17/04/2010: NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP: SENATE INQUIRY IN DARWIN; NATIONWIDE PROTESTS

Contents:
Nuclear Waste Dump:
* Darwin Senate inquiry on National Radioactive Waste Management Bill
* Nationwide protests against nuclear waste dump at Muckaty NT
* Muckaty Traditional Owners in Melbourne on April 21
* Other Muckaty Articles

NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– Background of Muckaty Nuclear Waste Dump

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

WGAR News: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (20 Mar 10)
http://wgar.info/2010/03/20/20032010-muckaty-station-nuclear-waste-dump/

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump … (28 Mar 10)
http://wgar.info/2010/03/28/28032010-nuclear-waste-dump-close-the-gap-day/

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump … (4 Apr 10)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/04042010-muckaty-radioactive-waste-dump-welfare-quarantining/

WGAR News: National day of action against Muckaty nuclear waste dump: 12th April!
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/10/wgar-news-national-day-of-action-against-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-12th-april

* DARWIN SENATE INQUIRY ON NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT BILL:

– Media Release

Greens: Muckaty radioactive waste plan must be dumped
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/muckaty-radioactive-waste-plan-must-be-dumped-greens
12 Apr 10: “The Federal Government has no alternative but
to scrap the nomination of Muckaty Station, near Tennant
Creek, as a site for Australia’s first ever radioactive
waste dump following evidence heard at a Senate inquiry in
Darwin, according to the Australian Greens. “Today we heard
first hand accounts of just how flawed the process was that
led to Muckaty’s nomination,” said Senate Committee Member
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam. “Numerous Traditional Owners
outlined how they and their people were completely excluded
from the shared decision making process which is the norm
in Aboriginal custom on issues to do with kinship of land.”

– Opinion/Analysis

New Matilda: Labor Lied About Nuclear Waste
http://newmatilda.com/2010/04/16/labor-lied-about-nuclear-waste
16 Apr 10: “The tension was evident at Monday’s Senate
committee hearing in Darwin. … Elders from the Ngapa,
Milwayi, Ngarrka, Yapayapa and Wirntiku clans travelled to
Darwin to reject the Government’s claim that any one person
has the exclusive rights to say yes or no to the waste
dump.” Scott Ludlam

– News

Tennant & District Times: Inquiry hears from Muckaty owners
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/inquiry-hears-from-muckaty-owners/1804955.aspx
16 Apr 10: “TRADITIONAL owners of Muckaty told a Senate
Inquiry held in Darwin on Monday they had not given
permission to build a nuclear waste facility on their land.
Dianne Stokes, one of several traditional owners who spoke
at the Inquiry said she, and others, had been excluded from
Northern Land Council meetings where the deal was
discussed.”

New Matilda: Labor’s Nuclear-Powered Steamroller
http://newmatilda.com/2010/04/15/labors-nuclearpowered-steamroller
15 Apr 10: “On Monday, the Senate inquiry into the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 held its final
hearing in Darwin. The inquiry has been underway since
September and is expected to deliver its recommendations by
the end of the month. Those recommendations are not
expected to favour the proposed dump site at Muckaty
Station near Tennant Creek. But the Bill may be passed
anyway, … ” Jennifer Mills

Age: Terrorist fears over NT nuclear dump site
http://www.theage.com.au/national/terrorist-fears-over-nt-nuclear-dump-site-20100413-s7nq.html
14 Apr 10: “TERRORIST groups could target radioactive
material being transported to a proposed nuclear waste dump
in a remote part of central Australia, the Northern
Territory Government has warned. And security agencies in
northern Australia do not have the expertise or equipment
to securely store or respond to accidents involving the
transportation of radioactive material, … “

SMH: Clans challenge plan for N-waste dump
http://www.smh.com.au/national/clans-challenge-plan-for-nwaste-dump-20100412-s43o.html
13 Apr 10: “A FEDERAL government proposal to build a
nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory faces a fresh
challenge from Aboriginal land owners who claim their
“dreaming” and traditional laws overlap the nominated site.
… In a submission to a Senate committee yesterday, elders
from the Ngapa, Milwayi, Ngarrka, Yapayapa and Wirntiku
clans rejected a claim by the Northern Land Council … ”

NT News: Consent ‘not given’ by Muckaty land owners
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/04/13/139011_ntnews.html
13 Apr 10: “THE deal to build a nuclear waste dump at
Muckaty Station in the NT Outback was done without the
consent of many affected by the decision, a Senate Inquiry
was told yesterday. Muckaty Land Trust member Diane Stokes
was one of many traditional owners who travelled from
Tennant Creek to Darwin for the hearing.”

ABC: Nuke dump nomination process divisive: Greens
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/13/2871117.htm?section=justin
13 Apr 10: “It is clear something went wrong in the
consultation process regarding the nomination of Muckaty
Station as a nuclear waste dump, the Greens Senator Scott
Ludlam says. A Senate inquiry into the Federal Government’s
proposed Radioactive Waste Management Bill wrapped up its
public hearings in Darwin yesterday.”

ABC: NT unfairly singled out over nuke dump: Henderson
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/12/2870645.htm
12 Apr 10: “The Chief Minister has told a Senate inquiry
the Commonwealth is forcing a nuclear waste dump on the
Northern Territory by using a constitutional weakness. …
The Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, has told the inquiry
the Territory has been unfairly singled out to house the
dump.”

Canberra Times: NT clans, MPs oppose N-dump
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/nt-clans-mps-oppose-ndump/1799912.aspx
12 Apr 10: “A proposed nuclear waste dump near Tennant
Creek, in the Northern Territory, is being approved by the
Rudd Government despite a majority locals opposing it,
traditional owners will tell a Senate inquiry in Darwin
today. And fears are growing that the dump, at Muckaty
Station, about 120km from Tennant Creek, could close the
cattle industry in the area, hurt tourism and damage
biodiversity.”

ABC Darwin: Wood blocked from airing nuke dump views
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/12/2870247.htm?site=darwin&section=news
12 Apr 10: “Independent MLA Gerry Wood says he has been
silenced by the Senate Committee examining a proposed
nuclear waste facility in the Northern Territory. …
Traditional owners of the site proposed for a nuclear waste
dump near Tennant Creek are today expected to tell the
Senate Inquiry that their opposition was ignored when the
site was nominated.”

* NATIONWIDE PROTESTS AGAINST NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP AT MUCKATY NT:

– Report back

Overland: Mucking up at Muckaty
http://web.overland.org.au/2010/04/14/mucking-up-at-muckaty/
14 Apr 10: “Close to one hundred people were gathered
outside Parliament House in Darwin this April afternoon –
traditional owners from Muckaty Station, activists from
Alice Springs and Darwin, a woman who’d helped defeat the
waste dump proposal in South Australia, unionists, two
politicians and concerned citizens. The reason for the
gathering, aside from showing opposition to the nuclear
waste dump at Muckaty Station, was the senate inquiry
taking place inside Parliament House … ” Rohan Wightman
[includes photos]

– Photos

ASEN – Australian Student Environment Network:
Sydney – National Day of Action against Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump
http://asen.org.au/news/2010/04/13/sydney-national-day-of-action-against-muckaty-radioactive-waste-dump/
13 Apr 10: “Monday 12th April marked a National Day of
Action against the Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump and for
Sydney that meant a message needed to be sent to and heard
by Peter Garrett! … Sydney ASEN crew with Friends of the
Earth Sydney created a delicious radioactive waste dump
outside of Peter Garrett’s office to show what it felt like
to have nasty nuclear waste on his front door.”

– Video

EngageMedia: No Dump at Muckaty – Melbourne, 12 April 2010
http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/pc/videos/muckaty-nda-12april10_transcoded.avi/view
14 Apr 10: “Footage from Melbourne’s contribution to a
National Day of Action against the nuclear waste dump due
to be forced on the people of the Northern Territory … On
the day a Senate enquiry into the plan was due to start in
Darwin, Friends of the Earth’s Anti-nuclear and Clean
Energy Collective (ACE) and ASEN (Australian Student
Environment Network) joined forces in a loud and colourful
event … “

– Media Release

Tasmanian Times: Tasmanians support Muckaty Traditional Owners
http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/tasmanians-support-muckaty-traditional-owners/
12 Apr 10: “Today at 12pm concerned Tasmanians will create
a mock nuclear waste dump in Franklin Square Hobart to
highlight the real threat of the proposed Federal ALP
nuclear waste repository in the Northern Territory. The
protest is part of a national day of action coinciding with
a senate inquiry hearing in Darwin on the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill (NRWMB) that seeks to
impose a radioactive waste dump at Muckaty station, 120
kilometres north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.
“The Hobart action stands in solidarity with the vast
majority of Muckaty Traditional owners who have been
opposing the plan to dump dangerous nuclear waste on their
country since it was first proposed.” commented media
spokesman Brett Thompson.”

– News

NT News: Protesters demand end to nuclear waste dump plan
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/04/13/139021_ntnews.html
13 Apr 10: “ABOUT 80 people opposed to a radioactive waste
dump at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek protested
yesterday in front of the Northern Land Council and
Parliament House. Muckaty Land Trust member and Yapa Yapa
elder Diane Stokes led the protest. She challenged the
Ngapa people who approved the deal to prove their culture
through dance and ceremony.”

ABC: Nuclear dump protesters target NT Parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/12/2870362.htm
12 Apr 10: “Protesters have gathered at Parliament House in
Darwin to lobby against the Commonwealth’s plans to set up
a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory. The protest
comes as a Senate inquiry is about to hear evidence in
Darwin from traditional owners who are against the dump.
… Protesters are calling on the inquiry to travel to
Tennant Creek and talk to the people directly affected.”

Koori Mail: Muckaty protest outside Senate inquiry
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
12 Apr 10: “A NATIONAL Day of Action is underway today as
protests continue against the nomination of Muckaty Station
near Tennant Creek in the NT as the site for a possible
nuclear waste dump. Some Ngapa traditional owners have
supported such a dump but others are opposed and joined a
protest rally in Darwin, where a Senate inquiry hearing
into related legislation is currently underway.”

Age: Protesters hit out at nuclear waste dump plan
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/protesters-hit-out-at-nuclear-waste-dump-plan-20100412-s2s2.html
12 Apr 10: “Melburnians have joined a nationwide protest
against Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson’s plans
for a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty, in the Northern
Territory. Protesters gathered at Parliament House today
before walking to Federation Square where they announced
their preferred site for the waste dump – Mr Ferguson’s
backyard.”

QUT News: Nuclear protest targets PM
http://www.qutnews.com/2010/04/12/nuclear-protest-targets-pm/
12 Apr 10: “Nuclear protesters delivered a radioactive
message to Kevin Rudd’s electoral office in Brisbane today.
The group is fighting against a Bill, which proposes
dumping Nuclear Waste on Aboriginal Lands in the Northern
Territory. … Armed with mock waste barrel and a letter
from the traditional owners of the Land, the group had a
message for the Prime Minister: How would you like it?”
[includes video]

* MUCKATY TRADITIONAL OWNERS IN MELBOURNE ON APRIL 21:

– Event

Friends of the Earth Melbourne:
Muckaty Traditional Owners in Melbourne on April 21
http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/?q=node/709
“Traditional Owners fighting Martin Ferguson’s plan to dump
nuclear waste on their land in the Northern Territory will
be in Melbourne on April 21. Please come to this public
meeting to hear their story and to find out what we can do
to support them.
Information evening, photo exhibition, film screening.”

* OTHER MUCKATY ARTICLES:

– Report back

Overland: The land is in our heart and in our minds
http://web.overland.org.au/2010/04/12/the-land-is-in-our-heart-and-in-our-minds/
12 Apr 10: “The next morning we went to the rally. We met
outside the Northern Land Council (NLC) building and after
a welcome and a few words from Muckaty Traditional owner
Diane Stokes, the 250-strong contingent of Traditional
Owners, Tennant and Territory residents, nuclear-free
campaigners from around the country, children and dogs
marched down the main street shouting slogans ‘no dump at
Muckaty’ and ‘don’t dump on the NT’.” Scott Foyster

– Article and Slideshow

ACF – Australian Conservation Foundation:
‘No Muckaty radioactive waste dump’ gathering and protest
http://www.acfonline.org.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=2779
13 Apr 10: “However, many local Aboriginal people with the
authority to speak for the land either actively oppose or
have not been adequately consulted about the controversial
plan and the deal struck between a this group, the Northern
Land Council and the Commonwealth remains secret. The
Muckaty story is one of broken promises, secret deals,
confidential documents and the profound abuse of process.”

– Photos

Flickr: beyondnuclearinitiative’s photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/42376368@N02/
Uploaded 15 Apr 10

– Radio

104.1 Territory FM:
Proposed Nuclear Waste Site at Muckaty station
http://www.territoryfm.com/podcasts/proposed-nuclear-waste-site-muckaty-station
12 Apr 10: “Daryl Manzie talks to Chief Minister Hon. Paul
Henderson about the current federal proposal for a Nuclear
Waste Dump at Muckaty station.”

– News

ABC: Right owners consulted on nuke dump: Ferguson
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/12/2870739.htm?section=justin
12 Apr 10: “The Federal Resources Minister says there is no
doubt the right traditional owners were consulted over the
prospect of their land being used to host a nuclear waste
dump in the Northern Territory.”


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