20/03/2010: MUCKATY STATION NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP

Contents:
– Background
– Audio from Public meeting
– Senate Submissions
– Media Releases
– Senate Debates
– Analysis and/or Opinion
– News

– Background

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/
“This site is a snapshot of current nuclear free campaigns
in Australia, particularly focusing on the proposal for a
federal radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory.”

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/02/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-in-the-northern-territory-2-mar-10

– Audio from Public meeting

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog: New audio uploaded
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/new-audio-uploaded/
6 Mar 10: “Audio from the public meeting in Tennant Creek
(held Wednesday March 3) about the Muckaty radioactive
waste dump is now uploaded on the audio page- click here”
[Includes audio of:
* Bunny Napurula-Muckaty Traditional Owner,
* Doris Nakamarra Kelly-Muckaty Traditional Owner,
* Minister Gerry McCarthy-MLA Barkly (NT Government),
* Senator Scott Ludlam,
* Richard Downs-Alyawarr Walk Off Spokesperson,
* Barbara Shaw-Intervention Rollback Action Group,
* Dianne Nampin Stokes-Muckaty Traditional Owner]

– Senate Submissions

Parliament of Australia: Senate:
Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee:
National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010
Submissions received by the Committee
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/Committee/legcon_ctte/radioactivewaste/submissions.htm

– Media Releases

Greens MPs:
Government rediscovers secret report on Muckaty waste dump
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/government-rediscovers-secret-report-muckaty-waste-dump
15 Mar 10: “The Federal Government has admitted it has
possession of a secret anthropological report which
provides the foundation and sole basis for the nomination
of Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek, as the most likely
site for a radioactive waste dump.”

Greens MPs:
D-Day for Ferguson to produce Muckaty waste dump documents
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/d-day-ferguson-produce-muckaty-waste-dump-documents
11 Mar 10: “The Senate has ordered the Federal Government
to finally release documents relating to the secret
contract which paved the way for a radioactive waste dump
to be built at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek.”

Statement from the Alyawarr walk-off camp
re NLC support for a Nuclear Waste Dump at Muckaty
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
4 Mar 10: “To Kim Hill, Chairman of the NLC: In your recent
press statements, you say consultation has been carried out
with traditional leaders of Muckaty station who approve of
a nuclear waste dump site to go ahead. Yet there are other
Aboriginal leaders, elders and family’s voices who are
against the proposal not being heard. They have been
completely shut out of any consultation.”

Northern Land Council:
Ngapa traditional owner Amy Lauder welcomes new legislation
http://www.nlc.org.au/html/files/Ngapa%20traditional%20owner%20Amy%20Lauder%20welcomes%20new%20legislation.pdf
3 Mar 10: “Muckaty Station traditional owner Amy Lauder has
welcomed last week’s tabling of the National Radioactive
Waste Management Bill in Federal Parliament. … Ngapa
Elder Ms Lauder today met with Federal Resources Minister
Martin Ferguson in Darwin, re-iterating her wish that Ngapa
land at Muckaty Station be considered as a potential site
for a nuclear waste repository.”

Northern Land Council:
NLC welcome Radioactive Waste Management law
http://www.nlc.org.au/html/files/NLC%20welcomes%20Radioactive%20Waste%20Management%20Law%20230210.pdf
23 Feb 10: “The Northern Land Council (NLC) welcomes
Minister Ferguson’s announcement today that the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 will be tabled in
Federal Parliament later this week. The NLC also welcomes
the Minister’s announcement that the Ngapa nomination of
land at Muckaty Station will be preserved and the existing
site nomination deed honoured.”

– Senate Debates

OpenAustralia.org: Muckaty Station: 15 Mar 2010: Senate debates
http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2010-03-15.29.1
15 Mar 10: “This is not some obscure document; this is the
foundation upon which the entire case of the Muckaty
nomination rests. It is an anthropological study conducted
on behalf of the Northern Land Council that identifies a
number of people as the only ones who are able to comment
in regard to the Muckaty lands, where the Commonwealth
still proposes to dump radioactive waste. We are not able
to review those ideas or any of the material that is
contained there because it has never been made public.”
Scott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens)

– Analysis and/or Opinion

NT News: Political cowardice
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/03/17/132511_ntnews.html
17 Mar 10: “THE decision by the Senate to hold hearings
into the nuclear waste dump in Canberra and Darwin but not
Tennant Creek is an act of political cowardice. Muckaty
Station, 120km north of the Outback town, may – or may not
be – as good a place as any to build the depository. But
the people who live in Tennant and nearby surely have a
right to have their say.”

Tennant & District Times: Time to make a stand
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/opinion/letters/general/time-to-make-a-stand/1774773.aspx?storypage=0
12 Mar 10: “Last week Richard Downs, spokesperson for the
Alyawarr Walk Off Camp, wrote to the Northern Land Council
Chairman, Kim Hill, regarding the consultation process
which eventuated in the nomination of Muckaty Station as
the site for a nuclear dump. This is what he wrote: … “

ABC Darwin: What will be stored at Muckaty?
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/03/10/2842065.htm?site=darwin
10 Mar 10: “We’ve heard that medical waste will be stored
at an Australian radioactive waste dump, either at Muckaty
station or wherever else a site is chosen. But spent
nuclear fuel rods, which are of a higher level of
radioactivity, will also be stored in any waste dump that’s
established.”

Chris White Online: Oppose nuclear dump
http://chriswhiteonline.org/2010/03/oppose-nuclear-dump/
8 Mar 10: “Minister Ferguson is going ahead despite the
nomination of the Muckaty site is highly contested. The
Senate is now receiving submissions. It is essential that
the Senate Committee pay due respects to the Traditional
Owners by travelling to Tennant Creek to take evidence from
them directly. The nomination of the Muckaty site by the
Northern Land Council was highly controversial and is
strongly contested by many Traditional Owners.”

anthropologyworks: A heresy is occurring in Australia
http://anthropologyworks.com/?p=1671
6 Mar 10: “Muckaty station sits above an ancient aquifer
which is used by both the aborigines for drinking water and
white station owners to water their cattle. … Long-lived
carcinogenic isotopes will inevitably leak into underground
water systems, bio-concentrate in food chains and over
generations induce cancer, genetic disease and congenital
deformities in humans, animals and plants. A dismal prospect
indeed for Australia’s future.” Helen Caldicott

NT News Editorial: Shafted over nuke dump
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/03/05/129661_ntnews.html
5 Mar 10: “TRADITIONAL owners have finally woken up to the
fact that they are being shafted by the Federal Government
over the nuclear waste dump.”

– News

ABC: Waste dump debate a ‘health issue’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/18/2849539.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
18 Mar 10: “The Senate committee in charge of the inquiry
into the Federal Government’s proposed nuclear waste dump
legislation is expected to decide today whether to visit
Tennant Creek. The inquiry has received more than 200
submissions.”

Trading Room:
NT Labor MP opposes Muckaty station for nuclear dump
http://www.tradingroom.com.au/apps/view_breaking_news_article.ac?page=/data/news_research/published/2010/3/77/catf_100318_183200_2676.html
18 Mar 10: “A Northern Territory Labor MP has broken ranks
to oppose the use of the NT’s Muckaty Station to store
nuclear waste. Damian Hale, the Labor member for Solomon,
says he does not want the nuclear waste dump to be located
at Muckaty Station, 120km north of Tennant Creek.”

ABC Rural: Senate inquiry should go to Tennant Creek: pastoralist
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/nt/content/201003/s2847533.htm
16 Mar 10: “The inquiry will host hearings in Darwin and
Canberra, but not Tennant Creek which is only 120
kilometres south of Muckaty Station, currently the only
site on the table for a waste dump.”

ABC: Release study on Muckaty: Greens
http://www.in.com/news/current-affairs/fullstory-release-study-on-muckaty-greens-13179993-22b8af2723247781d0143330529fa038f4992bb0-1.html
16 Mar 10: “The Greens say they are puzzled as to why the
Federal Government tried to claim it had not seen an
anthropological study for a region that is the likely site
for a proposed national nuclear waste dump.”

ABC: Senators urged to visit planned waste dump site
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/15/2845785.htm?section=justin
15 Mar 10: “The Greens say a Senate inquiry into the
Federal Government’s proposed radioactive waste management
legislation will not visit the site of the proposed dump.”

NT News: Long trek for locals to be at dump talks
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/03/15/131811_ntnews.html
15 Mar 10: “TENNANT Creek locals and traditional owners
will have to travel to Darwin or Canberra if they want to
appear at the Senate Inquiry into new laws for a
radioactive waste dump.”

new media: tony serve blogs: Australian Greens blast Labor
over no waste dump hearing in Central Australia
http://tonyserve.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/australian-greens-blast-labor-over-no-waste-dump-hearing-in-central-australia/
14 Mar 10: “Greens blast Labor over no waste dump hearing
in Central Australia. The Federal Government is trying to
silence the Tennant Creek community with its decision not
to bring a radioactive waste dump inquiry to Central
Australia, the Australian Greens say.”

ABC: Earthquake fears over nuclear dump site
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/12/2843846.htm
12 Mar 10: “Reports into the suitability of the site chosen
by the Federal Government for a nuclear waste dump say more
scientific investigation is needed into the threat of
earthquakes around the Tennant Creek region. A Greens
Senate motion has forced the Federal Government to release
eight reports and two reviews into the possible sites for a
nuclear waste dump.”

Weekly Times Now: Nuclear waste dump likely
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/03/09/165345_national-news.html
9 Mar 10: “THE Northern Territory is set to house a
national radioactive waste dump, after the federal
coalition resolved to support government legislation.”

ABC: Coalition to support nuclear waste dump
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/09/2840493.htm?section=justin
9 Mar 10: “The Federal Opposition has confirmed it will
support the Government’s plan for a nuclear waste dump in
the Northern Territory. Muckaty Station, about 100
kilometres north of Tennant Creek, is the only site under
consideration for the proposed national radioactive waste
facility.”

SBS World News Australia: Nuclear waste dump plan for NT
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1210287/Nuclear-waste-dump-plan-for-NT
9 Mar 10: “The Northern Territory is set to house a
national radioactive waste dump, after the federal
coalition resolved to support government legislation.
Opposition energy spokesman Nick Minchin said the coalition
had long recognised the need for a central repository, but
when in government, had its efforts frustrated by state
Labor governments.”

Solidarity: Radioactive racism: Labor’s NT waste dump
http://www.solidarity.net.au/22/radioactive-racism-labors-nt-waste-dump/
Mar 10: “On Wednesday March 3, 150 people packed a
community hall in Tennant Creek for a protest meeting
against the imposition of a nuclear waste dump on the
Muckaty Aboriginal Land Trust, 100 kilometres north of the
town. There was a strong mood of defiance. Local people
feel deeply betrayed by the Rudd government.” Paddy Gibson

Tennant & District Times:
Federal minister snubs nuke dump resistance
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/federal-minister-snubs-nuke-dump-resistance-/1768256.aspx
5 Mar 10: ““YOU know I’m not going to Tennant Creek,”
Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson snorted through
the airwaves. … “

NT News: Tennant Creek locals gather to talk nuclear waste
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/03/05/129491_ntnews.html
5 Mar 10: “SPEAKERS travelled thousands of kilometres to
address residents of the Territory town at the centre of
the national nuclear waste dump debate this week. The
Tennant Creek public meeting at the CWA Hall was attended
by more than 150 people on Wednesday night.”

ABC: Snowdon confirms pro-nuclear dump vote
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/05/2837357.htm
5 Mar 10: “The federal Labor Member for Lingiari, Warren
Snowdon, says he will vote for new legislation which will
override the Northern Territory’s power to block a nuclear
waste dump.”

ABC Alice Springs: ‘Dismayed’: nuclear dump concerns raised
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/04/2836195.htm?site=alicesprings
4 Mar 10: “More than 100 people have attended a public
meeting in Tennant Creek about a proposed nuclear waste
dump near the Northern Territory town.”


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