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Rudd govt’s nuclear waste dump bill more draconian than Howard’s

NT: Nuclear waste facility to be dumped on locals, Socialist Party (Australia) , 23 April 2010, Contradicting the ALP’s claims of consent, the April 2008  NT Labor Party conference unanimously passed a resolution calling on the federal government to exclude Muckaty because the nomination “was not made with the full and informed consent of all traditional owners and affected people and as such does not comply with the Aboriginal Land Rights Act.” Several federal ministers and members of government have also acknowledged the opposition and distress of locals.

This gives lie to Ferguson’s claim that he is restoring ‘fairness’ to the issue of radioactive waste management, a claim based on the repeal of the 2005-06 Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act. This extraordinary legislation permitted the imposition of a dump in the absence of any consultation with, or consent from, traditional owners.

However, the ALP’s National Radioactive Waste Management Bill (2010) entrenches a remarkably similar process that allows the minister to override any laws that impede his nuclear waste dump plans. Ferguson stated that “our new law will effectively have the same application as the previous government in respect of that area. In no way can we allow any state or territory government to get in the way of establishing a repository”. The minister’s approach is just as draconian as that of Howard’s……….

In 2005, the Howard Government chose the NT, and ruled out NSW, for purely political reasons. When the federal Bureau of Resource Sciences conducted a national repository site selection study in the 1990s, informed by scientific, environmental and social criteria, the Muckaty site did not even make the short-list of ‘suitable’ sites. Socialist Party (Australia) » NT: Nuclear waste facility to be dumped on locals

April 23, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | , , , , , , , ,

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