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Labor and Liberal Party leaders for Barkly, NT, both oppose Muckaty nuclear waste dump

Barkly candidates united against Muckaty, ABC Alice Springs  By Emma Sleath (Cross Media Reporter), 24 May 12 They’re on opposite sides of the political divide but Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy and Country Liberal Party  candidate Bec Healy stand united on Muckaty.

The CLP’s candidate for the Barkly, Bec Healy says she does not want to see the proposed nuclear waste facility at Muckaty Station go ahead. “I know some of the traditional owners out at Muckaty…and you have to be sensitive with how people live, that’s their life and I’m willing to support them,” she says.

The Federal Government put forward the proposal to build a radioactive waste management facility at Muckaty Station in 2008. The station is located 120kms north of Tennant Creek and leased from Indigenous landholders.

Ms Healy stands united with current Labor  Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy who maintains his strong opposition to the proposal.

“This is prime cattle country, this is important Indigenous land, this is a very important part of the Territory’s future, it doesn’t need to be contaminated with nuclear material,” he says.

Both candidates stand against their own parties federally on the issue……

Last week the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) announced their opposition to the Muckaty proposal, saying that they will actively support any trade unions ‘refusing to cooperate with the implementation of the policy.’…..

“Why put it over the top of our water table?”  says local business owner Wayne Walsh

“I don’t think they realise that we’ve got so much water underneath up here…one mistake and the whole territory’s dead, all the water’s gone.”……..

May 24, 2012 - Posted by | Northern Territory, politics

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