Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Determined Aboriginal opposition to plan for Federal Nuclear Waste dump in rural South Australia

National waste dump: Aboriginal groups share support as ballot closure approaches, https://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/6504879/national-waste-dump-aboriginal-groups-share-support-as-ballot-closure-approaches/?fbclid=IwAR04J6eadTBu0gBqaT8IBVIo6jvv3wTo0hjnEbTqvbhRDJg6jOPdravwG2w, Amy Green, 21 Nov 19,

November 21, 2019 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste dump for South Australia a frightening prospect

Dump the dump  “DUMP in decades” raises some frightening issues (The Advertiser, 19/11/19).

In my opinion, anyone who is greedy enough to vote for a nuclear dump for financial gain is a traitor to South Australia.

Let’s keep our state as nuclear free as we possibly can and fight against being Australia’s waste dump.

CHRISTINE PIERSON, Kensington Park

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/the-advertiser-sunday-mail-letters-to-the-editor-november-1824/news-story/7bcce03c3362669717669b993fafb916  

November 21, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Aboriginal group votes against nuclear dump, but government department warns that they cannot veto it

Barngarla ballot shows “no support” for facility  https://www.eyretribune.com.au/story/6503108/barngarla-ballot-shows-no-support-for-facility/?fbclid=IwAR1RVmemtqtKZXMRSYPUS85sTAmPayhMAFzTL4b-uCB2YLHVA5FZL80fW8E, Rachel McDonald 20 Nov 19,

The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC) have announced the result of a separate ballot on the two proposed Kimba sites for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

The BDAC recently conducted a confidential postal ballot of its members through independent ballot agent Australian Election Company, asking voters the same question posed to residents of the Kimba District Council area in a ballot which concluded earlier this month.

The Kimba district ballot returned a 61.58 per cent ‘yes’ vote and 38.42% ‘no’ vote.

Of 209 eligible voters in the BDAC ballot, all Barngarla native title holders, 83 valid ‘no’ votes were counted, with zero yes votes returned.

The BDAC board said the result showed native title holders were not supportive of the facility.

“This unanimous “No” vote demonstrates that there is absolutely no support at all within the Barngarla community for the NRWMF,” the board said in a statement.

The BDAC has written to resources minister Matt Canavan advising him of the result.

“BDAC has requested that given the first people for the area unanimously have voted against the proposed facility that the minister should immediately determine that there is not broad community support for the project,” the board said.

“In light of this total rejection of the NRWMF by the Barngarla people, it is BDAC’s responsibility to continue to give voice to the profound concerns Barngarla traditional owners have regarding the NRWMF, and to take whatever steps are necessary to oppose the NRWMF being located on Barngarla Country.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science said the ballot would be considered alongside other consultation.

“We will consider the results of the Barngarla’s own ballot alongside the ballot of people who live in Kimba, as well as submissions received, neighbour and business surveys, and direct feedback including at our drop-in offices over several years.

“The department has said on numerous occasions that the facility will only be delivered alongside a community that broadly supports it, that no single metric or number will determine the level of support, and that no one group or individual will have a right to veto the facility.

The spokesperson said the minister and the department had been working closely with relevant Indigenous representative groups throughout the consultation process and had previously offered to finance a ballot.

“Those conversations are in some instances ongoing.

“With respect to heritage, while native title on both of the Kimba sites has been extinguished, expert heritage consultants were engaged by the department to conduct an independent desktop assessment of Aboriginal cultural heritage, and confirmed no registered heritage sites in or surrounding them.”

Community submissions on the proposed facility will remain open until December 12.

November 21, 2019 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Bushfires flare and temperature records fall amid catastrophic conditions in South Australia

Bushfires flare and temperature records fall amid catastrophic conditions in South Australia, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-20/south-australia-bushfires-catastrophic-conditions-live-updates/11706204  South Australia is experiencing catastrophic bushfire conditions, with emergency warnings issued as crews battle fires fanned by gale-force winds.

Look back at how events unfolded in our blog…..

November 21, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Political manipulations- the Swedish allegations against Julian Assange

We need to ask ourselves why the focus is not on the crimes perpetrated by those involved in war crimes. Why is an Australian citizen being subjected to US espionage laws even though he was never on US soil? More importantly, why should an Australian citizen have allegiance to the US?

Australia and the Morrison government now face the stark choice. Do we defend an Australian citizen facing rendition and an effective death sentence, because of Trump – a President facing impeachment. Or do we abandon him?

The Swedish case against Assange was always political,  https://www.theage.com.au/national/the-swedish-case-against-assange-was-always-political-20191120-p53cgs.html,By Greg Barns and Alysia Brooks, November 20, 2019 It is almost a decade since Julian Assange woke to discover, on the front page of a Swedish newspaper, that Swedish authorities had decided to pursue him on allegations of sexual misconduct. Immediately, Julian presented himself to the police station to make a statement and clear his name. After speaking with prosecutors, he was told he could leave the country; so he did.

It was only after his arrival in London that an Interpol notice was issued for his arrest. In the meantime, Assange sought and was granted asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy on the grounds that he would be subjected to grave human rights abuses should he be extradited to the US. Despite years of his legal team requesting that Swedish authorities provide assurances that he would not be extradited onwards to the US, the opportunity for Assange to formally clear his name was never afforded to him. Nor was the right to the presumption of innocence. Many in the media still falsely claim that charges were laid. It was trial by media.
The political nature of the Swedish case became apparent from the beginning. As early as 2013, emails from the UK Crown Prosecution Service, released under Freedom of Information, demonstrated that the prosecutors wanted to drop the case. However, pressure was placed on them to keep it open – and they were told not to get “cold feet”. The London-based organisation Women Against Rape point out that the case was pursued with “unusual zeal” and concluded it was only  pursued for the simple fact that he has uncovered war crimes.
Let’s make one thing clear, any sexual misconduct allegations should be treated seriously. But, as Women Against Rape and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture point out, this case was never about protecting the women involved; it was about ensuring the focus was kept off the war crimes that  WikiLeaks exposed, and assassinating Assange’s character.
The decision now to drop the investigation is welcome news for Assange and his legal team, and removes the possibility of extradition from Sweden to the US. However, the fact remains that an Australian citizen is being pursued by the Trump administration for political purposes and is facing serious human rights violations if extradited to the US.

Currently, Assange is held on remand in Belmarsh prison, in conditions that are exacerbating his already fragile health, and impeding his ability to prepare his defence. He is facing unprecedented charges under the US Espionage Act, for allegedly carrying out actions that journalists and publishers engage in as a part of their work. He is facing 175 years – an effective death sentence – for allegedly engaging in journalism.

And let’s not forget the material that was exposed by WikiLeaks. The releases included evidence of war crimes, including torture and unlawful killings, perpetrated during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the Guantanamo files, which demonstrated that the majority of men, and children, were being held and tortured at the prison, even though they were innocent of any crime.

We need to ask ourselves why the focus is not on the crimes perpetrated by those involved in war crimes. Why is an Australian citizen being subjected to US espionage laws even though he was never on US soil? More importantly, why should an Australian citizen have allegiance to the US?

Australia and the Morrison government now face the stark choice. Do we defend an Australian citizen facing rendition and an effective death sentence, because of Trump – a President facing impeachment. Or do we abandon him?

Greg Barns is a barrister and adviser to the Australian Assange Campaign. Dr Alysia Brooks is a human rights and due process advocate.

November 21, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties | Leave a comment

Journalists beware! Australia now a surveillance state

November 21, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties, legal, media, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

Survey showed environment and climate to be Australian children’s top concerns

November 21, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, environment | Leave a comment

Climate change will make fire storms more likely in southeastern Australia

Climate change will make fire storms more likely in southeastern Australia  https://theconversation.com/climate-change-will-make-fire-storms-more-likely-in-southeastern-australia-127225, Giovanni Di Virgilio, Research associate, UNSW, Andrew Dowdy, Senior Research Scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Jason Evans, Associate Professor, UNSW, Jason Sharples, Associate Professor, School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, UNSW Australia, UNSW, Rick McRae, Researcher, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, ACT Emergency Services Agency

November 20, 2019  Temperatures across many regions of Australia are set to exceed 40℃ this week, including heatwaves forecast throughout parts of eastern Australia, raising the spectre of more devastating bushfires.
We have already heard warnings this fire season of the possibility of firestorms, created when extreme fires in the right conditions form their own weather systems.

Firestorms are the common term for pyrocumulonimbus bushfires – fires so intense they create their own thunderstorms, extreme winds, black hail, and lightning.

While they are very rare, our research published earlier this year, found climate change is making it likely they will become more common in parts of southeast Australia.

We also identified certain regions in southern and eastern Australia, including near Melbourne’s fringe, that in the second half of this century will be far more vulnerable to these events than others. Continue reading

November 21, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

Fukushima operator accused of cover-up over ‘contaminated’ water set to be poured into the Pacific

Fukushima operator accused of cover-up over ‘contaminated’ water set to be poured into the Pacific, Telegraph UK,   Julian Ryall, Tokyo, 19 NOVEMBER 2019

November 21, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Holtec ‘s so-called “temporary” nuclear waste dump will be of little benefit to the state

“There is no guarantee that high-level nuclear waste can be safely transported to and through New Mexico.”

“There is no guarantee that this site will truly be ‘interim’ and won’t become the permanent dumping ground for our nation’s nuclear waste.”

“I’ve never understood what the rationale was for transporting this nuclear waste for these many miles all the way down to New Mexico. I don’t have an answer as to why it can’t be stored close to where it was created,”

“We really have to think about our land use, to think about being able to build other kinds of businesses that don’t end up spoiling the land and air,”

November 21, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Cannon-Brookes says $20bn solar project will be “lighthouse” to world — RenewEconomy

Mike Cannon-Brookes says huge solar and storage project will test the limits of engineering, but serve as a “lighthouse” project to the world. The post Cannon-Brookes says $20bn solar project will be “lighthouse” to world appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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November 21, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

November 20 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “PURPA Is Undermining The Clean Energy Transition. Colorado Has A Better Way” • The Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act, passed over 40 years ago to address the oil embargo, incentivize renewable energy, and alleviate uncertainty in the energy market, has laudable goals, but it made renewable energy expensive. Colorado has a better way. […]

via November 20 Energy News — geoharvey

November 21, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cannon-Brookes, “Twiggy” Forrest lead capital raise for world’s biggest solar project — RenewEconomy

Australian billionaires back early funding for “world’s largest” solar project, and the 3000km cable that will link it to customers in Singapore. The post Cannon-Brookes, “Twiggy” Forrest lead capital raise for world’s biggest solar project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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November 21, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

North Queensland set to unlock hydrogen export potential — RenewEconomy

More than 150 local, national and international business and industry leaders attended Queensland’s first regionally based Hydrogen Industry Forum in Townsville today. The post North Queensland set to unlock hydrogen export potential appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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November 21, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Renewables supply 30% of NEM demand over entire week for first time — RenewEconomy

Renewables reach 30 per cent of demand on Australia’s main grid for whole week for the first time. The post Renewables supply 30% of NEM demand over entire week for first time appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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