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Australian, New Zealand, UK, veterans were guinea pigs for nuclear radiation

In total, 25,000 forces members from the UK, Australia and New Zealand were stationed near the blast sites.

Their lawyers claim many were there simply as guinea pigs to gauge the impact of nuclear explosions on human health.

LibDem Armed Forces minister betrayed us by dropping U.S support, say atom-test veterans, Daily mail, By Ian Drury 11th September 2010 The Armed Forces minister was last night condemned as a hypocrite who has betrayed nuclear test veterans by dropping his support after getting into power.

Nick Harvey had been a vocal campaigner on behalf of ex-servicemen who were guinea pigs for experiments in the South Pacific and Australia in the 1950s and 1960s.He had accused the Ministry of Defence of penny-pinching over the veterans’ compensation fight and of penny-pinching over the veterans’compensation fight and warned: ‘The veterans are dying. Time is running out.’

More than 1,000 former troops and their families are fighting for £20million for the harm they suffered from radiation.

Now, however, after being given a seat at the MoD, Mr Harvey’s support appears to have waned.

The Liberal Democrat MP said: ‘I don’t think there is any question of the Government doing more than it has already done.’

He said he had been ‘exposed to more information’ about the case and refused to comment further while it was before the courts.

A judge will rule next month on whether the veterans can sue the MoD, which argues that the claims have been made too late. In total, 25,000 forces members from the UK, Australia and New Zealand were stationed near the blast sites.

Their lawyers claim many were there simply as guinea pigs to gauge the impact of nuclear explosions on human health.

They have since suffered illnesses including cancer, skin defects, infertility and genetic disorders passed on to their children. On average, three of the former troops are dying each month.

Yesterday one of the group, Harry Melia, 72, of Holmesfield, Derbyshire, said: ‘It is heartbreaking because Nick Harvey was a strong supporter of our case and when he gets into power, he changes his mind. We feel completely betrayed by him – maybe he should be the Minister for Hypocrisy.’….

Mr Harvey had even given a written submission to the courts in 2008 in support of the veterans.

The Combined Veterans Forum International, made up of those from the UK and New Zealand, said he had acted ‘dishonourably’.
It challenged him to reveal the information he has seen since bec

September 13, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal | , , , ,

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