120706 – “Abbott wrong on nuclear waste: NT campaign has strong national support” BNI

Contents:
* BNI: Abbott wrong on nuclear waste:
NT campaign has strong national support
* Nuclear Freeways: 3,376km A long haul for nuclear waste
* ABC The Drum: Muckaty nuclear dump shows Mabo still matters
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Background to Mabo and Native Title
* Petition Online:
Stop the expansion of Olympic Dam uranium mine
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* Gary Foley:
A punter’s guide to stealing the rights of Aborigines

* BNI:
ABBOTT WRONG ON NUCLEAR WASTE:
NT CAMPAIGN HAS STRONG NATIONAL SUPPORT

– Media Release

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Abbott wrong on nuclear waste:
NT campaign has strong national support
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/07/03/abbott-wrong-on-nuclear-waste-nt-campaign-has-strong-national-support/
2 Jul 12: “National environment group Beyond Nuclear
Initiative (BNI) has rejected comments by Federal Opposition
Leader Tony Abbott in Darwin that a nuclear waste facility
should be built at Muckaty in the Northern Territory ‘in
the national interest.’
Under the leadership of John Howard, former Science
Minister Brendan Nelson announced in 2005 that a national
radioactive dump would be built in the Northern Territory.
BNI coordinator Natalie Wasley said it has always been
obvious that the NT proposal is based on politics and not
science. …
Ms Wasley continued, “Mr Abbott is also wrong to dismiss
concern about the Muckaty dump as ‘local’. The Australian
Council of Trade Unions and Australian Conservation
Foundation, the peak trade union and environment bodies in
the country, as well as the NT government and a number of
unions, health and human rights organisations have
clearly stated opposition to the Muckaty proposal”. … ”

– Related News

ABC Darwin: Nuclear waste dump in ‘national interest’: Abbott
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-03/abbott-on-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump/4107768/?site=darwin&microsite=&section=news
3 Jul 12: “Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he is
confident a nuclear waste dump can be built safely in the
Northern Territory. The Federal Government’s preferred site
for a waste facility is Muckaty Station, near Tennant
Creek. The plan opposed by some traditional owners and
local politicians. Speaking in Darwin, Mr Abbott said a
nuclear waste facility is in the national interest. …
Tony Abbott says local concerns sometimes do have to give
way to the national interest.”

Green Left:
Muckaty traditional owners fight Ferguson’s nuclear dump
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51545
3 Jul 12: “Four Muckaty traditional owners – Penny
Phillips, Jeannie Sambo, Kylie Sambo and Delvine Spiteri
– visited Melbourne on June 25 to attend a federal court
hearing concerning the nomination of Muckaty, 120
kilometres north of Tennant Creek in the Northern
Territory, for a national nuclear waste dump. Legal
proceedings against the federal government and the
Northern Land Council began in June 2010 and a trial is
anticipated in the first half of 2013. A small group of
traditional owners support the dump proposal, in return
for a financial package. But most are opposed and are
challenging the right of the government to establish the
dump at Muckaty without their consent.” By Jim Green,
national nuclear campaigner, Friends of the Earth, Australia

* NUCLEAR FREEWAYS: 3,376KM A LONG HAUL FOR NUCLEAR WASTE

– Statement

Nuclear Freeways: 3,376km A long haul for nuclear waste:
Lucas Heights to Muckaty – Nuclear waste transport route
http://www.nuclearfreeways.org.au/
“The Nuclear Freeways Campaign works to inform and support
communities along potential transport routes between
Australia’s main radioactive waste producer – the Lucas
Heights nuclear reactor site in Sydney – and the NT.
The federal government plans to impose a national
radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, 120 kms north of Tennant
Creek in the NT. There are many concerns with the proposal,
including:
* The unnecessary imposition of transport risks.
* The failure to consult local councils and communities
along potential transport routes.
* The failure of the Government to establish the need for
a national repository – in particular the failure to
consider the option of leaving the reactor at Lucas
Heights, where much of the waste is stored and where
Australia’s nuclear expertise is heavily concentrated.
… ”

* ABC THE DRUM: MUCKATY NUCLEAR DUMP SHOWS MABO STILL MATTERS

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion:
Muckaty nuclear dump shows Mabo still matters
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4107864.html
4 Jul 12: “The Mabo case is widely recognised as a turning
point in Australian legal history, as it challenged the
colonialist assumptions upon which our nation was founded
and acknowledged the realities of Indigenous dispossession.
… However, 20 years on, Aboriginal land rights remain as
contested and as tenuous as ever. Of particular note is the
Commonwealth Government’s plan to establish a nuclear waste
dump in the Northern Territory at Muckaty, north of Tennant
Creek.” George Newhouse, an Australian human rights lawyer

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 5 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 5 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

* PETITION ONLINE:
STOP THE EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM URANIUM MINE

– Petition

Petition Online:
Stop the expansion of Olympic Dam uranium mine
http://petitiononline.com/roxstop/petition.html
“Send To: Australian Commonwealth Government
Sponsored By: Friends of the Earth”
“We, the undersigned, ask the Australian Government and
Environment Minister the Honourable Peter Garrett to halt
the expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine in South
Australia.
We hold that the risks to human health, safety, the
environment and future generations are too great. … ”

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 5 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine-challenge-south-australia

* GARY FOLEY:
A PUNTER’S GUIDE TO STEALING THE RIGHTS OF ABORIGINES

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: The Contrarian:
A punter’s guide to stealing the rights of Aborigines
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/the-contrarian-a-punters-guide-to-stealing-the-rights-of-aborigines/
5 Jul 12: “GARY FOLEY* presents the dummy’s guide to
stealing Indigenous rights. The art of denying Aboriginal
people their human rights has been refined to a science.
The following is a list of commonly used techniques. Gain
the Aboriginal person’s co-operation. It is much easier to
steal someone’s human rights if you can do it with their
OWN co-operation. So: … ”
Gary Foley, an “elderly anarchist agitator”,
historian and lecturer at Victoria University

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