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Anne Wharton- appalled at exclusion of Barngarla from nuclear waste dump decision-making: a national issue, not just local

Anne Wharton to Senate Committee on  National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 [Provisions]  Submission 43 
I am appalled at the Federal Government’s decision to site a nuclear waste dump at
Kimba. I am especially appalled that the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation
were denied the right to vote in the community ballot and the Federal Court has now
dismissed their appeal. The people in these communities have never been asked what they
think about having a nuclear waste dump on their land, and they need to be listened to.
This is a huge transgression of their basic human rights.
For the last 20 years, SA has had legislation prohibiting any nuclear waste dump being
established in SA (the “Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000”).
Recently the Federal Morrison Government has introduced legislation to over-ride this
legislation. This is appalling – another violation of every citizen’s basic human rights.
I urge the Federal Government to withdraw this Bill and observe the rights of all citizens.
As this affects every citizen of Australia, there should be a national inquiry into the need
for, and role of, a national nuclear waste dump in Australia.

June 13, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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