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Why the Australian government’s desperate frenzy to set up a nuclear waste dump on agricultural land? – theme for August 18

With breathtaking hypocrisy, the Australian government, fronted by its not terribly bright Resources Minister Matt Canavan, [ well he was until 24 August] is pouring $$$ and huge effort, into conning a small rural community into hosting a nuclear waste dump.

This is of course, a world-wide problem, wherever the nuclear industry exists. However, Australians, especially country Australians, are especially poorly informed on matters nuclear.

The government has taken advantage of that fact, and brainwashed the farming and pastoral communities of Kimba and Hawker into the belief that they’d be doing  a noble thing by their children, grandchildren and beyond, and of course –  saving Australia’s health system at the same time.

This nonsense is persuasive –  particularly so in this time of drought, when the prospect of tax-payer $millions, is dangled in front of the community.  especially nice for those “noble” souls, like pro-nuclear ex-politician Grant Chapman who offered their land.

Of course the Aboriginal people, custodians of this land for 40,000 years, don’t want the dump. But apparently Australia doesn’t really care about them, and the National Radioactive Waste Management Act overrides Aboriginal Heritage legislation.

The Senate received 112 submissions about this. The majority opposed the plan. We await the Senate’s report on 14 August.  The local communities will be voting on this later than  20 August. Now the Human Rights Commission is considering the rights of Aboriginal communities left out of the vote.  Then what?

And what goes on behind the scenes, with lobbying by the nuclear industry and the military?

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August 10, 2018 - Posted by | Christina themes

2 Comments »

  1. Love your so-true artwork and so true everywhere article. When people are struggling to survive they are willing to allow themselves to be fooled, too, in order to get a bit of money.

    Comment by miningawareness | August 13, 2018 | Reply

    • Thank you, miningawareness. Yes – the drought across Australia is really hitting farmers and pastoralists. Ironically, Kimba is not as badly affected as many other places. But they are still suffering, and see not much future for their children and grandchildren on the land. No wonder they see the nuclear industry as a godsend!

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | August 13, 2018 | Reply


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