“Muckaty Voices”: a film of resistance to nuclear waste dump plan
Senate Report into plan to establish national nuclear waste dump
Other Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump articles
Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump


Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog: Muckaty Voices
Also, YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo
9 May 10: “”Muckaty Voices” is a short film capturing
community resistance to an Australian government plan to
dump radioactive waste at Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres
north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. …
Traditional Owner and dump critic Dianne Stokes told a
Senate Inquiry in April 2010, “We made the video throughout
the Warlmanpa land. It is all of the Milwayi story. We
wanted to show this DVD to the public and the people here
in this Senate Inquiry because of the place where the
proposed dump site area is going to be sited… Along with
that, we have some songs and dances to represent the
country”. The film was produced for the Muckaty Traditional
Owners by Enlightning Productions, with the support of the
Beyond Nuclear Initiative.”


– Senate Report


– Dissenting Report by Australian Greens


– Update by Nat Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative

Indymedia Australia:
Muckaty radioactive waste bill to be voted on tomorrow
– opposition update 12 May 2010
12 May 10: “With the National Radioactive Waste Management
Bill scheduled to be voted on in the Senate on Thursday
(May 13), the campaign against a radioactive waste dump at
Muckaty, 120 kms north of Tennant Creek in the NT, is at a
very important stage and there are lots of opportunities
for people to support Traditional Owners and the Barkly
community and make this a national issue and embarrassment
for the Rudd Government.”

– Media Releases

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
Senate report increases determination to fight Muckaty nuclear dump
Also, Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/11/senate-report-increases-determination-to-fight-muckaty-nuclear-dump
12 May 10: “The Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) says a
Senate report on the National Radioactive Waste Management
Bill released on May 7 is deplorable and will invigorate
efforts to oppose a dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern
Territory. … The Legislative and Constitutional Affairs
Committee report suggests only minor alterations to the
waste dump legislation, despite strong criticism by legal
experts, the NT Chief Minister, Muckaty Traditional Owners
and the Central Land Council.”

Greens: Govt’s radioactive whitewash makes a mockery of Senate scrutiny
7 May 10: “The Federal Government has used a Labor led
Senate committee to whitewash a report into its plan to
establish Australia’s first ever national radioactive waste
dump, the Australian Greens say. “This makes a mockery of
the Senate’s role to scrutinise important legislation,”
Australian Greens nuclear spokesperson Scott Ludlam said
today. “Labor had to be dragged kicking and screaming to
actually hold an inquiry and refused to hold a hearing at
Tennant Creek, the major town near the only nominated site,
Muckaty Station. Now it’s used its Labor majority committee
to ignore the overwhelming evidence from over 230
submissions to rubber stamp its plan to impose this
controversial waste dump on an unwilling community. We are
extremely dismayed the committee chose to snub many
sensible and considered Greens suggestions to make the
report reflective of the actual evidence heard throughout
the inquiry.”

– Opinion/Analysis

Brisbane Times: Labor reneges on nuclear waste promise
13 May 10: “Before the 2007 election, federal Labor
promised a new approach to the management of radioactive
waste, characterised by international best practice, full
community consultation and consent. It promised to restore
transparency, accountability, procedural fairness and legal
redress.” Dave Sweeney

Australian Conservation Foundation:
Senate radioactive dump inquiry deeply flawed
7 May 10: “A Senate report into laws to authorise a
controversial planned nuclear waste in the Northern
Territory has failed to make any progress towards
responsible radioactive waste management in Australia, the
Australian Conservation Foundation said today. … “This
proposed legislation remains controversial and contested.
Minister Ferguson’s legislation is a bad deal, not a done
deal.” [said ACF nuclear free campaigner Dave Sweeney]”

– News

Tennant & District Times: Report paves way for Muckaty dump
14 May 10: “A SENATE inquiry report into the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill has strengthened the
Federal Government’s resolve to build a nuclear waste dump
at Muckaty. The committee, which refused to hold a hearing
in Tennant Creek, recommended the Bill should pass. Five
minor amendments were recommended.”

ABC Alice Springs: Lawyers step in as waste dump gets nod
11 May 10: “A team of solicitors will travel to Tennant
Creek today to prepare their case against the Federal
Government’s plan to build a nuclear waste dump north of
the town. The Darwin based legal team will speak to
traditional owners as part of a push to challenge the
nomination of the site at Muckaty Station. A Senate
committee has endorsed it as a suitable site for the

ABC: Senate inquiry endorses NT nuclear waste dump
7 May 10: “A Senate inquiry report has endorsed the Federal
Government’s plan to site a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty
Station in the Northern Territory. … However, the report
does recognise that there could still be a legal problem
for the Commonwealth. It says the inquiry was not able to
establish whether traditional owners had the authority to
sign the Muckaty deal, or whether other traditional owners
who oppose the dump should be recognised. It says this
should be resolved in court.”

NT News: Inquiry dumps on NT
7 May 10: “THE Senate inquiry into laws which could put a
nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory has
recommended the new legislation be passed. But the
inquiry’s report was immediately criticised as “an
unbalanced and closed-minded justification for a foregone
conclusion” by one of the committee members.”


– News

SMH: Nuclear waste site a target for terrorists, expert warns
11 May 10: “A BRITISH nuclear risk expert [John Large] has
warned that terrorists could target radioactive waste being
transported thousands of kilometres across Australia to a
proposed waste dump in the Northern Territory. … Experts
acknowledge a home-made radioactive bomb is the most likely
terrorist nuclear threat, he said.”

Australia’s Disposal Of Radioactive Waste Might Attract Terrorist
11 May 10: “A nuclear expert alarmed that terrorists might
target the nuclear wastes that gets dumped in the Northern
Territory of Australia and can use the waste for making
bombs. … The Senate committee didn’t take into account
the risk involved in transporting the waste.”

– Videos

ABC Lateline: Germany battles nuclear waste dilemma
11 May 10: “Germany has recently reversed plans to phase
out nuclear power by 2020, but is still trying to solve the
problem of what to do with nuclear waste.”

EngageMedia: From Muckaty to Melbourne
6 May 10: “As Ferguson refused to travel from his office in
Preston, Melbounre to Muckaty N.T to talk to the
Traditional owners, a few representatives from the Muckaty
community decided to pay him a visit.”

YouTube: Nuclear Waste Dump – Muckaty Update

1 May 10: “Protesters gathered outside Federal Resources
Minister Martin Ferguson’s office in Melbourne, Australia.”

– Statements by Muckaty TOs

No-Waste: Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Dump
– Proposed site profile: Muckaty Station

Click to access muckaty%20profile.pdf

“Top to bottom we got bush tucker right through the
country. Whoever is taking this waste dump into our country
needs to come back and talk to the Traditional Owners.
We’re not happy to have all of this stuff. We don’t want
it, it’s not our spirit. Our spirit is our country, our
country where our ancestors been born. Before towns, before
hospitals, before cities. We want our country to be safe”
Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner

– Photos

flickr: No Nuclear Waste Dump

No nuclear waste from Muckaty to Melbourne

30 Apr 10: “Community opposition to Martin Ferguson’s
nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station continues to grow.
About 40 people covened at short notice outside Martin
Ferguson’s electoral office on High Street Preston in a
colourful protest of speeches, song and street theatre on
30 April 2010.”


Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)

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

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump … (28 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump … (4 Apr 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)

WGAR News: … Update: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (23 Apr 10)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/22/wgar-news-raw-sewage-dumped-in-ampilatwatja-aboriginal-worker-dismissed-23-apr-10

WGAR News: Update on Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (2 May 10)

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