10/05/2011 NT nuclear waste dump plans contested

Contents:
* NT nuclear waste dump plans contested
* Background to Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Interview with Walpiri man Ned Hargraves on the
NT Intervention
* Speech by Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw on the
NT Intervention
* Video: Lake Tyers fight for rights to self-determination
* Background to blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers
* More on Tracker, the Aboriginal rights-based magazine
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles

NT NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP PLANS CONTESTED:

– News

SMH: Ownership of nuclear waste site disputed
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/ownership-of-nuclear-waste-site-disputed-20110508-1ee9k.html
9 May 11: “DOCUMENTS unearthed in the National Archives
challenge the Gillard government’s push to build a nuclear
waste dump on disputed Aboriginal land near Tennant Creek,
lawyers say. Martin Hyde, a senior associate of the law
firm Maurice Blackburn, says the discovery of documents
showing that one Aboriginal family group does not
exclusively own the land raises serious questions about the
nomination of the site by the Northern Land Council. “This
is vital information for the case,” said Mr Hyde.”

Age: NT nuclear dump plans face fresh challenge
http://www.theage.com.au/national/nt-nuclear-dump-plans-face-fresh-challenge-20110508-1eeco.html
9 May 11: “Yesterday, Aborigines who oppose building the
dump on Muckaty and environmentalists from around
Australia staged a symbolic blocking of a bridge near
Tennant Creek to signal that they would blockade the site
if the dump was built there. … Despite opposition from
the Greens, the bill appears certain to pass because the
Coalition supports the legislation.”

ABC Rural:
Indigenous groups protest nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2011/s3211475.htm?site=&source=rss
9 May 11: “Aborigines and environmentalists opposed to the
dump staged a protest last weekend blocking a bridge near
Tennant Creek with a seven-metre high inflatable drum
marked ‘radioactive’. The National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill will go to the Senate this week and, if
passed, will allow the government to build the dump. The
bill has already passed the lower house and has
bi-partisan support. Traditional owners have begun a
challenge to the dump in the Federal Court.”

ABC Darwin:
Palmerston Mayor nuclear fallout with Federal Government
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/05/09/3211495.htm
9 May 11: “The Mayor of Palmerston has strong concerns over
the transportation of radioactive nuclear waste from Darwin
Port through his community. The proposed nuclear waste dump
at Muckaty Station is around 800 kilometres south-east of
Palmerston, yet Palmerston Mayor Robert McLeod is very
concerned about its impact. If the dump site goes ahead,
radioactive waste from other states and overseas is likely
to be transported through Palmerston in the dead of night.”

ABC: NLC disputes nuclear waste dump claims
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/09/3211354.htm?section=justin
9 May 11: “The Northern Land Council (NLC) says claims
disputing the traditional ownership of the Northern
Territory site nominated for a nuclear waste dump are
“misplaced”. … But lawyers for Aboriginal clans opposed
to the project say they have documents showing the subgroup
does not have exclusive ownership of the site, about 100
kilometres north of Tennant Creek. … Meanwhile, the
Greens say more than 100 people protested yesterday in
Tennant Creek against the nuclear waste dump.”

Brisbane Times: Nuclear debate shrouded in budget cloud
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/nuclear-debate-shrouded-in-budget-cloud-20110509-1efg7.html
9 May 11: “The Australian Greens have accused Labor of
trying to hide a probably heated Senate debate on nuclear
waste behind the smokescreen of the 2011 federal budget.
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said legislation to set up
Australia’s first nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station,
near Tennant Creek, was listed for debate in the Senate on
Tuesday, when the federal budget will be handed down.
“It’s a sign that the government’s got something to hide
… it’s curious timing,” he told AAP. “It’s nasty
scheduling. … “

9 News: NT nuclear waste dump plan forges ahead
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8246023/wa-nuclear-waste-dump-plan-forges-ahead
7 May 11: “A federal government plan to dump nuclear waste
on Aboriginal land is set to be debated in Parliament, as a
legal battle over the site continues in court. … But
traditional owners have launched legal action against the
proposal, claiming they were not properly consulted about
the nomination. … Protestors from across Australia are
expected to flock to Tennant Creek tomorrow to join
traditional owners in rallying against the plan ahead of
Tuesday’s debate.”

– Related News

Government News: Nuclear debate heats up behind closed doors
http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2011/05/06/article/Nuclear-debate-heats-up-behind-closed-doors/NISIWAJBUY.html
6 May 11: “According to Bob Hawke the greatest contribution
Australia could make to the nuclear cycle would be to take
the world’s nuclear waste. The former prime minister made
the statement during the ‘Reflections on the
Australia-United States Alliance’ conference, held at the
United States Studies Centre – University of Sydney. Mr
Hawke said the world’s safest geological locations for
deposits of nuclear waste were in North West Australia and
the Northern Territory.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Independent Australia:
Plans for Australia to become world’s nuclear waste dump
http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/politics/australia-open-for-nuclear-sewage-business/
18 Apr 11: “Despite the Fukushima disaster, Alexander
Downer has come out in support of Australia storing the
world’s nuclear waste. Sandi Keane looks at the secret
plans developed by John Howard and George W. Bush to turn
Australia into the world’s radioactive waste dump, with
healthy profits for all. Is this how Tony Abbott plans to
pay for “direct action” on climate change?”

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: Muckaty:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/muckaty/

YouTube: Muckaty Voices:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

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: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/nontdump/Dump%20briefing%20Feb%202011.pdf

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News:
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste

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

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)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/02052010-update-on-muckaty-station-nuclear-waste-dump/

WGAR News: “Muckaty Voices” film; Senate Report into nuclear waste dump plan (16 May 10)
https://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/16/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)
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/2010-June/002933.html

WGAR News: PM Gillard: No change on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (12 Jul 10)
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/2010-July/002965.html

WGAR News: Legislation passes enabling a nuclear waste dump to be built at Muckaty, NT (1 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/01/wgar-news-legislation-passes-enabling-a-nuclear-waste-dump-to-be-built-at-muckaty-nt

WGAR News: Federal Court challenge over nuclear dump resumes in August (16 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

WGAR News: Interview with Kylie Sambo, Mark Lane and Dr. Jim Green about Muckaty nuclear waste dump (21 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: Nuclear waste legislation must wait until objections heard in Federal Court (23 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

WGAR News: Aboriginal groups protest against nuclear waste dump (26 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/26/wgar-news-police-used-to-break-blockade-by-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers

WGAR News: Crisis in Japan and Muckaty Nuclear Waste Dump (2 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/02/wgar-news-online-petition-about-aboriginal-workers-exploited-under-sihip-housing-program

WGAR News: Muckaty Traditional Owners speak out (14 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/14/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incarceration-rates

WGAR News: Help Stop the Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump – May 7-8 (24 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/24/wgar-news-two-urgent-petitions-on-the-nt-intervention-sign-by-early-may-2011

WGAR News: “Keep the poison out of Muckaty” – community rally on May 7, 2011 (30 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/30/wgar-news-keep-the-poison-out-of-muckaty-community-rally-on-may-7-2011

INTERVIEW WITH WALPIRI MAN NED HARGRAVES ON THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Ned Hargraves on CAAMA radio
http://caama.com.au/17110
5 May 11: “Walpiri man Ned Hargraves tells CAAMA radio
about how his people continue to struggle with the Northern
Territory Intervention.”

SPEECH BY ABORIGINAL ACTIVIST BARBARA SHAW ON THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Stick Together | 9 May 2011
[download program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-05-08-37725.mp3
9 May 11: “Indigenous workers rights in the Northern
Territory; casualisation and current attacks on working
conditions; the Australian working Census and a message of
international solidarity – hear from five different
speakers in Melbourne and Brisbane at the 2011 May Day
Celebrations.”

VIDEO: LAKE TYERS FIGHT FOR RIGHTS TO SELF-DETERMINATION:

– Video

Living Black on SBS: Loss of Trust
http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/livingblack/about/page/i/1/h/Coming-Up/
8 May 11: “Members of the Lake Tyres Aborignal community
are calling for the Victorian Government to restore the
limited autonomy they enjoyed up until 2005. Those rights
were removed due to mismanagement. Community members have
likened their situation to the Northern Territory
intervention, and want to run their own affairs again.”

– Commentary

Living Black on SBS: Loss of Trust
http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/livingblack/blog/single/ID/123596/Loss-of-Trust?cid=23226
5 May 11: “In March this year a blockade was set up to
protest against Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, or AAV, for
imposing an administrator to manage the community’s
affairs. … “Basically we’re fighting for our rights to
self-determination so that we can govern ourselves… and we
can run our own affairs. We don’t need white men dictating
to us all the time telling us what we can and can’t do,”
said Leanne Edwards. What happens next is anyone’s guess,
but the Koori grapevine says the blockade will return.”

BACKGROUND TO BLOCKADE BY ABORIGINAL WOMEN OF LAKE TYERS:

WGAR News: Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers are staging a blockade (12 Mar 11)
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/03/12/wgar-news-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers-are-staging-a-blockade

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (16 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

WGAR News: Protest blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women continues (21 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women (23 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

WGAR News: Police used to break blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (26 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/26/wgar-news-police-used-to-break-blockade-by-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers

WGAR News: Interview with Lake Tyers Women’s spokesperson, Leanne Edwards (7 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/07/wgar-news-updates-on-nt-intervention-deaths-in-custody-lake-tyers-and-native-title

WGAR News: Interview with Leanne Edwards from Lake Tyres Aboriginal community (14 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/14/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incarceration-rates

MORE ON TRACKER, THE ABORIGINAL RIGHTS-BASED MAGAZINE:

The Tracker magazine: http://www.thetracker.com.au

– Media Release

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council:
Tracker Magazine is here! NSWALC celebrates the launch of
groundbreaking Aboriginal magazine
http://www.alc.org.au/newsroom/media-releases/tracker-magazine-is-here.aspx
28 Apr 11: “NSWALC Chairwoman, Bev Manton, says Tracker
will be an important message stick for Aboriginal people
around the nation. “We have several forms of Aboriginal
journalism around the country, but the NSW Aboriginal Land
Council believed a gap currently exists,” Cr Manton said.
“We need a strong, campaigning magazine to look hard at
the issues affecting our people, and ensure government and
mainstream media are held to account. We need a space to
correct the frequent misreporting and misunderstandings
aired through the mainstream media.””

– Video

YouTube: Tracker Magazine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56FvzQUwfMg
27 Apr 11: “Tracker Magazine launch video prepared for the
New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council State Conference.
Exploring the nuts and bolts of Australia’s first rights
based Aboriginal journal.”

– Audio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
20 Apr 11: “Chris Graham: Tiga Bayles spoke with Chris
Graham Managing Editor of Tracker Magazine, former editor
and founder of the National Indigenous Times newspaper and
former Journalist for the New South Whales Aboriginal Land
Council. They spoke about the new Tracker Magazine.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-04-20-71151.mp3

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert: One-sided approach will not fix problem
drinking in the Territory
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/one-sided-approach-will-not-fix-problem-drinking-territory
7 May 11: “The Australian Greens are concerned that newly
passed alcohol laws in the Northern Territory focus on only
one side of the problem – by getting tough on drinkers
while ignoring the rivers of cheap grog that flow through
the NT.
“I am wary of focusing too much on drinkers and not enough
on restricting supply,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian
Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal Issues said today.
“The Northern Territory has the highest per capita rates
of alcohol consumption in Australia, and some of the
highest in the world. This is in great part because of the
huge number of licensed premises, many of which are
inappropriate,” said Senator Siewert.”

– News

ABC: Fears remote communities missing out on housing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/09/3211766.htm
9 May 11: “The chief executive of the Central Desert Shire
says local councillors are concerned that funds allocated
to housing by the Territory and Federal Governments are
only being funnelled to so-called growth towns. Roydon
Robertson says he has written letters to all government
members connected to the issue. He says he hopes the
politicians will see that other towns are just as in need
of appropriate housing. Mr Robertson says some communities
are being completely overlooked.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/federal-opposition-leader-tony-abbott-on-caama
3 May 11: “Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott visited
Alice Springs last week, meeting with traditional land
owners to discuss the many issues facing Aboriginal people
in Central Australia. We caught up with Mr Abbott before he
returned to Canberra. He speaks to CAAMA Radio’s Nerida
Currey on Strong Voices.”

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

Treaty Republic – Northern Territory Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/Northern%20Territory%20Intervention

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

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Defending Indigenous Rights:
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

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

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
http://wgar.info/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– News

BBC: Australia’s Aboriginal suicide rate sparks concern
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13330312
9 May 11: “The Australian government is to fund emergency
measures to help combat suicide in Aboriginal communities
in the remote Kimberley region. It has seen a sharp
increase in the number of indigenous people taking their
own lives. Young Aborigines are four times more likely to
commit suicide than their non-indigenous counterparts. A
special summit is to bring together politicians, social
workers, and community elders in July. In the Kimberley
region of Western Australia there has been a cluster of
deaths, and many more cases of self-harm.”

ABC: Filling a blank page on the Kimberley emergency
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/06/3209919.htm
6 May 11: “A young Aboriginal person dies by suicide almost
every week in WA’s Kimberley region but it is a story of
life, not death, that Mary Victor O’Reeri tells. Ms O’Reeri
lives in Billard, north of Broome. The dry Aboriginal
community sits over natural springs, believed to be the
home of the rainbow serpent. Billard and other communities
like it in the Kimberley are united by their despair at
what is being described as a chronic pattern, which has
seen 11 deaths since late December and countless attempts
and incidents of self-harm.”


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