28/05/2011 Canberra Rally, June 14 2011: Don’t dump on the NT -No radioactive waste dump at Muckaty

Contents:
* Canberra Rally, June 14 2011:
Don’t dump on the Northern Territory –
No radioactive waste dump at Muckaty
* Background to Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Interview with Richard Downs on the UN Permanent Forum
on Indigenous Issues
* Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Aboriginal Embassy symposium, Canberra, 20-22 June 2011

CANBERRA RALLY, JUNE 14 2011:
DON’T DUMP ON THE NORTHERN TERRITORY –
NO RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP AT MUCKATY

– Poster for Rally

http://beyondnuclearinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/muckaty-rally-14-june.pdf

– Rally

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: June 14 Canberra rally
Don’t dump on the Territory:
No national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/05/22/june-14-canberra-rally/
“Community Rally
June 14, 2011
12 midday at Parliament House, Canberra

Speakers include:

Dianne Stokes and Mark Chungaloo, Muckaty Traditional Owners
Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens
Peter Simpson, ETU Queensland Secretary
Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation
Dr Sue Wareham, Medical Association for Prevention of War

We demand:

* Repeal of all NT sites under assessment for a national
nuclear dump
* An independent inquiry into radioactive waste management
in Australia
* Responsible long term management – not short term dumping

Supported by:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Conservation Council of WA
Environment Centre of the Northern Territory
Friends of the Earth Australia
Japanese for Peace
Medical Association for Prevention of War
Public Health Association Australia
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
Unions NT”

– Related Media Release

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
From the Barkly to Brazil:
Resistance to radioactive waste dump plan in the spotlight
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste
26 May 11: “It’s a long way from Tennant Creek to Rio de
Janeiro, but the story of a controversial radioactive waste
dump in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory will
feature on the big screen in Brazil today.
Muckaty Voices – a ten minute film that documents the
opposition of Traditional Owners to a proposed national
radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, north of Tennant Creek
– is a finalist in the first International Uranium Film
Festival.
The film, produced by the Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI)
and Enlightning Productions, will be screened before an
international audience in Rio de Janeiro. It can be viewed
via: http://www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com/video
“The story of the community campaign against this highly
contested radioactive waste dump plan is increasingly
being heard around Australia and across the world,” said
BNI coordinator Natalie Wasley.”

– Related News

NT News: NLC dumping ‘disgrace’
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/05/24/235091_ntnews.html
24 May 11: “THE Northern Land Council has refuted a
lawyer’s claim to have unearthed new evidence in the
Muckaty Station ownership battle. The site – near Tennant
Creek – is at the centre of a major dispute between
Aboriginal families over who has the right to allow the
establishment of a nuclear waste dump.”

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo
“”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.”

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

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

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

WGAR News: NT nuclear waste dump plans contested (10 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

WGAR News: More on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (14 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/14/wgar-news-aboriginal-elder-raises-international-awareness-of-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Interview with Muckaty Traditional Owner, Dianne Stokes / Doctor: Public misled over nuclear medicine needs (17 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/17/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-for-aboriginal-rights-in-australia

WGAR News: Gov’t hopes Senate will debate nuclear waste dump in June (18 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/18/wgar-news-amnesty-international-report-2011-human-rights-in-australia

WGAR News: Video: No to a dump in the NT – Darwin rally 11 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD DOWNS ON THE UN PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Richard Downs on CAAMA Radio
http://caama.com.au/richard-downs-on-caama-radio
23 May 11: “Richard Downs is part of the delegation
attending the United Nations permanent forum on Indigenous
issues. He is an Alyawarra man from Ampilatwatja living on
his country … The UN permanent forum on indigenous issues
allows Aboriginal people around the globe to voice concerns
about the progress of Indigenous people. Here he speaks to
Paul Wiles about the forum.”

See:

WGAR News: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, 16 to 27 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

See Background:

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

Six Videos by Eleanor Gilbert of Enlightning Productions:
Opening Protest House Ampilatwatja Walk-off NT:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/video/

WGAR News: Protest House at the Alyawarr people’s walk-off camp (16 Feb 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/02/16/wgar-news-protest-house-at-the-alyawarr-peoples-walk-off-camp-16-feb-10

WGAR News: Speeches from National call out by John Pilger & Richard Downs (3 May 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/04/wgar-news-speeches-from-national-call-out-by-john-pilger-richard-downs-3-may-10

Frequency: Richard Downs & Harry Nelson Speaking at Melbourne
University Ampilatwatja Walkoff & NT Intervention (14-16 Oct 10)
http://www.frequency.com/video/richard-downs-harry-nelson-speaking-at/4712568

BARBARA SHAW AT THE UN PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES:

– Media Releases

Media Newswire: With Indigenous Children Facing “Lifetime
of Exclusion’, UN Children’s Fund Developing Framework
Strategy to Address Challenges, Permanent Forum Told
http://media-newswire.com/release_1150517.html
24 May 11: “BARBARA SHAW, of the Australian Foundation for
Aboriginal Islander Research Action, noted that the
Northern Territories Emergency Response had been based on
United Nations policies, but had caused problems and
created “punitive measures” for the indigenous peoples
living there. Among those, for example, were bilingual
education policies, which kept indigenous children from
speaking their own languages for much of the school day.
How was UNICEF working to address the problems facing those
and other indigenous communities? She urged that UNICEF
work with grandparents to preserve the culture and
languages of indigenous groups, and that UNICEF
representatives “come out and talk to the grass-roots
people of Australia” to understand their real situation
on the ground.”

Media Newswire: As with So Many Other Human Rights,
Indigenous Peoples Suffer Disproportionate Violations of
Right to Safe Water, Sanitation, Permanent Forum Told
http://media-newswire.com/release_1150631.html
24 May 11: “BARBARA SHAW, of the Global Indigenous Women’s
Caucus, stressed that, to indigenous peoples, water was
sacred. By virtue of spirituality and their reciprocal
relationship with it, indigenous women played a key role in
sustaining life and its biological and cultural diversity,
as well as the diversity of their communities. Emphasizing
the impact of water on the well-being of indigenous
communities, she urgently asked the Forum to take a leading
role in promoting and protecting indigenous peoples’ rights
to water. A human rights framework must be used in
protecting waterways, she stressed.”

See:

WGAR News: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, 16 to 27 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

See Background:

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

WGAR News: Darwin gathering for Aboriginal people living in prescribed areas under the NT Intervention, June 19-21, 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Interview with Barbara Shaw, of the Intervention Rollback Action Group, on the NT Intervention (7 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Speech by Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw on the NT Intervention (10 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Working Paper

CAEPR – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research:
Alice Springs’ Unrepresentative Council:
Cause for Intervention?
http://caepr.anu.edu.au/Publications/WP/2011WP76.php
“Working Paper 76 / 2011
William Sanders
The paper explains how the vote counting system used in
Northern Territory local government leads to very poor
electoral outcomes which concentrate representation rather
than spread it. It discusses how, in the case of Alice
Springs, this has produced a narrowly based council with
no representation from town camps. It argues that this
vote counting system should be changed and notes that it
is currently under review by the Northern Territory
Government, partly because of this critique. However it
also notes that some, including Alice Springs Town Council,
are defending the existing system and that change is by no
means assured, hence the question of the subtitle.”

– Audio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
26 May 11: “Chris Graham: Tiga Bayles caught up with Chris
Graham, Editor of of the freshly released new Tracker
Magazine. They spoke about the Bringing The Home report,
the alarming rate of our First Nations people in the
National prison system and the breach of international law
when it comes to the Intervention and asylum seekers in
Australia.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-05-26-86135.mp3

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert: Greens look for more action on Sorry Day
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-look-more-action-sorry-day
26 May 11: “The Australian Greens have today reaffirmed
their commitment to better outcomes for the Stolen
Generations, using Sorry Day to focus on taking further
steps towards a better Australia. …
“The Australian Greens remain committed to measures such as
opposing the NT Intervention, and proposing important
Native Title amendments and the Stolen Generations
Repatriation Bill as a way to take further, meaningful
steps away from the practices of the past,” Senator Siewert
concluded.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Store licensing brings better food to communities
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5815:store-licensing-brings-better-food-to-communities&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
25 May 11: “An independent report from the The Cultural and
Indigenous Research Centre has found that ‘Stores
Licensing’ is successful in delivering healthier food to
remote Northern Territory communities.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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/

EVENT: ABORIGINAL EMBASSY SYMPOSIUM, CANBERRA, 20-22 JUNE 2011:

– Event

Australian Centre for Indigenous History, ANU:
Aboriginal Embassy symposium
http://acih.anu.edu.au/events/aboriginal-embassy-symposium
“Monday, 20th June 2011 – 8:30am
– Wednesday, 22nd June 2011 – 8:30am
Hosted by the Australian Centre for Indigenous History and
supported by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
In association with:
* The National Film and Sound Archive
* The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
Since it was first erected in front of Old Parliament House
on 26 January 1972 and re-erected on its twentieth
anniversary in 1992, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has been
a source of inspiration and controversy for Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal Australians. As it approaches its fortieth
anniversary, this symposium will examine the historical,
social and political significance of the Tent Embassy.”
[Includes discussion with 1972 Tent Embassy activists
Michael Anderson, Paul Coe, Pat Eatock & Sam Watson]


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