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Protest in Darwin – the beginning, not the end, of the fight against Muckaty nuclear waste dump

Even if the Federal Court dismisses the action from the traditional owners, the fight to stop the waste dump going ahead will not end

Darwin protest against Muckaty waste dump http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8438426/darwin-protest-against-muckaty-waste-dump  9 News  Mar 20 2012  Federal government plans to build a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory amount to “radioactive racism” and ignore the wishes of indigenous people, a protest has been told.

About 50 people, many carrying placards, joined the lunchtime rally
outside the NT Parliament in Darwin on Tuesday to protest plans for a
toxic waste dump at Muckaty, near Tennant Creek, in Central Australia.

Co-ordinator of the Environment Centre NT, Stuart Blanch, told the
crowd many Aboriginal people from where the site was planned did not
want it there.

“It is radioactive racism inflicted on them against their will,” Dr Blanch said.

While the Northern Land Council is in favour of the proposal, some
traditional owners of land around Muckaty Station have opposed the
dump and taken action in the Federal Court to try and stop it going
ahead. Dr Blanch later told journalists Australia had signed
international agreements that ensured radioactive waste should not be
dumped on the land of indigenous people without their consent.

Even if the Federal Court dismisses the action from the traditional owners, the fight to stop the waste dump going ahead will not end, Dr Blanch says.

“I think you will see blockades on the highway and I think you will
see people invading the land at Muckaty to oppose the waste dump,” he
said.

Legislation to allow the dump to be built was passed by federal
parliament earlier this month with bipartisan support.

Donna Jackson who is an Aboriginal woman from the Larrakia people, who
traditionally own the land where Darwin is located, said the views of
elders from Muckaty Station had been overlooked.

She said the waste would transfer through Larrakia land to get to
Muckaty and she appealed to the government to stop the dump from going
ahead.

March 20, 2012 - Posted by | Northern Territory, Opposition to nuclear |

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