Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

ANSTO treated nuclear whistleblower unfairly

Nuclear whistleblower treated unfairly, investigation finds Herald Sun, AAP * February 09, 2011 A MAN who went public with safety concerns about Australia’s only nuclear reactor was denied procedural fairness when he was suspended from his job on bullying claims, an investigation has found.Australia’s commonwealth workplace regulator, Comcare, investigated the case of Dave Reid, a health and safety representative for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Radiopharmaceuticals.It found ANSTO breached health and safety laws in its handling of the case. In the report, obtained by ABC Television, the investigator found Mr Reid was denied procedural fairness when he was suspended from his role after bullying allegations were made against him by other employees. Nuclear whistleblower treated unfairly, investigation finds | Herald Sun

February 9, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties | | Leave a comment

Wikileaks reveal Martin Ferguson’s hypocrisy over uranium sales to India

The Resources, Energy and Tourism Minister, Martin Ferguson, has told the US embassy in Canberra that ”a deal to supply India with nuclear fuel could be reached in three to five years”…….

WikiLeaks | Labor government’s secret uranium talks with India, Sydney Morning Herald, Philip DorlingFebruary 10, 2011 THE federal Labor government has secretly canvassed the possibility of uranium sales to India while publicly asserting that it cannot allow such exports as long as Delhi maintains a nuclear arsenal outside the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Continue reading

February 9, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies | | Leave a comment

Repression of Indian citizens over Jaitapur nuclear plant

Jaitapur’s people are more concerned about being treated as sub-humans by the state, which has unleashed savage repression, including hundreds of arrests, illegal detentions and orders prohibiting peaceful assemblies. Eminent citizens keen to express solidarity with protesters were banned, including a former supreme court judge, the Communist party’s secretary and a former Navy chief. Gadgil too was prevented. A former high court judge was detained illegally for five days. Worse, a Maharashtra minister recently threatened that “outsiders” who visit Jaitapur wouldn’t be “allowed to come out” (alive).

The truth behind India’s nuclear renaissance Jaitapur’s French-built nuclear plant is a disaster in waiting, jeopardising biodiversity and local livelihoods  Praful Bidwai  guardian.co.uk,  8 February 2011 The global “nuclear renaissance” touted a decade ago has not materialised. Continue reading

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Unjust system for extradition of Julian Assange and many others

the European arrest warrant is not operating “efficiently and in the interests of justice”……..

Assange’s extradition is only the tip of the iceberg Flawed European arrest warrant system means thousands face unjust extradition each year  Jago Russell   guardian.co.uk Julian Assange is fighting extradition to Sweden. Many suffer unjustified extradition ordeals under the present system. Continue reading

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Radioactive waste dump protest taken to Martin Ferguson’s office

Radioactive waste dump protest at Martin Ferguson’s office | Indymedia Australia, 20 Jan 2011, Around 50 people demonstrated at Resource Minister, Martin Ferguson’s office against a dump at Muckaty on January 17th. Three days before Christmas the government concluded a sham committee inquiry endorsing Martin Ferguson’s plans to dump nuclear waste at Muckaty in the NT Traditional Owners were not given the opportunity to speak to the committee or even to lodge a submission. Ferguson continues to refuse requests to meet with Traditional Owners opposed to the dump.
Traditional Owners have initiated legal action in the Federal Court yet it seems likely that Ferguson will push ahead with his Radioactive Waste Management Bill early in 2011. The Bill overides state and territory laws, it overrides important federal Aboriginal heritage and environmental legislation, and it enshrines Muckaty as the only site under consideration despite the opposition of many Traditional Owners, the NT Government and many others. Radioactive waste dump protest at Martin Ferguson’s office | Indymedia Australia

February 9, 2011 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Peace medal awarded to Julian Assange

“Assange has championed people’s right to know and has challenged the centuries-old tradition that governments are entitled to keep the public in a state of ignorance.”…….

Julian Assange awarded Sydney peace medal, Sydney Morning Herald, February 2, 2011 In the estimation of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands alongside the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Continue reading

February 9, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties, people | | Leave a comment

Pressure on Australian government to support Julian Assange

“This has breached his legal and human rights and all police protocols.”

Assange’s mum takes fight to Rudd’s office  ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 10 Feb 2011,  The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says she is increasing pressure on the Federal Government to take up her son’s case. Continue reading

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Damning report on safety breaches at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights nuclear reactor

They pay lip service to safety, but they actually do nothing. There’s been many accidents and incidents that they have not reported or investigated.

Report slams Australian nuclear reactor Australian Broadcasting CorporationBroadcast: 08/02/2011 Reporter: John ThompsonA confidential report obtained by the ABC shows that Australia’s only nuclear reactor has under-reported accidents and breached safety precautions. Continue reading

February 9, 2011 Posted by | New South Wales, safety | Leave a comment

Aboriginals want a GENUINE study into Ranger uranium mine and water

Aboriginal people living in the area were worried about the health of their communities, wildlife and nearby world heritage listed wetlands. “The mining company – they wouldn’t listen to us,” she said…..The Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation which represents the Mirrar is now calling for a study into surface water that comes out of the mine…

ERA rejects ‘poison’ mine water worry – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Anna Henderson  Feb 9, 2011 A senior traditional owner in Kakadu National Park is calling on the Australian government to reject plans to expand the Ranger uranium mine. Continue reading

February 9, 2011 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Northern Territory, uranium, water | | Leave a comment

Prominent Australians call for stopping Northern Territory Intervention

AUDIO Plea for intervention into Intervention, ABC, The World Today, Rachel Carbonell reported this story , February 8, 2011 12 ELEANOR HALL: The Federal Intervention in the Northern Territory is under renewed attack today.The former chief justice of the Family Court in Australia, Alastair Nicholson, and the former prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, are just two people on a list of prominent Australians who are pleading for urgent changes.In their Statement on Aboriginal Rights, they say there hasn’t been adequate consultation, the Intervention remains discriminatory……….. Continue reading

February 9, 2011 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | 1 Comment

Attempt to censor Dr Helen Caldicott, in Canada

Barred’ from Port Hope: An interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, rabble.ca, By Cathryn Atkinson| February 8, 2011 Renowned Australian physician and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott has for four decades lectured around the world about the medical dangers inherent in the use of radioactive materials for nuclear energy and weapons. Her work was captured in the 1982 National Film Board of Canada short documentary, If You Love This Planet, which won an Oscar.

Last November, Dr. Caldicott was due to speak in Port Hope, Ont., when she found herself persona non grata there. Cameco, a producer of uranium fuel for nuclear power plants around the world, is a major employer in this town of 16,000 on Lake Ontario. Continue reading

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