Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Keep uranium in the ground!  

Keep uranium in the ground!  https://www.nature.org.au/get-involved/take-action/keep-nsw-nuke-free-no-uranium-mining/

Nuclear is part of the old, dirty and dangerous way of producing energy. In the age of cheap, reliable, clean energy, we just don’t need it. 21 Aug 20,

The media have reported that NSW Cabinet members have bowed to pressure from One Nation Leader Mark Latham and Nationals Leader John Barilaro to overturn a ban on uranium exploration and mining.

But there is still time for people like you and me to stop this disaster. Cabinet is set to make a decision this Monday (August 24), ahead of a vote in parliament.

WE URGENTLY NEED YOU to ask your MP to commit to voting down this terrible law.

Will you please also ask them to pressure their Party Leader to reject the plan and vote against it if it comes to parliament?

Uranium mining in other parts of Australia has left a terrible legacy of radioactive pollution, including in the Northern Territory where a massive $1 billion clean-up is underway at the Ranger mine in the middle of Kakadu national park.

Toxic uranium mining could become legal in NSW within weeks if your local MP supports a One Nation and National Party deal to overturn a 30-year ban.

August 22, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Senate Nuclear Waste Inquiry – the Public Hearing that is in fact a Secret Hearing!

Looks like the Public Hearing on Monday is “in camera” No program posted, but time set for 11.00am – 1.30pm Canberra time

August 17, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Saturday 15 August 2020 at 7:00 PM  Australian Premiere — No Extradition: Julian Assange’s Father & The Struggle for His Son’s Freedom

Saturday 15 August 2020 at 7:00 PM  Australian Premiere — No Extradition: Julian Assange’s Father & The Struggle for His Son’s Freedom

(Director, Pablo Navarrete, 36 mins, Alborada Films) + Q&A

Pablo Navarrete

Pablo is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is British-Chilean and founded www.alborada.net and he co-edits Alborada Magazine. Pablo is on Twitter as @pablonav1

John Shipton

Karyn Hemming

Karyn regularly attends Sydney Town Hall Gatherings to support Julian Assange and various other Assange rallies including in London, UK. Karyn is on Twitter as @H11Karyn.

James Ricketson

James is an Australian film director who in June 2017 was arrested while flying a drone over an opposition party (Cambodia National Rescue Party) rally in Phnom Penh. He was found guilty of espionage and sentenced to six years in a Cambodian prison. He spent a total of 15 months in prison until he was pardoned after receiving diplomatic assistance from the Australian government.

Mark is now mostly a lawyer but he was previously a well known Australian investigative journalist and foreign correspondent. He was consistently present with Julian Assange inside the so-called ‘bunker’ at the Guardian prior to the release of the Afghan War Logs.

David McBride

As a legal officer with the Australian Special Forces, during his second deployment to Afghanistan, David leaked secret defence force documents to the ABC which included reports of troops killing unarmed men and children. These documents came to be known as ‘The Afghan Files’. David is on Twitter as @MurdochCadell.

Tickets

Tickets are available for various sized donations ranging from $5.50 to $20.00. Tickets available here.  BY

Stephen Perrett https://medium.com/@GongSteve_19445/australian-premiere-no-extradition-julian-assanges-father-the-struggle-for-his-son-s-freedom-b5364229df45

August 13, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

 webinar South Australia – too good to waste! – tonight!

webinar South Australia – too good to waste!

Please join us on Wednesday 8 July from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm (AEST) to take a deep look at the current plans to both dump and store radioactive waste at Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

Speakers:

Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner, Vivianne McKenzie
Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC) Chair, Jason Bilney
Kimba grain grower and a leader in the local anti-waste campaign, Peter Woolford
Australian Conservation Foundation nuclear-free campaigner, Dave Sweeney

Wednesday 8 July

NSW/VIC/ACT/QLD: 7.30 – 9pm

WA 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm

NT/SA: 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Zoomhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/89732027745

For many years the South Australian community has said no to plans for national and international radioactive waste facilities. Now the town of Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula is being targeted by the federal government as a site for both the disposal and extended storage of Australia’s radioactive waste.

This webinar will explore some of the community concerns and actions and outline what is needed to advance a new and responsible approach to radioactive management in Australia.

July 8, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Petition -stop Kimba nuclear waste dump, establish full inquiry into nuclear waste management

Amendments to the Radioactive Waste legislation currently being considered by the Senate would lock in Kimba as the National Suppository & deny procedural fairness to the majority of Australians.

Petition the Federal Government to stop the censure of the existing democratic process which currently requires considering the voices of those who may be affected.

“I call on the Federal Government to not proceed any further with the site selection process and establish a full inquiry into all radioactive waste management options which has yet to be conducted.

In addition, it is imperative that all stakeholders within transport corridors be consulted. Communities should be fully informed of the relevant costs and benefits, throughout the transport chain, and offered the opportunity to have their say on the proposal.”

https://www.sarahhansonyoung.com/no_dump

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July 2, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

YELLOWCAKE COUNTRY – WEBINAR SERIES

Don’t miss the first Yellowcake Country webinar next Wednesday 10 June from 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm (AWST) | NSW/VIC/ACT/QLD: 7.30pm | NT/SA: 7.00 pm.

We’ll be hearing from international activists from Taiwan, India and Japan who will share their powerful stories of the impacts of the nuclear industry in their country that are being directly fuelled by Australian uranium.

Speakers include;

Dr.Vaishali Patil, Indian social activist who will speak on the anti-nuclear movement in Konkon region of Maharashtra state where they are working to stop the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant.

Shi Ting Chen, nuclear-free and climate justice campaigner, for Green Citizens’ Action Alliance (GCAA) Taiwan who work to improve the social justice and enhance environmental sustainability by promoting energy transition and creating a nuclear-free and coal-free society.

Tomohiro Matsuoka, Japanese, environmental, social and governance research consultant with extensive knowledge on the Japanese nuclear industry. Tomohiro has worked with victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and will share his story of visiting Fukushima in 2019.

The hour and a half format will include guest speakers presentation and plenty of time for questions and discussion. For more information on the event, click here.

This is an online-only event. Please use the video Zoom link to join: https://zoom.us/j/89620002692

This exciting webinar will facilitate the continued public debate about the risks and responsibilities of our involvement in the global nuclear trade.  We will bring together a powerful, united movement across the world to share stories for a nuclear free future.

June 5, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Don’t let the fossil fuel companies pull the strings in Australia’s policy making

May 23, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Webinar Registration Free Assange – Stop the Extradition

Webinar Registration Free Assange – Stop the Extradition Time   May 6, 2020 07:00 PM in London

 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ei2DGsIzTsex6XdoK50szg?link_id=5&can_id=3294684aa2f19f5e6bb632e712ba9105&source=email-3-vital-meetings&email_referrer=email_787333___subject_1060111&email_subject=3-vital-meetings

Organised by Greater Manchester Manchester Stop the War Coalition

Speakers:

Renata Avila – Wikileaks legal team
Tim Dawson – National Union of Journalists
John Rees – Stop the War Coalition
John Shipton – anti-war activist and Julian Assange’s father
Chair: Penny Hicks, Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition

Renata Avila is an international human rights lawyer and Co-convener of the Progressive International. She has been a part of the legal and advocacy team of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for more than a decade.

Tim Dawson is an NUJ past President and represents the NUJ and the International Federation of Journalists on the campaign against Julian Assange’s extradition.

John Rees is a writer, broadcaster and activist, one of the organisers of the People’s Assembly and co-founder of Stop the War Coalition.

John Shipton is Julian Assange’s father, an anti-war activist dedicated to the campaign to drop the extradition charge and see his son freed.

May 5, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Make Australia’s environment laws stronger- Have your say before submissions close Friday!

K-A Garlick,  Nuclear Free WA, 16 Apr 20

We have an opportunity to make our environmental laws stronger and better protect our unique wildlife. The panel of experts reviewing the EPBC Act law want to know what matters to you.

Have your say before submissions close Friday!

As we have seen in the case of Yeelirrie, our current environmental laws are failing.    There is a very real threat from the pro nuclear lobby group to remove the nuclear power ban and the uranium triggers from the EPBC Act. We are encouraging people to write in their submission to keep the ban on nuclear power and keep the uranium triggers.

There is a great website, Don’t Nuke the Climate that has all the information on making a submission.  Click here.

Also to assist you is a great interview with Dave Sweeney – Yeelirrie and the democratic deficit (RTR Understorey) and a video Yeelirrie – A case for environmental reform.

This once in a decade review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, known as the EPBC Act, could be the turning point for Australia’s unique and incredible wildlife.

Tell the expert panel, that you want stronger environment laws that keep the nuclear power ban and the uranium trigger and that protect wildlife, habitats and ecosystems.

Have your say before submissions close Friday!

April 16, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

There’s still time to make a submission opposing the nuclear waste dump!

Friendsof the Earth, 30 Mar 20 Please lodge a submission opposing the federal government’s nuclear waste dump plans

Thanks to the 700+ people who have already made a submission! The deadline has now been extended to 9 April 2020. 

The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill amends the National Radioactive Waste Management Act to specifically target South Australia for a national nuclear waste ‘facility’ ‒ a repository for low-level waste and an above-ground ‘interim’ store for long-lived intermediate-level waste including nuclear reactor fuel waste.

The Bill is deeply flawed and should be rejected. Among other problems, the Bill and the existing Act systematically disempower and dispossess Barngarla Traditional Owners who are unanimous in their opposition to the proposed nuclear waste facility.

Please make a submission on or before 9 April to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee which is holding an inquiry to the Bill.

The easiest and quickest way to make a submission is to simply sign our online submission, adding any comments you like. 

Click here to use our proforma

Alternatively, you can write your own submission and email it to: economics.sen@aph.gov.au

For information on the inquiry, click here.

For information on the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill 2020, click here.

March 30, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Webinar: Yeelirrie – A Case for Environmental Law Reform 

Nuclear Free WA In an effort to bring our community together, we are hosting a webinar: Yeelirrie – A Case for Environmental Law Reform

The focus of this webinar will review the Yeelirrie uranium mine assessment process as a case study on the urgent need for improved environmental laws that prevent political influence in decision making and improves the agility in the Commonwealth environment department to identify and classify threatened and endangered species.

We are only weeks away from the deadline to make a submission to the EPBC Act review. The outcome will set the pace of environmental protection over the next decade. It is critically important for you to have your say on the urgent need for improved environmental laws.  We have a stellar line up of speakers who will give some important insights to help with your submission.  More information here.

CCWA Director Piers Verstegen will outline the state assessment process and decision for Cameco’s Yeelirrie uranium mine proposal in the Northern Goldfields of WA.

Environmental Defenders Office, Ruby Hamilton will give an outline of the Yeelirrie court challenge.

Australian Conservation Foundation, Environmental Investigator, Annica Schoo will give an update on her FOI findings from the Federal environmental approval of the Yeelirrie uranium mine just days before the election was called.

Mia Pepper, Mineral Policy Institute will identify problems with the current assessment process in the context of the current review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Submissions to the EPBC Act review close on 16th of April and we hope this will give you important insights to help with your submission.

Date: Thursday 2 April  5:00 pm (awst) | NSW/VIC/ACT: 8 pm | NT: 6.30 pm | QLD: 7 pm | SA 7.30 pm 

March 28, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Nation Radioactive Waste Management Bill: Submission deadline extended to April 9

The deadline for submissions to the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill  has been extended from today to April 9.

The easiest and quickest way to make a submission is to sign Friends of the Earth’s online submission, adding any comments you like. Click here to sign the online submission.

Alternatively, you can write your own submission and email it toeconomics.sen@aph.gov.au

Here are the THREE MAIN POINTS to concentrate on with your submissions ……….courtesy of one of our state MP’S!

Kazzi Jai   Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges

Land Owner Nomination

Technical Suitability

Broad Community Support

 

See some submission tips below:

Stuck for what to write for your submission which closes tomorrow? Unfortunately I cannot credit the author of this as I cannot find the original post – biggest apologies! – please pm me if you know who it is – but this is straight to the point!

(1) Definition of immediate neighbours changed from one phase to the next .SHAME

(2) The term broad community support being determined by one minister’s definition .SHAME

(3) 2789 submissions from outside Kimba boundary acknowledged but obviously not considered in final decision .SHAME

(4) Community supporting members closer to the site than the township of Kimba not given a vote . SHAME

(5) Landowner able to nominate without first consulting with community. SHAME

(6) Site now characterised as a station to imply that it is in some kind of remote far away land . SHAME

(7) Calling high level waste intermediate . SHAME

(8) Implying that the Kimba community is somehow responsible for the ongoing production of nuclear medicine . SHAME

(8) Native title holders acknowledged but not considered in final decision . SHAME .

(9) ARPANSA guidelines regarding agricultural land completely ignored. SHAME

(10) Definition of radioactive waste now described as controlled waste . SHAME

(11) My descendants will be forced to apologise on behalf of a decision I did not make.SHAME.

(12) MONEY , MONEY, MONEY, may well have a happy rhythm to it, but what of the decision if there were no dollars attached . This process has left one part of our community joyous and the rest of us absolutely gutted. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME https://www.facebook.com/groups/941313402573199/

 

March 26, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Please lodge a submission against waste dump in South Australia

No Dump Alliance, Jemila Rushton 23 Mar 20,

We know that right now, you are likely doing all you can to keep families and communities safe, and trying to stay up to date with the important updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

While we are doing the same, and only just starting to imagine what campaigning in this era of COVID-19 might look like, there is a critical moment approaching in the campaign to stop the federal governments plan to dump nuclear waste in South Australia.

Please lodge a submission opposing the federal government’s nuclear waste dump plans on or before this Thursday, March 26.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill specifically target SA for a national nuclear waste ‘facility’ ‒ a repository for low-level waste and an above-ground ‘interim’ (indefinite) store for long-lived intermediate-level waste including nuclear reactor fuel waste.

The Bill is deeply flawed and should be rejected. Among other problems, the Bill and the existing Act systematically disempower and dispossess Barngarla Traditional Owners who are unanimous in their opposition to the proposed nuclear waste facility.

Please make a submission on or before this Thursday March 26 to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee which is holding an inquiry to the Bill.

Peter Woolford, chair of the No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA group, writes:

“As a farmer in Kimba I ask people to stand together with us in writing a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee. It is so important that this flawed process and legislation is called out as a totally unacceptable methodology of responsible radioactive waste management in Australia and the Bill should not be supported. By contributing a submission to the inquiry, we can all make a positive difference.” 

The easiest and quickest way to make a submission is to simply sign the online submission drafted by Dr. Jim Green from Friends of the Earth, adding any comments you like. Click here to sign the online submission. 

Alternatively, you can write your own submission and email it to: economics.sen@aph.gov.au

For information on the inquiry, see this link.

For information on the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill 2020, see this link.

We hope you are all safe, healthy and taking care of each other.

March 23, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

It is not too late to tell the Australian govt “NO” to South Australia nuclear waste dump

If you use the ACE template, please change at least some of the words and the heading, as the government counts multiple copies of the same email as a single submission.

Submissions close Thursday 26 March

The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill amends the National Radioactive Waste Management Act to specifically target South Australia for a national nuclear waste ‘facility’ ‒ a repository for low-level waste and an above-ground ‘interim’ store for long-lived intermediate-level waste including nuclear reactor fuel waste.

The Bill is deeply flawed and should be rejected. Among other problems, the Bill and the existing Act systematically disempower and dispossess Barngarla Traditional Owners who are unanimous in their opposition to the proposed nuclear waste facility.

 You can make a submission on or before Thursday March 26 to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee which is holding an inquiry to the Bill.

The easiest and quickest way to make a submission is to simply sign our online submission, adding any comments you like.  – Friends of the Earth

Click here to use our proforma

Alternatively, you can write your own submission and email it to: economics.sen@aph.gov.au

For information on the inquiry, click here.

For information on the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill 2020, click here.

March 19, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Submissions due by Thurs 26th March to Senate Nuclear Waste Inquiry

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch Australia  10 Mar 20, See David Noonan Input to Senate Nuclear Waste Inquiry, with nine Recommendations at p.4, available at:

https://nuclear.foe.org.au/…/uploads/nrwm-bill-david-noonan…

Public Submissions are due by Thurs 26th March with Inquiry to report by 12th June.

The “Inquiry into National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill 2020” webpage is at: https://www.aph.gov.au/…/…/Senate/Economics/RadioactiveWaste

Call on this Inquiry to hold public Hearings in South Australia and on Eyre Peninsula (not just in Kimba).

The Committee contacts are email: economics.sen@aph.gov.au and T: 02 6277 3540   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/

March 10, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment