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Leading Australian law firms take up case against Muckaty nuclear waste dump

Maurice Blackburn, Julian Burnside, charged with waste dump action  3 June 2010 | by The New Lawyer THE Commonwealth Government and the Northern Land Council will face a Federal Court legal challenge over plans for a radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory.Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is working with NSW law firm Surry Partners, and Julian Burnside QC, to commence proceedings challenging the nomination of the Indigenous land, at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek.

Mark Lane Jangala, a senior Ngapa traditional owner for Muckaty Station, claims he and many other senior elders never gave consent and were not consulted over the nomination of their land for Australia’s first radioactive waste dump……..Maurice Blackburn senior associate Martin Hyde said most of the traditional owners were not given the opportunity to make an informed decision.

“If you are going to take away people’s land in perpetuity and fill it with radioactive waste, you have a legal and moral obligation to ask the owners first and seek their informed consent. It appears that simply did not happen”.

George Newhouse, human rights lawyer with Surry Partners said: “This is an important case not only because it is about the dumping of nuclear waste on Aboriginal land but it will set out the principles that will guide the way that Indigenous Land Councils treat the people that they are supposed to represent.”

Maurice Blackburn, Julian Burnside, charged with waste dump action – The New Lawyer

June 7, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal | , , , , , , , ,

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