Australian news, and some related international items

Story of David Bradbury’s nuclear/uranium journey on film

A first wave of David Bradbury’s critically acclaimed filmography is now available for immediate streaming video on


ON THE FRONTLINE: A ScreenZone interview with David Bradbury, 15 Jan 13   “……DB: My current film examines the three stages of the nuclear film cycle on a very personal level. It started when I met an aboriginal woman called Isabelle Dingamah (sic) about four years ago, and I started to film her story. She is one of the traditional custodians of the land at Roxby [Downs]. As a little girl she’d had the British atom bomb dropped on her and her family when she was 18-months-old. It’s kind of Shakespearian.

It’s unfolded organically, which is how I make my documentaries, and filmed as I go. Continue reading

January 17, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, media, Resources | Leave a comment

Inspirational New Book – “Loving This Planet”

Together with some of the most brilliant thinkers and inspiring advocates of our time, including Maude Barlow, Bill McKibben, Daniel Ellsberg, Lily Tomlin, and many others, Caldicott—whom Meryl Streep has called “my inspiration to speak out”—scrutinizes our unsustainable dependence on nuclear energy and the absurdity of nuclear arms and seeks to raise awareness about other planetary issues, including deforestation, sea-level rise, and privatization of water reserves.

Loving This Planet Leading Thinkers Talk About How to Make a Better World HELEN CALDICOTT paperback $17.95

God bless Helen Caldicott. LOS ANGELES TIMES  Ever since quitting her job as a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School in 1980, Helen Caldicott has worke d tirelessly for a safe, sustainable, nuclear-free planet, most recently by hosting a weekly radio show featuring environmentalists and leading activists from around the globe.

Together with some of the most brilliant thinkers and inspiring advocates of our time, including Maude Barlow, Bill McKibben, and many others, Caldicott—whom Meryl Streep has called “my inspiration to speak out”—scrutinizes our unsustainable dependence on nuclear energy and the absurdity of nuclear arms and seeks to raise awareness about other planetary issues, including deforestation, sea-level rise, and privatization of water reserves.

In these stirring conversations, we hear from Martin Sheen on the power of grassroots movements and the ability of unionized labor to influence politicians; Jonathan Schell, bestselling author and contributing editor to The Nation and Harper’s Magazine, on key environmental and economic fallacies; and award-winning nuclear engineer Arjun Makhijani on transitioning to a society based completely on renewable energy, omitting the need for fossil fuels or nuclear power. Continue reading

June 14, 2012 Posted by | Resources | Leave a comment

Australian aboriginals’ complex system of conserving land, water, and biodiversity

Bill gives meaning to ‘Wagga’, The Daily Advertiser, 04 Apr, 2012  ,A WAGGA-educated academic historian returned to town at the weekend giving residents a new insight into the ‘Wagga Wagga’ name. Professor Bill Gammage from the Australian National University was invited to speak by the Wagga and District Historical Society about his latest publication telling those in attendance ‘Wagga’ means more than just ‘place of many crows’.

 His book, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, explores the discovery that Aboriginal people managed the land in far more systematic and scientific ways than ever before realised using a complex system of land management in fire and life cycles of native plants to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year.

“It argues that Aborigines organised plants and distributed them in a way that would allow them to organise animals,” Mr Gammage said. “So when you take the name Wagga, which means place of many crows, it would actually be describing the landscape so they would know what it looked like,” Mr Gammage said. “They knew it meant there were plenty of crows, which meant there were lizards, snakes and grasslands which led to tubas and bulbs and a lot of open grass country.”…. .


April 5, 2012 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Resources | 1 Comment

Australian mining companies’ dirty history at home and overseas

Book Review, by Antony Loewenstein, The Sunday Age magazine, 1 April 12,  Dirty Money, by Matthew Benns,  “…. Benns documents a litany of dirty deals, grubby environmnetal catastrophes and health scares. Tghe only conclusion from this essential bookis that Australia has a bipartisan belief in giving the resource industry whatever it wants and screwing the long term expense”

April 1, 2012 Posted by | Resources | Leave a comment

Country, culture, and the resources boom

Gladys Milroy protecting country and culture through storytelling, ABC North West W.A. By Elise Batchelor, 9 March, 2012  Between the lines of this children’s book is a much bigger story about culture and country…… there’s a quiet achiever writing a powerful tale tackling big issues. The mining resources boom in northern Western Australia is such an issue. And Aboriginal elder Gladys Milroy, along with daughter Professor Jill Milroy, has written a story on the subject to charm and challenge children and adults alike….

the tale told of the relationship between these outback animals and dingo’s tree holds a far deeper wisdom. For it’s mining
which has plundered the landscape, destroying the balance between development and the natural environment. In reading the story, it’s therefore perhaps useful to remove one’s hard hat and wonder – how far is too far with the resources boom?…

…”Dingo’s Tree” is published by Magabala Books.  Gladys and daughter Jill Milroy, Dean of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia, co-authored this tale born of manyvisits to their country out Nullagine, Marble Bar way.

March 10, 2012 Posted by | Resources | Leave a comment

Australia leading in renewable energy research

VIDEO   7.30 – ABC    Aussie scientists lead race for renewable fuel 7.30 –   ABC , 14 April 11, LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: With the price of fuel hitting $1.50 a litre, there’s a growing push to develop renewable alternatives. Scientists in Australia are part of the global race to develop new biofuels. In fact researchers here claim to be leading the world with a project turning waste into oil. But investment in such technologies is slow while industries wait for further detail on the proposed carbon tax. Continue reading

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Resources | Leave a comment

Dr Helen Caldicott refutes George Monbiot on nuclear radiation

If you inhale a millionth of a gram of plutonium, the surrounding cells receive a very, very high dose. Most die within that area, because it’s an alpha emitter. The cells on the periphery remain viable. They mutate, and the regulatory genes are damaged. Years later, that person develops cancer…..It’s imperative that people understand that internal emitters cause cancer, but the incubation time for cancer is any time from two to 60 years. …

VIDEO Nuclear industry propaganda about low-level radiation is “absolute rubbish” says physician who taught at Harvard Med School — It’s all about internal emitters (VIDEO) « Energy News Energy News, HELEN CALDICOTT 4 April 11, : … Up to a million people have already died from Chernobyl, and people will continue to die from cancer for virtually the rest of time. What we should know is that a millionth of a gram of plutonium, or less, can induce cancer, or will induce cancer. Continue reading

April 4, 2011 Posted by | Resources | 3 Comments

“Our Generation” – film shows NT intervention as land grab for uranium mining

What lay behind the government’s action? “We believe that this government is using child sexual abuse as the Trojan horse to resume total control of our lands,” argues Pat Turner of the National Indigenous Television station.

Saban goes on to note that Australia holds vast mineral resources, including 40 per cent of the world’s uranium, and that mining is the Northern Territory’s largest industry.

Our GenerationMorning Star (UK) Directed by Sinem Saban  01 February 2011, by Ian Sinclair “………..The documentary’s central focus is the Canberra government’s controversial “intervention” in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory in 2007. Continue reading

February 4, 2011 Posted by | Resources | Leave a comment

Aboriginal artists put spotlight on Northern Territory Intervention

….“The NT Intervention contravenes 25 articles under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and 20 articles under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights……..Whatever your opinion of the Intervention, this show will inform and provoke.

iNTervention Intervention
Curated by Teena McCarthy and Brendan Penzer
The Vanishing Point gallery
565 King Street, Newtown, Sydney
January 13-30

Artists challenge NT intervention whitewashing | Green Left Weekly, January 25, 2011 By Lauren Carrol Harris, Sydney “……..iNTervention Intervention, an art exhibition featuring the response by artists to the ongoing Northern Territory intervention into Aboriginal communities, brings the spotlight back on a crucial but rarely discussed political issue. Continue reading

January 26, 2011 Posted by | Resources | 1 Comment

Film faces the question of storing radioactive waste for thousands of years

The new film is a startlingly beautiful and mind-bending provocation that asks the questions, “how can we possibly store nuclear waste safely for 100,000 years, and how will we explain to future generations not to open the storage facilities.”

International Film Circuit to Take Radioactive Danish Doc On Tour of US/Canada – indieWIRE, NY (JANUARY 18, 2011) International Film Circuit announced today that it has acquired US and Canadian theatrical rights to “Into Eternity,” Continue reading

January 19, 2011 Posted by | Resources | Leave a comment

Scientists and the ethics of uranium and nuclear weapons

Considering Australia, he argues, is a country with abundant uranium reserves, our scientists should refrain from activities that have the potential to indirectly aid the production of nuclear weapons

The Responsible Scientist: A Philosophical Inquiry, Eureka: Ethics Research, Australian Museum, December 2010, WINNER – The Responsible Scientist Setting a Moral Compass for Scientists As atomic bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the final stages of World War II in 1945, the world witnessed the devastation that science could inflict on humankind.Since that moment, countries around the world have been called to account on their nuclear weapons programs. But what responsibility rests on the shoulders of the scientists who make such grand-scale destruction possible? Continue reading

December 6, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, religion and ethics, Resources | Leave a comment

New DVD from Germany, about Olympic Dam uranium mine

The DVD specializes in the truth of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam (Roxby) uranium mine in northern South Australia–the world’s greatest uranium deposit.

The Reality About The Largest Uranium Mine in Australia, Bukisa, Oct 25th, 2010 by scotmxncmoe Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Resources, uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia’s economy needs new renewable energy industries, not fossil fuel ones

Relying on our fossil fuels for energy and future wealth is no longer a sensible option…Despite the claims of the fossil-fuel lobby, renewable energy can provide a vital new industry and energy source to power Australia’s economy day and night

Where’s the vision that will take us to a brave new world?, The Canberra Times, BY FIONA ARMSTRONG20 Aug, 2010 Call me fussy, but I have always expected leaders to provide leadership……while we’ve seen plenty of special interests in this election campaign, we haven’t seen much that captures what might be best for all of us…. Continue reading

August 25, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, Resources, solar, wind | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bernie Hobbs’ zero emissions electric car

ABC Radio National – Life Matters – Home Page
Bernie Hobb’s electric car, ABC Radio National – Life Matters 9 August 2010,

Electric car – Science Show – 7 August 2010 because the cars charge overnight when the turbines are going anyway, you’re just using power that’s otherwise just produced for no reason whatsoever. The thing is, if you’re doing it for that reason and if you’re not using green power you’re really defeating the purpose. So you’re pumping just as much carbon dioxide into the air, but you’re not pumping the things that they call Noxs and Soxs, nitrous oxides and sulphur dioxides, which are the things that make the brown colour in smog. So, less of the pollutant, and if you’ve got 100% green power, zero emissions.

August 10, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, Resources | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dianne Stokes questions Prime Minister on nuclear waste dump

VIDEO Nuclear Waste Dump – QandA Community Video, 9 Aug 2010, My name is Dianne Stokes NampinI am a Traditional Owner for Manuwangku, the Muckaty Land Trust where you want to put a nuclear waste dump.We have told Minister Ferguson over and over that we do not want it.That country is very important to us and we want to keep it clean.My question is, why are you not listening to the Traditional Owners and Elders who say we do not want the waste dump? Nuclear Waste Dump – QandA Community Video

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Resources | , , , , , , | Leave a comment