120506 – “ANSTO radioactive waste application more responsible option than remote dump plan” BNI

* Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI): ANSTO radioactive waste
application more responsible option than remote dump plan
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* AuSIL: Indigenous languages in education:
What the research actually shows
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* ABC Video: Elders take stand on intervention
* Congress:
Stop, listen and test NT laws for human rights violations
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Justice Reinvestment Campaign
* NITV News: Moree Tent Embassy
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Other articles


– Media Release

Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI):
ANSTO radioactive waste application more responsible option
than remote dump plan
1 May 12: “The Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) has
cautiously welcomed news today that the Australian Nuclear
Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) will apply to
build an interim storage facility at Lucas Heights for
radioactive waste due to return from overseas reprocessing.
BNI coordinator Natalie Wasley says the application shows
Minister Martin Ferguson’s current push for a remote dump
on the Muckaty Land Trust in the NT is losing ground and
that interim storage at Lucas Heights is a better option
while a comprehensive and long-term management plan is
considered. …
“The application to store this waste at ANSTO would see it
returning to a secured federal site where nuclear waste
and nuclear expertise is currently concentrated. This is
clearly a better interim plan than trucking waste
thousands of kilometres to a remote area with a couple of
security guards posted at the facility door”. … ”

– Related Media Release

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO):
Plan in place to safely manage medical and research waste
“The Australian Government’s nuclear agency, the Australian
Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) will
apply for a licence to construct an interim storage
facility for Australian radioactive waste generated by
several decades of nuclear medicine production and
scientific research. …
For more than 50 years, almost all of Australia’s nuclear
medicine has been produced at Sydney’s Lucas Heights.
ANSTO produces 550,000 doses of medicine a year, which is
distributed to more than 250 hospitals and medical
centres across the country.
The proposed new storage facility at Lucas Heights
(subject to regulatory approval) would enable Australia
to meet obligations to repatriate Australian waste
currently being reprocessed in France and due, under
arrangements established by Governments in the 1990s, to
return to Australia by the end of 2015.
This proposed interim facility would operate at Lucas
Heights for up to five years from late 2015 – while
planning is underway for the siting, design and
construction of a permanent national radioactive waste
management facility anticipated to be operational by 2020.”

– Related Audio

ABC PM: ACF welcomes nuclear waste plan, but urges inquiry
1 May 12: “Australia’s biggest national environment group
has given cautious approval to radioactive waste storage
plans by Australia’s nuclear research agency ANSTO
(Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation).
ANSTO wants to store returned reprocessed radioactive waste
from France temporarily at its facility in Sydney’s Lucas
Heights. The Australian Conservation Foundation says it
makes sense to store it in a specially constructed building
at the ANSTO headquarters. But the ACF rejects the Federal
Government’s long term plan to transport nuclear waste to
a remote national storage facility. And it’s calling for a
full public inquiry into the country’s long term options
for nuclear waste storage.”
[Includes comments by ACF’s David Sweeney and
ANSTO’s CEO Dr Adi Paterson.]

– Related Analysis / Opinion

ABC Environment: We need to talk about Lucas Heights
3 May 12: “SUCCESSIVE FEDERAL governments have attempted to
manage Australia’s radioactive waste by keeping the issue
as low on the political radar and as far from the public
eye as possible. This approach has meant that instead of
developing a credible process to identify the range of best
management options they have been obsessed with a finding a
vulnerable and politically powerless postcode to host the
nation’s radioactive waste.” Dave Sweeney

– Related News

ABC Rural: Nuclear waste to be stored in Sydney
1 May 12: “Nuclear waste could be stored in metropolitan
Sydney within five years. The waste is currently being
processed in Europe and will be stored at the Lucas Heights
facility in Sutherland upon it’s return to Australia. But
Adi Paterson from the Australian Nuclear Science and
Technology Organisation says Lucas Heights would only
provide an interim solution until a national repository is
built. “It is not a permanent storage location. “I think
permanent storage at Lucas Heights would be out of line
with international practice. … “”

ABC: Radioactive waste to be stored at Lucas Heights
1 May 12: “The Federal Government’s nuclear agency has
revealed plans to build a new radioactive waste storage
facility next to its reactor at Sydney’s Lucas Heights. The
waste was generated at the Sydney facility but was sent to
France several years ago to be reprocessed to remove
plutonium and residual uranium. … ANSTO’s chief doctor,
Adi Paterson, say the application has been lodged because a
national radioactive waste facility has still not been

SMH: Residents concerned at Sydney nuclear waste plan
1 May 12: “A plan to store radioactive waste in Sydney’s
southern suburbs raises safety concerns, says a local
councillor who is angry the area is being treated like a
world dumping ground. Thirteen cubic metres of the waste –
enough to fill one-third of a shipping container – will be
returned to Australia by 2015 and stored for five years at
the Lucas Heights nuclear facility.”

Australian: Nuclear waste to be shipped to Sydney
1 May 12: “A PLAN to store radioactive waste in Sydney’s
suburbs has the backing of the Australian Conservation
Foundation (ACF) because it won’t be dumped in the outback.
Thirteen cubic metres of the waste – enough to fill one
third of a shipping container – will be returned to
Australia by 2015 and stored for five years at the Lucas
Heights nuclear facility.”

The West: Locals angry over Sydney nuke waste plan
1 May 12: “A community in Sydney’s south has reacted
angrily to plans to store radioactive waste in the area,
saying Lucas Heights is being treated like a nuclear
“dumping ground”. Australian Nuclear Science and Technology
Organisation (ANSTO) revealed that 13 cubic metres of waste
will be returned to Australia by 2015 and stored for five
years at the Lucas Heights nuclear facility.”

SMH: Locals angry over Sydney nuke waste plan
1 May 12: “A community in Sydney’s south has reacted
angrily to plans to store radioactive waste in the area,
saying Lucas Heights is being treated like a nuclear
“dumping ground”. Australian Nuclear Science and Technology
Organisation (ANSTO) revealed that 13 cubic metres of waste
will be returned to Australia by 2015 and stored for five
years at the Lucas Heights nuclear facility.”

Leader: ANSTO nuclear waste decision condemned
1 May 12: “Sutherland Shire Mayor Carol Provan has
condemned the Federal Government’s decision to store
nuclear waste at the ANSTO facility at Lucas Heights,
claiming Sutherland Shire has become the ‘defacto dumping
ground’ for the nation. ANSTO issued a press release this
morning confirming it would be storing the waste, but has
yet to even contact the council about the issue, Cr Provan

Reactor provides hope as mum Nicole Jarman battles illness
2 May 12: “CALLS from the anti-nuclear lobby for the
research reactor at Lucas Heights, on Sydney’s southern
outskirts, to be shut down were amplified yesterday, after
it was revealed radioactive waste would be stored at the
site. But western Sydney mother Nicole Jarman is deaf to
those calls, at any volume. Ms Jarman, 28, was diagnosed
with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last October, and medical isotopes
produced at Lucas Heights have been a key part of her

SMH: No nuclear waste store for Shire, says mayor
2 May 12: “SUTHERLAND Shire Council says a “people power”
campaign by residents might be the only way to stop plans
by the nuclear agency to build a nuclear waste storage
facility at Lucas Heights. The mayor, Carol Provan, said
she was dismayed with an announcement yesterday by the
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation that
it would apply for a licence to build a nuclear waste
facility to take mid-level radioactive waste now being
reprocessed in France.”


Last updated: 22 April 2012


* AuSIL:

Indigenous languages in education:
What the research actually shows
Written by Charles E. Grimes Ph.D and published by the
Australian Society for Indigenous Languages (AuSIL).

Support Bilingual Education:
Indigenous languages in education:
What the research actually shows
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please send us your details using the form below.”


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“Supporters of Bilingual & Multilingual education, living
and learning in the Northern Territory. Recognising the
importance of language in human development, identity and


Last updated: 5 May 2012



– Video

ABC: Elders take stand on intervention
3 May 12: “Indigenous elders are calling for an end to all
land and mining talks with the Commonwealth until all
aspects of the NT Intervention are abolished.”


WGAR News: Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement concerning
‘Stronger Futures’ laws and NT policies (4 May 12)


– Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Stop, listen and test NT laws for human rights violations
4 May 12: “Congress says Govt should stop, listen and test
NT laws for human rights violations
Congress says it will continue to oppose new Intervention
laws because they have not been tested for human rights
violations as part of its on-going support to Aboriginal
people in the Northern Territory.
Congress Co-Chairs Jody Broun and Les Malezer said more
Aboriginal people are calling for the laws before
Parliament to be scrapped, most recently the Yolgnu Nations
Assembly, which represents 8000 traditional owners in west,
central and east Arnhem Land.
“Here is another significant group of our peoples, directly
affected by the laws, who are actually calling this
legislation ‘racist’ in their letter to the Prime Minister,”
said Mr. Malezer.
“This is a strong and simple message to the Government that
these laws must be independently reviewed to ensure they do
not breach human rights standards and international
“The Government has ‘willful deafness’ on such a
fundamental issue, even after critical reports on the
Intervention by the United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur for Indigenous
Peoples. … “”

– Related News

Australian: Intervention laws face human rights hurdle
4 May 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has threatened to use “domestic and international
human rights forums” to humiliate the Gillard government
over the next stage of its radical intervention into
Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. The new
peak Aboriginal representative body, which is partly funded
by the federal government and has discussion meetings with
Julia Gillard, is becoming increasingly active in opposing
Labor’s approach to indigenous affairs.”


WGAR News: Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement concerning
‘Stronger Futures’ laws and NT policies (4 May 12)


Last updated: 5 May 2012



– News

Australian: Musicians rally against ‘Stronger Futures’
4 May 12: “AUSTRALIAN musicians Paul Kelly, Neil Murray and
Archie Roach have joined Northern Territory Aboriginal
leaders in rallying against the federal government’s
Stronger Futures Laws. At a memorial concert for acclaimed
Australian singer Jimmy Little at Sydney’s Opera House last
night the musicians performed his iconic song Blackfella
Whitefella to an audience of 2500 people. They dedicated
the song to the “Stand for Freedom campaign” which opposes
the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures laws.”


Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:


Last updated: 5 May 2012



Last updated: 29 April 2012



– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black:
Imprisonment In Australia Is Expensive Business
By Garfield Samuels
4 May 12: “The level of incarceration of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people isnt decreasing and
politicians are now joining advocacy organisations’ calls
to invest money in keeping people out of prison. According
to the Australian Bureau of Statistics – a quarter of
people in prison in 2009 was Aboriginal or Torres Strait
Islander. … Greens Legal Affairs and Social Inclusion
spokesperson, Senator Penny Wright tells Garfield Samuels
the concept of justice reinvestment, is the key to keeping
people from offending and out of jails.”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
The shameful record on juvenile jail rates
5 May 12: “By National Indigenous Times ACT reporter Geoff Bagnall
A new campaign featuring a group of prominent Indigenous
leaders has been launched which aims to cut “the shameful
number of young Aboriginal Australians in juvenile
detention”. The campaign, called the Justice Reinvestment
Campaign, has been initiated by the Aboriginal Legal
Service because Australia’s prison rates are exploding and
the greatest increase in those numbers are Aboriginals and
Torres Strait Islanders. … The Justice Reinvestment
Campaign for Aboriginal young people has a long list of
high profile supporters including the Governor of New
South Wales, Marie Bashir who launched the campaign today


– Video

NITV News: Moree Tent Embassy
“Reporter: Jeremy Geia
The Aboriginal Tent Embassy movement is growing rapidly
with plans to create new sites around the country in the
coming weeks. The New South Wales town of Moree is the
latest to join the campaign for sovereignty and self


Last updated: 4 May 2012



– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Earth Matters – 5 May 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-05-04-73379.mp3
5 May 12: “Arabunna Elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott’s challenge
to Fed Court approval of BHP-Billeton’s Olympic Dam uranium
mine expansion gets dismissed – BHP & the Fed Gov seek
court costs from Uncle Kev, who is an elderly pensioner.
Also, update from Portland Aboriginal Tent Embassy.”

See: WGAR News:
“Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge” ABC PM (22 Apr 12)

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Who Polices The Police?
By Garfield Samuels
3 May 12: “National advocacy organisation, Australians for
Native Title and Reconciliation, has launched a national
campaign to highlight the lack of transparency of the
police investigating police, when there is a death in
custody. … ANTAR believes approaches taken overseas to
prevent police misconduct and abuse should be adopted in
Australia. ANTAR National Director Jacqui Philips tells
Garfield Samuels, Northern Ireland has a successful
independent investigative body that could be replicated in

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: Investigate Impact of Mining Boom
5 May 12: “By National Indigenous Times columnists
Ian Perdrisat
The colonial settlement of Australia commenced in 1788 with
the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove. From this
tiny outpost in the south-east corner the British
occupation of Australia spread quickly harvesting the
resources and occupying land to the exclusion and
disadvantage of the local Indigenous people.”

National Indigenous Times:
Nyoongar Land Rights need to be respected
5 May 12: “by Gerry Georgatos National Indigenous Times
Western Australia reporter
The Native Title offer from the Western Australian state
government to the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea
Council (SWALSC) has divided not only the West Australian
community and given birth to the Nyoongar Tent Embassy
however also divided Nyoongars who are not part of the

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Youth suicide: Toll higher than Afghan war deaths
5 May 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos
Kabi Kabi Elder and Bundaberg campus coordinator of Nulloo
Yumbah at Central Queensland University, Cheri
Yavu-Kama-Harathunian said she is devastated by the rising
disenfranchisement of Aboriginal youth and the lack of
action to end suicides by Australia’s Aboriginal children.”

National Indigenous Times:
March to remember colonial war deaths a success: Anderson
5 May 12: “By National Indigenous Times ACT reporter
Geoff Bagnall
A march to remember those who fell in colonial wars has
been hailed as a great success by organisers. The group of
20 who joined on to the rear of the official ANZAC Day
parade in Canberra carrying placards highlighting various
massacres around Australia during colonisation and early… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Health fears emerge for shooting victims as Mundine
calls for police to be charged
5 May 12: “Fears for the health of a 17 year old shot in
the neck by police in Kings Cross Sydney, then bashed,
dragged and left lying in a pool of his own blood on the
footpath by police have deepened. Anthony Mundine, who
joined Indigenous leaders and family members of the six
victims of the shooting, attended the protest last Tuesday
outside… ”

National Indigenous Times: Mabo anniversary looms
5 May 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall
“It’s a part of Australia’s history now. It’s living
history. For all the young people it’s their history”
– Gail Mabo
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “Mabo”?
For a majority of people the answer would be land or
Native Title. The name has entered the lexicon as a
metaphor for the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal
struggle… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Special ceremony by family brings Frank Archibald’s
spirit home from New Guinea
5 May 12: “He was a black man in an army dominated by white
soldiers. But the only colours that mattered to Private
Frank Richard Archibald’s closest mates were the khaki
uniform on his back and the blood he shed for his country.
It’s been nearly 70 years since Private Archibald, an
Aboriginal digger from New South Wales’ north coast, was
shot dead by a Japanese sniper during the… ”

National Indigenous Times:
ANZAC Day sacred, says Gladys Waters
5 May 12: “ANZAC Day is as sacred as Good Friday to 83 year
old Gladys Waters. The wife of Australia’s first Aboriginal
military pilot Len Waters has attended ANZAC Day services
religiously each year since her husband died in 1993. Ill
health meant she had to settle for watching the parade on
television from her Brisbane home on Wednesday.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
New book exposes bloody history of Tasmanian colonisation
4 May 12: “A new book about a darker side of Tasmania’s
history argues that at least 800 Aboriginal people were
massacred at various locations by colonists. Author and
historian, Professor Lyndall Ryan, says research for the
book ‘Tasmanian Aborigines – A History Since 1803’
reignites a critical debate in Australian Aboriginal
history. Professor Ryan says a major massacre occurred
after colonists sought revenge for a murdered stockman
and attacked Pallittorre people at Liffey Falls one
morning in 1827.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Crowd gathers to protest shooting of Brisbane teenager
3 May 12: “Aboriginal protesters yesterday staged a rally
outside Parliament House in Brisbane in response to the
shooting of 18-year-old Dempsey Cleven by police and to
campaign for the future protection of children. Mr. Cleven
was shot in the leg by police on Easter Sunday while being
a passenger in an allegedly stolen vehichle. Protest
speaker and prominent Murri rights advocate Wayne Wharton
says the key point of the rally was to challenge the new
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to keep Aboriginal
children more safe and better protected.”

Sovereign Union:
Rally and march highlight new Stolen Generation in
Queensland and gain father his grieving rights
2 May 12: “Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park …
Aboriginal people and their supporters held a rally and
march in Brisbane on Wednesday 2nd May to highlight the
continued genocidal practice of removing large numbers of
Aboriginal children from their families and their culture.
Just last year 13,433 Aboriginal kids were taken in
Queensland. In last couple of weeks a thirteen year old
girl was killed after being chased by police because she
was trying to get back to her family and a 3 year old boy
was fatally run over by a truck, both after being removed
from their homes, kids that would still be alive today if
they hadn’t been stolen.”

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