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Brewarrina residents step up campaign against proposed nuclear dump.

22 Feb 18 Brewarrina residents, including Ngemba people with local cultural responsibilities, are stepping up their campaign against the proposal for national nuclear waste dump in the region. 

silent vigil will be held during the Council meeting at 8:30am this Friday February 23, followed with a rally on Saturday morning at 9:30am.

In November 2017 the Brewarrina Council revealed that a delegation had traveled to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney and subsequently engaged pro-nuclear consultant Robert Parker.

Trish Frail, a Ngemba woman who is coordinating the local campaign to oppose the dump, said the community was shocked by the proposal.

“This nuclear facility will not benefit our town, the community or the environment,” Ms Frail said. 

“Ngemba people are custodians for the Ngunnhu Fish Traps. The site is claimed to be over sixty thousand years old and is heritage listed, being the oldest man-made structure in the world.”

“The Biami Traps were once a great gathering site for all clans to trap fish and to host corroborees, initiation ceremonies, and meetings for trade and barter.”

“A lot of our younger generation are talking about moving away if a nuclear dump is built on our land, they will lose our culture and our lore, this must not happen. The young people have been helping.”

“Brewarrina will not become a nuclear dumping ground for the Australian Government. We say No Nuclear Bundabunda (poison) on Ngemba Land – Bad Poison,” Ms Frail concluded. 

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February 22, 2018 Posted by | aboriginal issues, ACTION, New South Wales | Leave a comment

Fringe opening night – join us to make the nuclear waste dump a state election issue!

The Federal government still wants to build a nuclear waste ‘facility’ in SA. Some of this nuclear waste is toxic for hundreds of years and some for thousands of years. All of it all poses risks to the environment, to nearby communities and to many thousands of people along transport routes. We continue to say no to a nuclear waste dump in our state.

With the South Australian elections coming up, we need to put the pressure on politicians to act against this waste dump! There are going to be plenty of people in the Mall on the 16th for the Fringe, so join us to hand information leaflets and have discussions with people. We’ll have radiation suits and placards, so it should be an attention grabbing demonstration.

Friday, February 16, 2018, 5 pm in Rundle Mall (King William end), Adelaide, Kaurna Land. #dontdumponsa

February 14, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Peace Boat with nuclear bomb survivors arrives in Sydney

Nuclear bomb survivors glide into Sydney on Japan’s Peace Boat  Japan’s 11-storey Peace Boat, that advocates for nuclear disarmament, has entered Sydney Harbour. 5 Feb 18, 

The 11-storey vessel is visiting Sydney as part of its ‘Making Waves’ tour, which is exploring the devastating humanitarian consequences of the use and testing of nuclear weapons.

Survivors from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster were also onboard.

“The world is closer to nuclear war today than it has been in decades,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Alix Foster Vander Elst said in a statement .

The Peace Boat, welcomed by the Maritime Union of Australia and Uranium Free NSW, entered the harbour at 7am on Monday.

Later in the day, a rally will be held outside official government offices, urging the Australian and Japanese governments to sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The Japanese survivors and Indigenous survivors of the 1950s British nuclear weapons testing at Maralinga in South Australia will address the midday rally at the Australian Government offices and the Japanese Consulate-General.

February 5, 2018 Posted by | ACTION, weapons and war | Leave a comment

ARPANSA considering components in radioactive trash dump- asks for your comments

This process is about determining the nature of the material to be dumped in the proposed x3 SAust radioactive suppositories.

Currently there is no official determination about what is actually to be accumulated there – hence the delay in remediating the leaking drums @ Woomera & failure to properly inform the local communities.

Also thereby wrongfully expecting them to sign off on an unknown quality/quantity.

Submissions close Feb 23

ARPANSA is engaging in public consultation on the draft Code for Disposal of Solid Radioactive Waste (Radioactive Waste Disposal Code).

Start/End Date:
Thursday 21 December 2017 – 09:00 to  2 March 2018 – 17:00
ARPANSA invites people and organisations interested in the disposal of solid radioactive waste to tell us their views on this topic. Have Your Say Now –  more

February 3, 2018 Posted by | ACTION, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

Making waves in Melbourne February 1st

Tomorrow 6 PM · ACMI · Melbourne, VIC

On the opening night of the Sustainable Living Festival, Making Waves features the powerful tales of nuclear survivors from Japan and Australia, travelling aboard Peace Boat’s voyage to Australia from 24 January – 6 February 2018.

The Governments of both countries have not yet signed the new nuclear weapons ban treaty. Inspiring civil society movements are demanding their leaders reject these weapons of mass destruction and abide by the new international legal norm.

Free event. Registrations essential. Speakers: –

  • Miyake Nobuo, survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima –
  • Hasegawa Hanako and Hasegawa Kenichi, former dairy farmers evacuated from Itate village, Fukushima –
  • Karina Lester, Yankunytjatjara-Anangu second-generation nuclear test survivor –
  • Scott Ludlam, former federal Senator and ICAN Ambassador

January 31, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

7 February – Adelaide – NO Nuclear Waste Dumps  – A STATE ELECTION ISSUE

Protest Action @ 122 Pirie Street 17:45 February 07 2018

 We defused Js International Radioactive Bombshell, but at a cost to the State of 10+ million bucks. Don’t let that money be a complete write off – one of the recommendations from the NFCRC was “… both broad social consent and specific community consent must be obtained for any new nuclear activity to commence in South Australia”.

This finding was tabled & accepted by both houses of the State Parliament in October 2017.

The Federal Govt continues to pursue the placement of radioactive waste in SA, which constitutes ‘new nuclear activity’: therefore any State Government has a recognised obligation to ensure ‘both broad social consent and specific community consent’.


The current incumbent JW has failed to heed his constituency – whilst the Marshall Liberals have said diddly squat. And who knows what the X-men would deliver?

The Public Service Association of South Australia will be hosting the 3 Amigos in an Election Event at their HQ Feb 7.

South Australians, The fight did not end with the Citizens Jury Outcome. If you do not want this State to be a waste dump & want your voice heard: then you must continue standing steadfast against the nuclear spin cyclists.


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January 29, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia



Right now, the Peace Boat is on its way to Australia. The Making Waves speaking tour will feature second-generation nuclear test survivor Karina Lester, ICAN Ambassador Scott Ludlam, hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and former dairy farmers from Fukushima, all travelling aboard the floating international peace village. Join the tour and help us amplify the call for Australia and Japan to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.


Thursday 25 January 12-2pm

Foley Hall, Mouat St (between High St and Croke St) at Notre Dame University

Register here.


Monday 29 January 6-7:30pm

Gallery Yampu, 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead

Register here.


Thursday 1 February 6-8pm

The Cube, ACMI

Register here.


Friday 2 February 12:30-2pm

Parliament Lawns, Salamanca Place. In the event of wet weather, we will move the event into Parliament House.

Free event. Register here.


Monday 5 February

PROTEST: Sign the nuclear weapon ban treaty! at 12:30pm, on the corner of Bent St and O’Connell St, Sydney CBD, in view of the Australian and Japanese Government offices. BYO broken nuclear umbrella.

PUBLIC FORUM and PERFORMANCES at 6-8pm, Redfern Community Centre.

Register here.

Follow ICAN Australia’s journey aboard the ship on our TwitterInstagram and Facebook pages.
We look forward to Making Waves with you for the nuclear ban treaty.
ICAN Australia.

January 17, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

8 December: Australian Federal government intervention into Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal communities

 ‘On Friday 8th December in Redfern,
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) will host a public forum
– Human Rights: Where are they? Ten years of failed Intervention
– featuring two strong First Nations voices from the Northern Territory 
and other speakers from the eastern states.’


Aunty Elaine Kngwarraye Peckham, Apmereke-artweye of Mparntwe, NT

Laura Lyons, Wiradjuri Woman: Instrumental in assisting to form FIRE (Fighting In Resistance Equally) and was involved in setting up GMAR Sydney Branch (Grand Mothers Against Removals)

Sylvia Purrurle Neale, Eastern Arrernte

Greg Marks, International human rights law expert, specialising in Indigenous rights. Policy analyst, researcher and writer. Centre Associate, Indigenous Law Centre UNSW

Facilitator:  Jeff McMullen, journalist and film maker

Friday, 8 December 2017, 5.30 pm for 6 pm start

Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street Redfern

December 6, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

 Add your name to our petition calling for a Fair Price for Solar.

It’s been a week since the Turnbull Government announced the “National Energy Guarantee” (NEG) and still we’re being kept in the dark about what this policy will mean for rooftop solar. The NEG doesn’t say a word about Australia’s 1.7 million solar households. Not. A. Word.

As it stands the policy will concentrate power in the hands of the big retailers while leaving solar owners in limbo about what it means for their clean, homegrown power [1].

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that the same companies who’ve been ripping off solar owners for years should get any more power. Will you add your name to our petition for a Fair Price for Solar?

Solar owners have tapped into the power of the sun to take back control of their energy bills; they shouldn’t be left wondering what every new energy policy announcement will mean for their household budget.

A Fair Price for Solar provides balance and removes uncertainty – it means everyone with panels on their roof gets a fair return for the power they feed back to the grid. No ifs, no buts.

In South Australia, since the Essential Services Commission deregulated the minimum feed-in tariff, some retailers have recognised the benefits that solar owners bring to the grid, but many continue to get away with underpaying solar owners for their clean power [2].

Solar on the roof is good for the hip pocket, good for the environment and good for the grid, by lowering peak demand. But the way the system is set up means that big business enjoys the benefits of all that clean power – it’s rigged.

Will you help build momentum by adding your name to our petition that calls for a Fair Price for Solar?

The Federal Government is trying to flog a plan that ignores everyday Australians who are providing clean, affordable electricity to the grid. Worse still, they’ve set renewable targets so low that they might end up rapidly slowing the rollout of rooftop solar [3].

But with 1.7 million households across Australia with rooftop PV, if we work together, you and I can make sure rooftop solar is pushed into the light.

Let’s make sure the little guys don’t lose out again. Add your name to our petition calling for a Fair Price for Solar.


October 25, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Farmers for Climate Action – Stop compulsory acquisition of grazing land  for Adani’s private rail line

Petitioning Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Stop compulsory acquisition of grazing land
for Adani’s private rail line

~ Farmers for Climate Action

‘My name is William Graham and I’m a fifth-generation grazier
on a cattle station near Emerald in Central Queensland.

‘This week the Queensland government has compulsorily acquired
3568 hectares of agricultural land in this region,
for Adani’s private rail line to their proposed Carmichael coal mine.

‘Graziers and farming families are coming to grips with the news
that parts of their properties will no longer belong to them.
The nuisance factor is enormous.
Properties will be split apart, and
access to water and facilities more difficult. … ‘

Read more of this petition, including background here:

October 25, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Farmers for Climate Action: a plea to save Queensland’s water from Adani coalmine guzzling it

Petitioning Queensland Premier Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Rescind Adani’s Unlimited Water License
and support Aussie farmers!

~ Farmers for Climate Action

‘As Queensland farmers, water is crucial for our livelihoods.
As our climate gets hotter and drier, our water resources are even more precious.
We call on the Queensland Premier to rescind the
unlimited, free 60-year water license they are proposing to grant to the Adani coal mine. … ‘

Read Background to this petition here:

October 25, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Melbourne 17 October: Dirty Deals 10 Years On ‒ The story of Uranium Mining in Malawi

Dirty Deals 10 Years On ‒ The story of Uranium Mining in Malawi
Tuesday October 17, 6.30pm to 8pm
Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St, Collingwood
Guest speaker: Reinford Mwangonde from Citizens for Justice, Malawi. 
Reinford has challenged Perth-based mining company Paladin Energy’s Kayelekera uranium mine in Malawi, the heart of Africa, since before the licence was granted in 2007. The history of the mine has been littered with worker deaths, spills and leaks, and conflict between Paladin and the surrounding community.
Now the mine has been put into care-and-maintenance and Paladin Energy has gone bust and been put into administration.
Will the Kayelekera mine site be rehabilitated ‒ or will it remain a toxic eye-sore and a testament to the appalling history of Australian mining companies operating in Africa?
Please join Friends of the Earth and Reinford Mwangonde for this important discussion.
Contact: Jim Green 0417 318 368,
Snacks and drinks provided.
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October 8, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

The #StopAdani Movement is uniting for  a BigDayOfAction Sat7October

‘The #StopAdani movement is uniting for a big day of action on Saturday 7 October.

‘Together, we’re building an unstoppable movement in our campaign to #StopAdani, which our politicians are trying to ignore.

‘If we want to move beyond coal, we’re going to have to spell out #StopAdani to our politicians.

‘That’s why we’re asking you to join forces in creating human signs so big that they can’t be ignored at iconic locations across Australia!

‘We’re literally going to spell out #StopAdani.  ‘Think big, think iconic, be creative and let’s make this massive!’

October 2, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Unlocking the truth about Lockheed Martin- weapons maker

 Lockout Lockheed‘s event.   Lockout Lockheed Martin forum
 Important event in Melbourne, Sunday October 8, 11am to 2pm.Arts Hall Parkville, Victoria, Australia 3052

Not only do we have US military bases that are an integral part of the global military industrial complex, but weapons manufacturing companies like Lockheed Martin are entrenching themselves more and more in our society. Australia is playing a large and growing role in global warfare, and universities are increasingly offering our best minds to this voracious industry.

Unlocking the truth about Lockheed Martin
Public,    Hosted by UMSU Environment Collective and Lockout Lockheed

September 29, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

19 August South Australia event “We Say No To Nuclear Waste Dump”

This Saturday August 19 the No Dump Alliance is hosting the ‘We say NO’ event that will hear from speakers from the Flinders Ranges and Kimba region. Event details here:


Note: The Alliance was formed in 2016 to challenge the threat of an international nuclear waste dump in SA. Traditional Owners, unions, church, environment and other civil society groups worked together on a successful community campaign to end this threat and have now committed to continuing these efforts in relation to any planned national dump in SA – see:

August 18, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment