply because of its internal contradictions and the disastrous toll it inflicts on host communities everywhere it touches down, but because of the extraordinary, selfless and tireless work of the campaigners that I was privileged to spend a few brief days with in Alice Springs. I hope that we have some better news by the time ANFA reconvenes this time next year.

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (19:37):  I rise tonight to make some brief remarks about an event that occurred this past weekend just outside Alice Springs: the 15th meeting of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance. It is the 15th anniversary.

The first one occurred in 1997, in the same town in Alice Springs, and the spur for that meeting was also the event that I suppose first got me properly involved in politics. The Jabiluka uranium mine was being proposed and seriously progressed by mining company ERA, at that time owned by North Ltd. A campaign led by strong Aboriginal women in Kakadu—which is a theme I will return to in a moment—called for help from around the country to fend off the activities of a predatory mining company which had the full support of the Howard federal government, which had only been in office for a year or two, and the Northern Territory government.

It was a profoundly important experience for me as a young person to get involved with that campaign, to realise that I was stepping out of what I thought was purely an environmental campaign into a land rights battle led by strong Aboriginal women.  (more…)

Growing public opposition to uranium exploration, mining, in New South Wales

August 20, 2012

The waste from any uranium mining in NSW would remain dangerous long after the O’Farrell government is gone from Macquarie Street.

Rather than promoting the unsafe uranium sector the government should building an energy future that is renewable, not radioactive

Nuke South Wales? http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14007 By Natalie Wasley and Pepe Clarke -, 20 August 2012       Earlier this year, in a sharp break with a long standing and bi-partisan ban, the NSW Government announced it would allow uranium exploration across the state. This abrupt reversal of a 26-year prohibition came without warning or consultation and against the backdrop of the global nuclear industry reeling from the continuing

Fukushima disaster.

At the time, Premier O’Farrell cited the narrowly won ALP national conference vote allowing uranium sales to India as rationale for the policy change, but outside of cabinet responses ranged from wariness to outright hostility.
The decision to allow uranium exploration was – and is – fiercely opposed by NSW Labor and the Greens. Speaking against the move in both state parliament and a recent public meeting, Shadow Environment Minister Luke Foley captured the strength of this resistance: “As long as I am in public life I will argue against this dangerous industry

Civil society and community groups are increasing both the light and the heat on the Premier’s atomic ambitions including through this week’s launch of a NSW Uranium Free Charter in Sydney. The Charter highlights the dangers of the nuclear industry,calls on government to rule out uranium mining in New South Wales and has already gathered strong support state and national trade unions, environment groups, public health and student organisations. (see attached and
www.nccnsw.org.au/uranium ).

The Charter signals the start of a new campaign to keep NSW free from uranium mining and promises to increasingly locate this controversial mineral on the state political radar . (more…)

Look out BHP Billiton. You’ll be on film at Olympic Damn uranium mine protest

July 12, 2012

David Bradbury is traveling to Roxby with a small camera crew to document the actions at Olympic Dam as part of Lizard’s Revenge. He is driving down (ie. heading south) and is aware of the roadblocks the state is putting in place, but is hoping to make it down by today or tomorrow. His trip and the festival can be followed on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Bradbury/349981725057349

 Letter from David Bradbury 10 July 12
Dear Friends ,I sense I am stepping into a maelstrom in going to Roxby. We’re on the road now and overnighting in Coonabarrabran before heading over the border via Broken Hill today. Trevor and I – two filmmakers – are traveling with 36 year old Aboriginal man Jarmanj and his 13 year old son to Roxby to join the Desert Liberation Army of ‘faithful ferals’ (mostly Generation Y)  who have organised this protest called for by ‘Uncle’ Kevin Buzzacott. The Lizard’s Revenge is a Dreamtime story of Kalta, a giant sleeping lizard, who lies with ‘poison’ in his belly under the ground at Roxby; his giant protective tail wrapping all around Australia. Roxby is sited at the Gates of Hell, the entrance to the giant Olympic Dam uranium mine, the largest deposit of uranium on the planet……

BHP Billiton who own the mine and run it ‘like Nazi Germany’; so one of the workers told me three years ago when I was there filming after he told me not so politely to put my camera away and ‘f- off’. The miners and the huge multi national mining giant don’t like their right to earn big money and profits ripping out the Heart of Australia and polluting the precious water supply of future generations. They mine the uranium which they send to Fukushima and other places less technologically apt than Japan – which has still managed to stuff up big time. The world as we know it will end if Reactor No 4 falls apart as it is threatening to do releasing radioactive Caesium levels 5000 times that released by the Hiroshima bomb. It is perched in a bulging pond 30m above ground experiencing continuing seismic shocks and record typhoons. (ref: Mark Willacy’s excellent 7.30 Report two weeks ago).  ……

My job is to record what happens to ‘the kids’, knowing how savage the South Australian cops were last time anti nuke activists staged a peaceful protest at Beverley uranium mine (owned by the Blue Bros of Nevada who invented the drone so loved by the Afghanis and Pakistanis these days). The SA cops back then sprayed the demonstrators who had showed no violence with capsicum spray, then forced them into shipping containers in the heat of summer…and then locked them inside welding the containers shut. Millions of dollars in compensation was eventually awarded against the state (and hard done by taxpayers) by the SA Supreme Court. ….

We plan to cross over into SA via Broken Hill and on to the Flinders Ranges today…to the base camp of the ‘Desert Liberation Front’ somewhere west of Lake Eyre. We’ve just received word last night that the cops have blockaded the road heading south from the base camp 300 km north of Roxby. This will force the protestors to travel for a good day (and a long, long distance out of their way) to get back down via Port Augusta and up to Roxby again with their deadline to start the protest at the gates of the giant Olympic Dam mine next Saturday.

Other than going there to film whatever happens, we are also bringing Dr Helen Caldicott across to Roxby the afternoon of 18 July to speak to mums, grandmothers and any dads who want to come about the dangers of uranium mining and living in its shadow,18 km away, to the most vulnerable of our ‘tribe’ – babies, young children and teenagers.