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Katrina Lester: major South Australian Aboriginal groups not consulted in Kimba nuclear waste dump decision

Katrina Lester, Submission No 49  to Senate Committee Inquiry on National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020  I, Karina Lester make this submission on behalf of concerned members of the the
Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (YNTAC) (SCD2006/001), the
De Rose Hill – Ilpalka Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (DRHIAC) (SCD2005/001), the
Tjayiwara Unmuru Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (TUAC) (SCD2013/001), and the First
Nations of South Australia Aboriginal Corporation (FNSAAC).

At this stage, the aforesaid concerned members are opposed to the National Radioactive Waste Management National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020. This is on the basis that there has been no engagement or consultation with the aforementioned concerned members, or the organisations of which they are a part.

While we acknowledge that the specified site for the radioactive waste management facility lies in the Barngarla Native Title Determination Area, this land has significance for a wider group of Aboriginal people, including members of YNTAC, DRHIAC, TUAC and FNSAAC.

The Bill overrides the proposed use of the specified site is thus a matter of significance for Aboriginal people
from across South Australia, whose non-native title rights and interests would be affected by
the construction and operation of a radioactive waste management facility at this site.

We particularly wish to raise concern about the way section 34GB overrides  the application of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (ATSIHPA) and the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBCA), in relation to the activities authorised under section 34G of the Bill.

Many of the activities contemplated by section 34G have the potential to be highly destructive to Aboriginal sites and objects which would otherwise be protected by ATSIHPA. These activities also have the potential to cause serious environmental damage of the kind that would otherwise be prevented by the EPBCA. Parliament should not allow the introduction into legislation of provisions that undermine the fundamental objects and functionality of essential legislation like the ATSIHPA and the EPBCA.to be negotiated for damage to the heritage and environment of our ancestors. Should our ancient rights and interests be overridden, we will take appropriate action in in court to ensure
justice for our people and their environment.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss further this submission if requested. Please feel
free to contact me by email at: in this regard.

Yours sincerely,
Karina Lester
Director: Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
Tjayiwara Unmuru Aboriginal Corporation
Member: De Rose Hill – Ilpalka Aboriginal Corporation
First Nations of South Australia Aboriginal Corporation
Lodged on behalf of Karina Lester by:
Osker Linde
Deputy Principal Legal Officer
South Australian Native Title Services

April 27, 2020 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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