23/04/2010: RAW SEWERAGE DUMPED IN AMPILATWATJA – ABORIGINAL WORKER DISMISSED

Contents:
* Raw Sewage dumped in Ampilatwatja – Aboriginal worker dismissed
* Public Forum: A National call out launched by John Pilger & Richard Downs
* Update: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump
* Other NT Intervention Articles
* Other Aboriginal Articles

RAW SEWERAGE DUMPED IN AMPILATWATJA
– ABORIGINAL WORKER DISMISSED:

– Background

Melbourne Indymedia: WGAR News: … Raw sewage dumped in NT ‘prescribed community’ (18 Apr 10)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/17/wgar-news-ampilatwatja-walk-off-film-raw-sewage-dumped-in-ampilatwatja-18-apr-10

– Media Release

Rollback the Intervention: Media Releases
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
18 Apr 10: “Mark Fordham, an Aboriginal man employed until
12th April by the Barkly Shire, has been summarily
dismissed after refusing to cart raw sewage and dump it on
the Ampilatwatja tip. Contractors were subsequently hired
by the Shire to do this work, one of them subsequently
becoming ill. On the pretext of him not fulfilling his
contractual obligations, Mr Fordham was denied leave and,
after speaking out about the health risks in handling and
dumping of the raw sewage, he was dismissed and told to
vacate his house, along with his 2 young sons, with only 2
hours’ notice. The Barkly Shire has told him he needs to
seek their permission before he accesses any of their
shire communities in the future.”

– Report Back

Overland: A slippery reality
http://web.overland.org.au/2010/04/21/a-slippery-reality/
21 Apr 10: “We drove out with a video camera to film events
taking place the following day. One was a meeting that was
happening in the community, the other was evidence that the
Barkly Shire Council had dumped 3000 litres of raw sewage
in the tip. Sewerage that was still, almost a week later,
sitting there exposed to the sun and the rain. Sitting
there for the dogs to play and roll around in. Sitting
there for people to get sick, … ” Scott Foyster

– Video

ABC Alice Springs:
Council worker arrest ‘linked to sewage disposal’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/04/20/2877166.htm?site=alicesprings
20 Apr 10: “A man from Ampilatwatja, north-east of Alice
Springs, has been charged with making death threats to a
fellow employee but friends say his arrest is linked with
raising concerns over sewage disposal.”

PUBLIC FORUM: A NATIONAL CALL OUT LAUNCHED BY JOHN PILGER & RICHARD DOWNS:

Stop the Intervention:
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Friday 23 April, 2010, 6 pm:
Public Forum: The NT Intervention is a fraud
– A National call out launched by
journalist John Pilger, Sydney Peace Prize Winner 2009 and
Richard Downs, spokesperson for the Alyawarr walk-off,
Ampilatwatja NT
with Prof. Larissa Behrendt, NAIDOC Indigenous Person of
the Year 2009 and
Paul McAleer, Branch Secretary Maritime Union of
Australia, Sydney Branch.
Federation Conference Centre Auditorium,
37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills.
All welcome.
Organised by Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS).”
[includes link to poster]

UPDATE: MUCKATY STATION NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– Background

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/audio/
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/video/

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://groups.google.com.au/group/foblmail/browse_thread/thread/ddc393bb66205849

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump … (28 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/28/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-close-the-gap-day-28-mar-10

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump … (4 Apr 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/03/wgar-news-muckaty-radioactive-waste-dump-welfare-quarantining-4-apr-10

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

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump: Senate inquiry in Darwin; Nationwide protests (17 Apr 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/16/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-senate-inquiry-in-darwin-nationwide-protests-17-apr-10

– News

ABC: Nuclear dump opponents campaign in Melbourne
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/22/2879974.htm
21 Apr 10: “Some traditional owners from Muckaty Station in
the Northern Territory were in Melbourne last night to
campaign against a proposed nuclear waste dump being built
on their land. Dave Sweeney from the Australia Conservation
Foundation says a public meeting was held in the electorate
of the federal Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson.”

ABC: Brown questions nuclear dump rationale
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/21/2879186.htm
21 Apr 10: “The Greens Senator Bob Brown says a proposed
nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station is not necessary. Mr
Brown was commenting after completing a trip to Central
Australia. He says the disposal of nuclear medical waste is
the responsibility of the cities concerned.”

Green Left: Nuke dump protesters target PM’s office
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2010/834/42915
18 Apr 10: “BRISBANE – “We don’t need nuclear power”, Sam
Watson, Aboriginal community leader and Socialist Alliance
Senate candidate, told a picket against the proposed
nuclear waste dump at Muckaty in the Northern Territory,
held outside PM Kevin Rudd’s electorate office in Norman
Park on April 12.”

NT News: Gray backs Muckaty as location for nuke dump
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/04/16/140271_ntnews.html
16 Apr 10: “THE federal parliamentary secretary for
northern Australia said he supports the move to bring a
nuclear waste facility to the Territory despite concern
over the process of the selection of a site. Gary Gray said
he supported the proposed site at Muckaty because be
believed the process with traditional owners had been
fair.”

National Indigenous Times:
Nuke waste dump could face legal challenge: Newhouse
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=19694
15 Apr 10: “Traditional owners of land which has been
nominated for a proposed nuclear waste dump in the Northern
Territory are considering legal action to stop the project
going ahead. … The land was nominated by the Ngapa
traditional owners, one of a handful of family groups who
are custodians of the land. But other traditional owners
weren’t consulted, according to Sydney-based human rights
lawyer George Newhouse.”

– Opinion/Analysis

Socialist Party (Australia):
NT: Nuclear waste facility to be dumped on locals
http://www.socialistpartyaustralia.org/archives/2504
21 Apr 10: “Federal ALP Resources Minister Martin Ferguson
recently announced he intends to pursue plans for a
national radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory
(NT), despite opposition from many traditional owners. The
Liberals and National opposition have decided to support
government legislation to do this. … The Socialist Party
is opposed to nuclear power as it is an expensive and
dangerous alternative to fossil fuels.”

OTHER NT INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

– Radio

ABC Radio National – Late Night Live:
‘A Secret Country’ 20 Years On
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/latenightlive/stories/2010/2879288.htm
21 Apr 10: “‘A Secret Country’, John Pilger’s ‘countering’
history of Australia has been in continuous print since it
was first published 20 years ago. He talks about what has
and hasn’t changed about Australia since then.”
[includes lengthy comments by John Pilger on the NT
Intervention]

– Film Review

Green Left: New film about Ampilatwatja protest house
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2010/834/42932
18 Apr 10: “In February, about 20 people from Victoria and
NSW (and three from Germany), spent two weeks constructing
a protest house with the people of Ampilatwatja. Actively
Radical TV, a Sydney community-based video group, went to
document the building of the protest house. … This film
tells the story of the building of the protest house. It
features interviews with unionists and activists that
worked together on the project.”

– News

Northern Territory News:
Angry Macklin investigates SIHIP gouging accusations
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/04/21/141481_ntnews.html
21 Apr 10: “INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has
put on notice one of the major business partners charged
with building Aborigines new and renovated homes in the
Northern Territory and vowed to dump any elements of the
indigenous housing program that are fai”

National Indigenous Times:
Former NT Chief slams income management scheme
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=19695
15 Apr 10: “A peak welfare group has slammed the federal
government’s attempt to roll out a controversial aspect of
the Northern Territory intervention to the rest of the
nation. … Chief executive of the Australian Council of
Social Service Clare Martin, also the former chief minister
of the NT, said that was a heavy-handed, unfair approach.”

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Times: New Zealand endorses UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=19701
20 Apr 10: “New Zealand has endorsed the UN Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but the support comes
with caveats.”

Green Left: Sam Watson for Senate:
‘We will not compromise our principles’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2010/834/42924
18 Apr 10: “Sam Watson is a Murri leader and the Socialist
Alliance Senate candidate for Queensland in the upcoming
federal election. He told Green Left Weekly’s Jim McIlroy
about the main issues facing Aboriginal people in the
lead-up to the election.”

National Indigenous Times:
20,000 commitments, 1200 in work: Covenant CEO
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=19696
15 Apr 10: “A lauded Indigenous employment scheme announced
in 2008 has only placed 1200 Aboriginal jobseekers in work,
despite amassing a total of 20,000 commitments from
employers.”


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