16/03/2011 Federal Court challenge over nuclear dump resumes in August

* Federal Court legal challenge over
Muckaty nuclear waste dump resumes in August
* More on the blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers
* More on ‘racist’ Alice Springs TV advertisement
* Other Muckaty nuclear waste dump articles
* Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention


– News

ABC: Legal battle over nuclear dump to resume in August
1 Mar 11: “A legal battle over the nominated site for
Australia’s first nuclear waste facility looks set to
continue for months. Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek is
the only site nominated by the Federal Government for
Australia’s first nuclear waste dump. A traditional owner
is trying to challenge the nomination, arguing that not all
of the relevant people were consulted. A mediation session
on Friday failed to resolve the case and the Federal Court
has listed it for further mediation in August.”

9 News: NT landowners fight radioactive dump
1 Mar 11: “Aboriginal landowners say they will continue
their fight to stop Australia’s first radioactive waste
dump being set up on their land. They’ve again implored
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson to visit Muckaty
Station, near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, who
has so far turned down repeated invitations. …
Meanwhile, his [Mark Lane Jangala] legal challenge in the
Federal Court – launched on behalf of himself and other
senior elders – is due to return in August.”


See: WGAR News: Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers are staging a blockade

– News

Bairnsdale Advertiser: ‘We’re being dictated to’
11 Mar 11: “On Tuesday, a group of female residents of Lake
Tyers Aboriginal Trust blockaded the road to Lake Tyers,
saying they would prevent the passage of any persons or
government representatives until their voice was heard and
claims resolved. … “We are sick of the Northern Territory
style intervention imposed on us,” spokesperson for the
group, Ms Edwards, said. “Our elders who fought for the
land so that Aboriginal people could have a home to call
our own, was to be handed back in 1970 as freehold title to
the Aboriginal people after a long struggle.” “We now are
in 2011 and once again are being dictated by a government
whose policies on us have once again failed,” she said.”

ABC: Women stage blockade at Lake Tyers Trust
8 Mar 11: “Women from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust in
East Gippsland have staged a blockade to protest against
Government intervention. The Lake Tyers settlement is on an
isolated property east of Lakes Entrance and was awarded to
the Aboriginal people in 1970. The Labor state government
stepped in about eight years ago and appointed new
administrators to the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust. About 10
women from the settlement have blockaded the dirt access
road today turning away everyone except health services and
the school bus.”


See: WGAR News: Complaint against ‘racist’ Alice Springs TV ads

See also: WGAR News: More on ‘racist’ Alice Springs TV advertisement
[scroll down page]

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left: Alice Springs: Ugly racism on show in TV ad
13 Mar 11: “Aboriginal country musician Warren H Williams
has launched legal action against Action for Alice’s
advertisement, saying it was racist. “I have never
encountered anything like the unjust portrayal and
vilification demonstrated by these advertisements,”
Williams said on March 3. “Many Aboriginal peoples have
seen these advertisements and feel they have been unjustly
represented. A serious repercussion of these
advertisements is the effect on self-esteem and self-worth,
further fuelling a deterioration in the mental health of
Indigenous peoples, particularly our youth. There is enough
segregation within our society between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous people … these advertisements just wedge
that gap open even further.”” Peter Robson


– Media Releases

Scott Ludlam: Greens fight to give Northern Territory
say in nuclear waste dump plan
3 Mar 11: “The Australian Greens will move an amendment to
the national radioactive waste dump legislation, seeking
consent from the Northern Territory Assembly before moving
to dump radioactive waste in the Territory.
“The proposal to dump radioactive waste highlights the fact
that the Northern Territory does not have the same rights
to determine its own affairs as the states,” Australian
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said.
“The Commonwealth knows very well that it would be more
difficult to force the radioactive dump on a State, and
that is one reason it is targeting the Territory. …
Debate on the radioactive waste dump legislation has begun
in the Senate, and will resume when Parliament resumes
later in March.”

Scott Ludlam: Radioactive waste authority must be
stripped from Minister Ferguson
1 Mar 11: “The Australian Greens have urged the Government
to strip responsibility for radioactive waste management
from Resources Minister Martin Ferguson.
Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott
Ludlam said nuclear waste had been in the jurisdiction of
successive science ministers for decades before the
“extremely unorthodox” decision of the Government to place
it in the hands of the resources minister after the 2007
“This responsibility was mysteriously transferred from the
science portfolio, where it had been for decades, to the
resources and energy portfolio, where there was no
expertise whatsoever. The results are clear to see –
irresponsible decisions made with totally inadequate
consultation with affected parties,” he said.”

– Speech

Greens MPs: Taking note of answers to questions on notice
about nuclear waste
2 Mar 11: “The first question I put, regarding the
establishment of a radioactive waste facility at Muckaty
Station in the Northern Territory, related to
recommendation 1 of the inquiry of the Standing Committee
on Legal and Constitutional Committee into the provisions
of the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010,
which I believe will shortly be before the Senate.
Recommendation 1 said that before this project goes ahead,
if indeed it ever does, the minister should as soon as
possible meet with the affected parties. That does not
sound too controversial to me.” Spokesperson Scott Ludlam

– Video

Greens MPs: Take Note – Radioactive waste dump at Muckaty
1 Mar 11: “After a dismissive response from the government
to his Question Without Notice on the lack of consultation
with the traditional owners of the proposed site for the
radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, Senator Ludlam let his
feelings be known.”

YouTube: Kylie and Kelisha at “Music for Muckaty” 25 Feb 2011
2 Mar 11: “Muckaty women Kylie Sambo and Kelisha Green were
in Melbourne for their debut performance at “Music for
Muckaty”, a fundraiser for the Muckaty anti-waste dump
campaign, on Friday 25 February. Earlier, Kylie delivered a
copy of her award-winning song “Muckaty” to Energy and
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson’s office … “

YouTube: Muckaty Voices
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. … The
film was produced for the Muckaty Traditional Owners by
Enlightning Productions [Eleanor Gilbert], with the support
of the Beyond Nuclear Initiative.”

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Furphies abound in Ferguson’s nuclear agenda
2 Mar 11: “As Resources Minister Martin Ferguson pushes
Australia into a new future of expanding uranium exports to
southern Asia and pushes nuclear power back onto the
political agenda, the public will have to be duped into
accepting the reality of nuclear waste dumps on Australian
soil. Ferguson has been selling his contentious National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill on the false notion that
such a dump, to be developed at Muckaty Station in the
Northern Territory, is in the community interest as a
repository for Australia’s nuclear medicine waste.”
Dr Peter Karamoskos and James Norman

– News

Tennant and District Times:
Melbournites wooed by anti-nuke at Muckaty song
11 Mar 11: “TWO girls who took a stand against the proposed
nuclear waste dump at Muckaty were the highlight of a
benefit concert in Melbourne recently. Kylie Sambo and
Kelisha Green sang Music for Muckaty, a hip hop song which
was penned by Kylie. The concert was organised by Friends
of the Earth to raise money for protest action to prevent
the dump from going ahead at Muckaty, 120 kilometres north
of Tennant Creek.”

Tennant and District Times:
Traditional owner takes fight to TV
4 Mar 11: “A TRADITIONAL owner from the Barkly has met with
some of the country’s most powerful politicians in his bid
to stop the nuclear waste dump from being built at Muckaty
Station. Mark Lang Jangala spent the start of this week
lobbying policy-makers at Federal Parliament in Canberra.
… In an interview with former Tennant Times reporter and
now NITV/Sky News video journalist Daniel Bourchier, Mr
Lane Jangala said that the government had ignored the
concerns of the great majority of stakeholders from the

Eco Voice: Gillard paves way for radioactive waste
to be dumped on unwilling communities
4 Mar 11: “Western Australia’s peak environment group has
condemned new laws that have been pushed through Federal
Parliament that pave the way for radioactive waste dumps
to be imposed on local communities. … Conservation
Council Director Piers Verstegen said “This appalling
legislation cannot be sugar-coated. It is intended to do
one thing and that is to remove the rights of Australian
communities to oppose the location of radioactive waste
dumps in their backyards.”

NT News: Brown’s new bill to boost NT’s power
2 Mar 11: “THE Federal Labor and Greens parties are
supporting a Bill that would strengthen the power of the
NT. The Private Member’s Bill, which Greens Party leader
Senator Bob Brown will propose tomorrow, would enable the
NT, ACT and Norfolk Island to make laws without the
possibility of being overruled by Federal Parliament.”


Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: Muckaty

Proposed Radioactive Waste Dump at Muckaty, NT
Briefing Paper – February 2011
Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.), PhD
National nuclear campaigner – Friends of the Earth, Australia
Friends of the Earth:

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News

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]

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

WGAR News: “Muckaty Voices” film; Senate Report into nuclear waste
dump plan (16 May 10)

WGAR News: Federal Court legal challenge over nuclear waste dump (13 Jun 10)

WGAR News: PM Gillard: No change on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (12 Jul 10)

WGAR News: Legislation passes enabling a nuclear waste dump to be
built at Muckaty, NT (1 Mar 11)


– News

NT News: White hot anger over welfare grab
15 Mar 11: “HUNDREDS of non-indigenous Territorians are
bombarding Centrelink with complaints after having their
welfare money “managed”. The Federal Government has
extended “quarantining” to all Territorians and now holds
back half of all payments. Centrelink uses the money to pay
essential bills, such as childcare fees. Welfare recipients
who don’t think they should have their fortnightly money
managed must make a special case to Centrelink. One woman
said: “We have to prove that we’re not going to spend all
the money on grog and smokes.””


Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response

‘concerned Australians’:

Defending Indigenous Rights:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):

Jobs with Justice:

Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective:

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) – NT intervention:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):

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