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‘From the heart, for the heartland’ hits Redfern on Monday June 25th

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Nationwide Indigenous Anti-Nuclear Waste Dump Speaking Tour hits Redfern Community Centre this week!

Why the $#%!! do we only hear about unique and important things like this with 5 days warning, whereas everyone knows U2 is coming 10 months in advance?

From today’s press release:

“From the heart, for the heartland”
Traditional owners speak out: NO radioactive waste dump in the NT!
Sydney Public meeting – Monday June 25 (evening) 2007

This month, Indigenous traditional owners and community members from areas proposed for the Federal radioactive waste dump are undertaking a national speaking tour. With three Department of Defence sites assessed and another recently nominated by the Northern Land Council , the tour is an opportunity for national audiences to hear how the dump proposal is impacting the targeted communities in the Northern Territory.

Speakers will share their stories and experiences and raise concerns related to contamination of the country that sustains their communities, livelihoods and traditional culture.
Speakers confirmed for the tour include:

  • Mt Everard traditional owners Audrey McCormack and Benedict Stevens
  • Harts Range community members Priscilla Williams and Mitch
  • Muckaty traditional owner Dianne Stokes
  • Kalumpurpla community member Steve Atkinson
  • Top End Aboriginal Conservation Alliance (TEACA) coordinator Donna Jackson
  • Katherine No Dump Action Group members Vina Hornsby and Petrina Ariston.

A public meeting is being held in Sydney on June 25 at Redfern Community Centre, 25-53 Hugo St. The evening will comprise speakers, an exhibition of artworks from affected communities, photos of the proposed dump sites and a short film.

The speaking tour aims to confront and dispel the myth used to justify nuclear activities in Australia; that remote areas are uninhabited and lifeless places. Federal Science Minister Julie Bishop suggested that all of the proposed waste dump sites are “some distance from any form of civilisation” when in fact, there are communities living and running successful enterprises three, five and eighteen kilometres away from the three areas currently being assessed.

This is a unique opportunity to hear first hand, the impact of the Federal radioactive waste dump proposal on remote and indigenous communities. With Australia poised to expand involvement in the global nuclear industry, this public forum will enable discussion of domestic radioactive waste management issues, social and environment concerns
regarding the NT dump proposal and ways people interstate can engage with and support the NT community campaign.
Please advertise this public event widely and contact the tour coordinator (Natalie Wasley: natwasley@alec.org.au) for any further information.

Proudly supported by: The Poola Foundation (Tom Kantor Fund), Northern Territory Government, Australian Conservation Foundation, Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society, Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Australian Student Environment Network, Arid Lands Environment Centre, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Nuclear Free Australia

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You may also want visit the Arid Lands Environment Centre to seek further info and links, or if emailing the co-ordinator is a problem, call Marcelle Hoff at Sydney City Council on (02) 9246 7719 for further info. This is not only a very worthwhile cause, but a rare opportunity to hear a Top End mob speak about these issues and their own experiences without putting in several days on the road to reach them.

And if anybody thinks that nuclear in Australia is either a resolved issue or not a problem, consider this: increasingly, the world’s nations are pushing through forums such as the UN and WTO for full life cycle responsibility for toxic waste. This means that the producer of substances which will produce toxic waste will increasingly be held responsible for the cradle & grave components of their life cycle. Now, the producer may do what is expected of them by simply adding in costing for waste management when the product (like uranium) is initially exported. Or they may sign an agreement, such as Australia and several other countries currently have with America, whereby the user (America) ‘temporarily’ stores the waste… until a better option comes along.

As has been amply proven with nuclear reactors, even when there is some kind of full cycle costing from the outset there are only two likely outcomes. Either the cost is unrealistically low to ensure tendering success by beating the price of the competition and ignoring the impacts of littledetails like, say, 25 – 40 years of inflation. Or, the money is collected and is sufficient to deal with waste, but somehow gets used for other things – like building more nuclear reactors or subsidising the massive insurance costs associated with nuclear industry.

By opening the door for increased and consolidated storage of nuclear waste in Australia, there are two sets of consequences being assured.

1. further cultural and environmental degradation and destruction in a desert which is teeming with life, beauty , and possibility despite what media and government claim.

2. in the long term, and as Australia’s uranium exports increase exponentially, there will be a package deal assured to all buyers (US, France, China, India, etc.) that Australia will accept and store nuclear waste imports proportional to nuclear fuel exports.

The only way that this future outcome can be headed off and any nuclear ‘gains’ be held on to by people concerned about air, water, land and culture is to really diminish any possibility of further nuclear waste dumps in Australia now.

(there are links for this info which categorically support this information based on international treaty developments and Australian agreementsmade with Europe and America during the last 5 years and i will hyperlink accordingly shortly. However, for now, what is most urgently important is to get the speaking tour info out now. Check back by Thursday evening for more links if interested – ed.)


Written by typingisnotactivism

June 20, 2007 at 2:59 pm

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    June 22, 2007 at 1:47 pm

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