Nuclear Waste Dump in NT, Australia
Close the Gap day
NT Intervention Articles
Other Aboriginal Articles


– Background

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
“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)

WGAR News: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (20 Mar 10)

– Funding Appeal

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
Funding appeal: Support needed for Muckaty Traditional
Owners to attend Senate Inquiry.
24 Mar 10: “A public appeal is being launched to raise
funds for Muckaty Traditional Owners to attend a Senate
Inquiry hearing in Darwin on April 12. The Legal and
Constitutional Affairs Committee is considering the
recently tabled National Radioactive Waste Management Bill
2010, which identifies an area in the Muckaty Land Trust as
the only site to be initially considered for a radioactive
waste dump. The Senate Inquiry has decided it will not take
evidence in Tennant Creek, despite the town being home to
many Muckaty Traditional Owners and concerned community
[Includes details of how people can make tax deductible

CAAMA Radio News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
25 Mar 10: “Public appeal against the proposed Muckaty
waste dump.”

Koori Mail: Funds needed for Muckaty TOs
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
24 Mar 10: “DONATIONS are being sought to help Muckaty
Traditional Owners attend a Senate Inquiry hearing in
Darwin on April 12. The inquiry is examining the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010, which identifies an
area in the Muckaty Land Trust for a radioactive waste
dump. Donations can be made through the Arid Lands
Environment Centre in Alice Springs.”

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
TERRITORY TALKIN’:Dumping on Muckaty station
18 Mar 10: “Muckaty station, the proposed site for
Australia’s first purpose-built radioactive storage
facility is located 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek
in what turns out to be a very interesting geo-political
position. Although situated a good deal closer to the
Central Land Council (CLC) base of operations in Alice
Springs, this country is managed on behalf of the
traditional owners by the Darwin-based Northern Land
Council (NLC).” Graham Ring, an NIT columnist based in Darwin

– News

ABC: ETU slams nuclear waste dump plan
27 Mar 10: “The Electrical Trades Union is seeking to ban
its members from contributing to the proposed nuclear waste
dump in Central Australia. The ETU used its Northern
Territory delegates conference in Darwin yesterday to
discuss the union’s concerns about the proposed nuclear
waste site.”

The Guardian – The Worker’s Weekly: N-dump anger
24 Mar 10: “Opposition is mounting against a proposal to
site a national radioactive dump at Muckaty Station in the
Northern Territory despite the Northern Land Council (NLC)
insisting it has the support of traditional owners.
Meetings, protests and angry statements have been the
fall-out since a recent announcement by Federal Resources
Minister Martin Ferguson … ” Darren Coyne

ABC: Dump hearing snub a ‘slap in the face’
22 Mar 10: “Tennant Creek residents are angry with the
decision not to hold local public hearings on the proposed
nuclear waste dump for Muckaty Station. The Senate
committee in charge of the inquiry into the Federal
Government’s proposed site has opted to conduct hearings in
Darwin and Canberra.”

National Indigenous Times:
No sacred sites harmed by nuke dump: NLC
18 Mar 10: “A Northern Land Council (NLC) report into the
proposed Northern Territory nuclear waste dump says there
are no sacred sites involved and the traditional owners
overwhelmingly agree to its use as a nuclear repository.”


– News

National Indigenous Times:
Rudd has to make right approach to health
on Close the Gap day: Indigenous leaders
25 Mar 10: “Aboriginal leaders are calling on the Rudd
government not to take its foot off the pedal in the drive
to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The
Close the Gap coalition has organised hundreds of events in
workplaces and schools on Thursday to “celebrate” progress
in closing the life expectancy gap between black and white

ABC: Day focuses on closing Indigenous health gap
25 Mar 10: “One of the leaders of the campaign to ‘Close
the Gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage says progress has been
made over the past few years. More than 30,000 people are
expected to take part in the fourth annual national Close
the Gap Day, focusing on improving health outcomes for
Indigenous people.”

ABC: Australia starting to Close the Gap: Calma
25 Mar 10: “Campaign co-chairman Tom Calma acknowledges
there have been funding boosts for Indigenous health
services in recent years, but says more is needed. “We’re
all starting to face in the right direction and starting to
walk in the right direction,” he said.”

IBTHealth: Indigenous health must stay a top priority
25 Mar 10: “Rudd government has been called by Aboriginal
leaders, to make health improvements for Indigenous
Australians, a top priority. On Thurday, the Close the Gap
coalition, – made up of 40 health and advocacy groups – has
organized hundreds of events in schools and workplaces to
“celebrate” progress in closing the life expectancy gap
between black and white Australia.”

ABC: Indigenous issues in the spotlight
24 Mar 10: “The Berri Barmera Council is hosting an event
in Berri tomorrow as part of National Close the Gap Day,
aimed at raising awareness about Indigenous issues,
including life expectancy.”

Coff’s Coast Advocate: Pledge to close the gap
22 Mar 10: “GALAMBILA Aboriginal Health Services and Coffs
Harbour City Council are hosting a Close the Gap
information day. The Health Service staff is alarmed at the
17-year life expectancy gap between indigenous and Torres
Straight Islanders and other Australians.”

– Media Release

Greens: Govt must make Aboriginal health a top priority
to Close the Gap
25 Mar 10: “The Australian Greens believe National Close
the Gap Day is a good opportunity for the federal
government to put Aboriginal health at the centre of its
health plan for the nation, saying this must happen if we
are ever going to close the gap between Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal Australians. “Aboriginal health was
glaringly absent from this weeks’ health debate between
Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, and is also missing from the
PM’s plans to reshape the health system,” said Senator
Rachel Siewert, Greens health & Aboriginal issues

– Opinion

Medical News Today:
Closing The Indigenous Health Gap
– Time To Get It Right, Australia
25 Mar 10: “AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today that
Close the Gap Day is a timely reminder for the Government
to get active in developing a comprehensive national plan
to achieve Indigenous health equality within a generation.
Close the Gap Day is this year highlighting the urgent need
for the Government’s plan to close the Indigenous health
gap in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples.”

Online Opinion: The Gap we really need to close
25 Mar 10: “Today marks National Close the Gap day.
Thousands of Australians will come together to show support
for Closing the Gap. As we do this, and reflect on the
day’s theme “Let’s Get it Right”, we need to ask ourselves,
what does it really mean to “Close the Gap”?” Brigid Trenerry

Croakey – the Crikey health blog:
Tens of thousands predicted for Close the Gap Day events
23 Mar 10: “Strangely enough, Indigenous health didn’t
feature much, if at all, in today’s Rudd Vs Abbott debate.
Meanwhile, Thursday is National Close the Gap Day, and
thanks to Tom Calma, Co-Chair of the Close the Gap Steering
Committee, for this report.”

National Indigenous Times:
YOUR SAY: A letter to the PM
18 Mar 10: “Dear Mr Rudd, I invite you to close your own
people’s gap; the one called racism. I invite you to talk
earnestly, sincerely and effectively to them and tell them
that the racial divide in our country of Australia must and
will come to an end. … Phill Moncrieff”

National Indigenous Times:
THE BIG READ: The grass is always greener…
18 Mar 10: “After spending several months travelling around
Central Australia, CHRIS GRAHAM* is convinced that the way
to “Close the Gap” is to get rid of government.”

– Radio

CAAMA Radio News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
26 Mar 10: “Peak health bodies are calling on new services
from the Rudd Government to ‘Close the Gap’.”


– Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):

– News

Indigenous Groups Still Say No to Gov’t ‘Help’
25 Mar 10: “”We don’t want to have any part of this. We
want to move out of it so we have a bit of freedom and be
able to determine our own future,” says Richard Downs, an
elder of the Alyawarra people of central Australia.”

NT News: Success at last for troubled program
23 Mar 10: “THE troubled SIHIP program has had its first
successes on the Tiwi Islands, with three families moving
in to their new houses. The three new homes join two houses
at Wadeye as the only new houses completed in more than two
years of the $672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program.”

ABC: New cards for people on welfare restrictions
22 Mar 10: “Welfare recipients who have their payments
quarantined will not be able to spend the money unless they
have a new card by the beginning of July. Basics cards are
being used among Indigenous welfare recipients in parts of
the Northern Territory, Queensland’s Cape York and areas of
Western and South Australia.”

SMH: Not helping them back on their feet
20 Mar 10: “Many say Labor’s plan to introduce compulsory
income management will do more harm than good, writes
Adele Horin.”

National Indigenous Times:
Nothing has changed in NT: Straight Talk
18 Mar 10: “Not much has changed in Jocelyn Uibo’s remote
Northern Territory community over the past few years except
an increase in the price of milk. In fact, the 30-year-old
from the Numbulwar community in southeast Arnhem Land says
the federal intervention has stalled progress in areas like


– News

National Indigenous Times:
Court dismisses SA government appeal against Trevorrow case
22 Mar 10: “The South Australian government has been urged
to set up a scheme to compensate properly members of the
Stolen Generations after a court rejected an appeal against
the first payout. The Full Court of the Supreme Court today
unanimously dismissed the government’s appeal against the
$775,000 compensation judgment … “

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
BLACK CURRENT: Cruel intentions disguised as good
18 Mar 10: “AMY MCQUIRE* reports on how good intentions are
perhaps the most dangerous of all. … I don’t think “good
intentions” can be used to excuse policies that created the
Stolen Generations or the British child migrants. If past
Australian governments truly had the best intentions for
the welfare of these children in mind, they would have
stopped and taken time to reassess whether it was doing

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
23 Mar 10: “Maurie Ryan – Karen Dorante spoke with First
Nations Political Party Founder, Maurie Ryan. They spoke
about Aboriginal People in Political Parties, Indigenous
Rep Body and on Indigenous Affairs Issues.”
Listen to this interview on-line:

One Response to “28/03/2010: NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP; CLOSE THE GAP DAY”

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