ABC Conversations interview: Liz Tynan on the secret history of Maralinga British nuclear testing on Australian ground: cover-ups, aftershocks and contamination. Dr Liz Tynan is a science writer, and senior lecturer at the James Cook University Graduate Research School.
In the 1950s and 60s, Australia’s then Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, agreed to provide land and support to the British nuclear test program.
At Maralinga in South Australia, the British exploded seven mushroom cloud bombs (the ‘major trials’).By doing so, they became the world’s third nuclear power, and created some of the most contaminated land on the planet.
Elements of the program were shrouded in secrecy. Prior to 1978, most people had never heard of Maralinga.
Then whistle-blowers and journalists began to expose the extent of the environmental and human costs of the program.
Listen now or download podcast at: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2016/08/09/4515140.htm (49min 21sec audio.)
Is the international community poised to outlaw the most destructive weapons ever created? In this episode, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons reports on the progress made at the May session of a special UN working group on nuclear disarmament in Geneva. There the vast majority of nations declared a readiness to start work on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.
We talk about Nuclear and Peace Issues; follow the most current news on nuclear issues in Australia.
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Should SA accept 70,000 tonnes of radioactive waste from 37 countries?
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Let us decipher the recent developments in disarmament diplomacy for you: tune into the Radioactive Show every Saturdaymorning at 10am on 3CR (855AM), or get the podcast at www.3cr.org.au/radioactive.
We delve deeper into the world of disarmament diplomacy, examining landmark United Nations talks that began in Geneva, Switzerland, in February. The new working group is gathering for three sessions this year to discuss how to take forward disarmament negotiations, and a ban treaty is front and centre. This is Part 1 in a two-part report, featuring an interview with Ray Acheson from Reaching Critical Will.
Saturday 9th April at 10am: UN talks to prohibit nuclear weapons #2
We continue exploring the landmark discussions in the UN working group, laying the groundwork to negotiate a new instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons. This process is challenging the nuclear weapons possessors and their faithful allies, like Australia. Listen in to what happens behind the UN’s doors. This is part 2 in a 2-part report, featuring an interview with Richard Lennane, Chief Inflammatory Officer with Wildfire.
Produced by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, spoken by Tim Wright.
China’s State Grid Eyes Australia (VIDEO) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-04-01/china-s-state-grid-eyes-australia April 1, 2016
It has more than one billion customers and sales bigger than Apple’s and Boeing’s combined. But not many people have heard about State Grid. It’s a Chinese-owned power company with ambitious plans to expand, especially in Australia. Bloomberg’s James Paton reports on “First Up.” (Source: Bloomberg)
THE DEATH OF NUCLEAR POWER http://www.ecoshock.info/2016/01/the-death-of-nuclear-power.html
SUMMARY: Lead author of “World Nuclear Industry Status Reports” Mycle Schneider on new Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Famous activist Helen Caldicott on plan to make S. Australia a world nuclear dump; and dangerous nuke waste in St. Louis, Missouri. Radio Ecoshock 160127
A tiny but powerful number of scientists, applauded by a few famous greens, urge us to accept nuclear power. They see it as the salvation of our civilization, our climate, our future.
It isn’t happening. As you’ll hear, nuclear power is shrinking, not expanding. World-wide, major nuclear companies are going bankrupt, or soaking up billions more of your taxes, or both.
Expert Mycle Schneider looks into secrets of the Great Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Remember, after Chernobyl and Fukushima, an accident anywhere in the world can irradiate the Northern Hemisphere. China’s new untested reactors are your reactors. Their radiation can land in your backyard.
All our lives, we’ve been told the problem of storing nuclear waste for a million years will be solved by science and technology. Instead, you will hear how hot waste from 70 years ago continues to threaten and poison a suburb of St. Louis Missouri. Dr. Helen Caldicott also reports on the mad rush to turn beautiful South Australia into a nuclear waste dump for the world.
Boiling water with reactors has become a time-bomb, a failed technology, a path better not taken, a threat and a burden to all succeeding generations.
This is Radio Ecoshock. I’m Alex Smith.
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It would certainly be beyond their comprehension that any community, any government, would actually volunteer to take other countries’ nuclear waste, which remains radioactive for thousands of years. Yet in Australia, this is what nuclear proponents, the SA premier, and now the prime minister are backing.
South Australia’s Royal Commission has refused Australian environmental movement experts ACF and Friends of the Earth permission to appear. On 8 December Rose Lester, a second-generation Yankunyjatjara nuclear survivor, found her own plea blocked by Commissioner Scarce.
Fears and fictions in SA’s nuclear waste tussle, Eureka Street, Michele Madigan | 10 December 2015 The long anticipated arrival of reprocessed nuclear fuel rods in the first week of December has thrown the spotlight again on Australia’s nuclear industry. Greenpeace’s highlighting of the deficiencies of transport gives little hope that government plans will fit with the usual assurances of ‘world’s best practice’ in this, the world’s most dangerous industry…….
At a screening last month of his film Containment, Harvard Professor Robb Moss agreed with me regarding the ‘providence’ of its timely showing to Australian audiences. Five years in the making, Containment shows, among other sequences, how the US is attempting to tackle the massive problem of dealing with their own high level radioactive waste.
It includes interviews with government officials and regulator personnel amid their attempts to contain the radioactivity for the expected 10,000 years — a time frame that will embrace ‘people who will not share our language, our nation and even our civilisation’. It’s unsurprising that the oft repeated phrase from those from the nuclear industry was that ‘the hardest thing is to get the community onside’. Continue reading
http://www.3cr.org.au/radioactive/episode-201511281000/hill-end-hiroshima This week we tune into the radioactive waste dump debate in Hill End, near Sally’s Flat, an area that is suddenly in the spotlight for being one of six potential sites for the national radioactive waste dump. We speak with Jodie Carter from the No Central West Nuclear Waste Dump Committee and Nat Wasley from the Beyond Nuclear Initiative. Further afield, we speak with Yankunytjatjara woman Karina Lester, in Japan for the World Nuclear Victims Forum. – See more at
Podcast from www.3cr.org.au, under ‘Radioactive Show’
Featuring recordings taken at the ‘Renewables not Radioactive ‘ forum held in the Port Augusta, South Australia, on 19th October 2015. Listen to an eloquent summary of Australia’s history of struggle against remote radioactive waste dumping, up to the present push, as outlined by Dave Sweeney from the Australian Conservation Foundation. Hear Gillian and Enice Marsh, both Adnyamathanha women, dissect misleading ‘community engagment’ approaches taken by corporations and government when consulting with Indigenous peoples. Plus passionate comments made from audience members at the forum.
Prince Charles to attend Paris climate change summit, ……http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4342148.htm ABC Radio The World Today Lisa Millar reported this story on Friday, October 30, 2015
KIM LANDERS: Prince Charles has announced he’ll be attending the UN climate talks in Paris to urge leaders to send an unequivocal message to the world. With a month to go, organisers of the talks say there still some thorny issues to be thrashed out but they’re confident of an agreement. What they’re desperate to do is avoid the failures of Copenhagen where hopes were raised and negotiations then collapsed.
Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports.
LISA MILLAR: More than 80 world leaders have confirmed they will be in Paris on November the 30th for the opening session.
The French President has asked them to arrive at the start of the 12 day summit, rather than the end, hoping that change of tactic will help avoid the shambles seen in Copenhagen.
Prince Charles has announced he’s accepting an invitation to speak on the first day.
PRINCE CHARLES: Paris will be an absolutely crucial milestone, as you all know better than I, in the long overdue international effort to keep to a two degree world.
Although I think that everyone realises that this cop will be the beginning of a new phase in the process, not, not the end in itself.
It must, however, send an unequivocal long-term signal to the international community and to global markets that the transition to a low carbon, sustainable climate-compatible economy is firmly and irreversibly underway.
LISA MILLAR: The Prince of Wales has been an environmental advocate for more than 40 years, and has long argued that profound changes are needed to save the planet from the risks of global warming.
Between now and Paris, he’ll be visiting New Zealand and Australia, and meeting Commonwealth heads of government in Malta.
PRINCE CHARLES: The two degree world is therefore still, just, if we stretch every sinew, by setting a proper price for carbon, within reach.
It seems to me that we must build on all that has been achieved to date by establishing a whole new set of strong partnerships for action between forest countries and regions, donor governments, civil society and the private sector.
The policy and governance drive to reduce deforestation can come only from forest countries, with the benefits being of almost incalculable value both locally and globally. ……
Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground − and part graphic novel −Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.
Directors / Producers Peter Galison and Robb Moss will participate in an interactive discussion along with national nuclear-free campaigners following the film screening.
Wednesday, November 11, 7pm to 9pm
Loop: 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne (off Bourke St)
To book tickets: http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/containment_film_screening
$10 concession / $15 waged / $25 solidarity
ACF nuclear campaigner Dave Sweeney talks to RT International
18 October 2015. In 1995, South Australians were dazzled by the prospect of becoming the ‘Saudi Arabia of the South’ because of the state’s large uranium deposits and the prospect of a global nuclear power renaissance. Twenty years on, national anti-nuclear campaigner, Dr Jim Green looks at how the nuclear renaissance is going, how the number of power reactors has declined and how Australia’s uranium industry today accounts for just 0.2% of national export revenue.
The talk coincides with the start of the royal commission into the nuclear fuel cycle in Adelaide.
… features Tauto Sansbury (2015 NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award) reporting back on a meeting between 16 Traditional Owner groups in South Australia and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Followed up by some recordings from a panel discussion at the Environmental Film Festival’s Melbourne screening of the documentary on radiation and nuclear waste, ‘Containment’, featuring Dave Sweeney (Nuclear Free campaigner with ACF and Dr.Margaret Beavis (President of MAPW).
Download program (28 min) at http://www.3cr.org.au/radioactive/episode-201509261000/uncertain-future-containment-radioactivity
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Dennis Matthews, 24 Aug 15 Watched the final episode tonight. The Canadian-Australian physicist comes up with the inevitable physicists conclusion, we need nuclear energy. This program takes the cake for outright sneekiness. After looking at the aftermath of Chernobyl and Fukushima any normal person would have no alternative but to conclude that nuclear is a non-starter.
Along the way, the physicist-turned-journalist contradicts himself when he acknowledges that in cases of (ionising) radiation it is difficult to make a connection between cause and effect and that (like asbestos) the deaths may come many years after the event, yet a few minutes later he definitively claims that no one was killed by (ionising) radiation at Fukushima. This is straight out of the nuclear industry handbook.
He also interviewed a pro-nuclear medical researcher who was allowed to state unchallenged that low doses of (ionising) radiation MAY be good for you and that the human species has adapted to background ionising radiation. Given that we have, at the moment, no way of distinguishing many cancers and birth defects caused by ionising radiation from those caused by other agents (e.g., chemical) then these are outrageous statements and do no credit either to the medical researcher or to the scientific credentials of the journalist.
All-in-all a fairly crude attempt to sway public opinion. Given its timing I would have to conclude that this is another piece of pro-nuclear propaganda timed for the Scarce debacle.