Australian news, and some related international items

Modern Aboriginal farmer stands for Australia’s Senate

Today Michael Eckford aka Anderson launched his Senate campaign in NSW on the United Nations International Day for the World’s Indigenous People’s.

“I am standing for the Senate in NSW because I believe that Australia needs to find a New Way and free itself from being the last outpost of British colonialism. It’s long overdue for a strong Black voice to come forward and stand up for Environmental and Social Justice.”

Mr Eckford, a long-term Aboriginal and Human Rights activist, is a sheep and cattle grazing farmer on his traditional lands in northwest NSW. Continue reading

August 11, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear AREVA’s uranium $billions, or Koongarra’s environmental richness?

AREVA is currently seeking legal advice…..Jeffery Lee is the senior custodian of the land and the sole member of the Djok Clan. He feels that the land would be better off with the National Park than with the uranium mining company

Koongarra May Become ‘Off Limits’ for Uranium Mining By Joel Scanlon  11 August 2010, French multinational and industrial conglomerate AREVA might want to explore the Koongarra area of Northern Territory in Australia for uranium, but if the sole Aboriginal owner has his way the land would soon be part of the Kakadu National Park.

Uranium mining would then be banned in the wetlands Continue reading

August 11, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Northern Territory, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Labor govt will back Aboriginal Jeffrey Lee against nuclear giant AREVA

if re-elected, Labor would accept Mr Lee’s offer to incorporate the 1228 hectares of environmentally sensitive land he owns into world heritage-listed Kakadu.The move would block plans by French nuclear energy giant Areva to extract 14,000 tonnes of uranium from its mineral leases in the area

Aboriginal custodian turns back on riches, The Age, LINDSAY MURDOCH, DARWIN, August 11, 2010 AN ABORIGINAL traditional owner who could have become one of Australia’s richest people if he had allowed uranium mining on his land near Kakadu National Park says he is not interested in money. Continue reading

August 11, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia offers lukewarm support for action on global warming

The tiny island of Kiribati, which is already being swamped by rising sea levels, will host a meeting of “countries vulnerable to the impact of climate change” in a bid to forge a unified voice on the matter ahead of the Cancun summit.
Australia supports Pacific Is on climate, Sydney Morning Herald, NICKY PARK August 5, 2010 Australia supports its Pacific island neighbours when it comes to climate change and wants to see “fast-track financing” dedicated to the cause, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says. Continue reading

August 6, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, General News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Maralinga Aboriginal victims call on Australian govts for help

“When you’ve got families that lose their sight or they’ve got crippling and terminal cancers because of these tests, you know you’ve got fundamental problems,” he said.

“We can’t continue to only give access to justice for non-Aboriginal people.”

Indigenous group still fighting for Maralinga compo, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) 3 August 2010, The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement says it needs $500,000 to continue its fight for compensation for Aboriginal people affected by British nuclear tests at Maralinga in the 1950s and 1960s. Continue reading

August 4, 2010 Posted by | General News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Young activists spread anti-nuclear message across Australia

Since returning, solidarity bus riders have addressed public meetings in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong. Several are taking part in the Friends of the Earth Nuclear Freeways tour

Protesters issue warning on Olympic Dam expansion, Green Left Weekly, August 1, 2010, By Patrick Harrison After spending over two weeks on the road together, students and activists onboard the New South Wales “Indigenous Solidarity Ride” stopped at Olympic Dam on July 15 to protest against a proposed uranium mine expansion. Continue reading

August 2, 2010 Posted by | General News, uranium | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Julizan Burnside QC to lead Aboriginals’ legal action against nuclear waste dump

Lane Jangala has instructed Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Surry Partners and Julian Burnside QC, to commence proceedings against the use of the site for disposal of radioactive waste.

NT landowners appoint firm to nuclear waste legal action 27 July 2010 | by The New Lawyer “……The Traditional Owners have instructed law firm Maurice Blackburn and Surry Partners to commence a Federal Court challenge against the Federal Government and the Northern Land Council over the plan to build a nuclear waste dump on their land at Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek…… Continue reading

July 28, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aboriginals take Muckaty protest to Martin Ferguson’s electorate

Elders from Muckaty on Monday travelled to the seat of Batman in Melbourne’s north, calling for the waste dump to be stopped………….

Nuclear dump opposed by elders, Sydney Morning Herald, EDWINA SCOTTJuly 26, 2010 Aboriginal landowners have protested in Resources Minister Martin Ferguson’s electorate to oppose the establishment of Australia’s first radioactive waste dump on their land. Continue reading

July 27, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, uranium | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Legal action against Muckaty nuclear waste dump plan

Traditional owners take nuke dump fight to court ,  ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 26 July 2010, A group of Indigenous landowners from the Northern Territory is taking Federal Court action in Melbourne against a proposed nuclear waste dump.The Federal Government wants to build the dump on land at Muckaty Station, north of Tennant Creek. But traditional owners say there has been a lack of community consultation. High-profile barrister Julian Burnside will represent the group in the case.Traditional owners take nuke dump fight to court – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

July 27, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Still time to stop Muckaty nuclear waste dump

Country Liberals Senator Nigel Scullion says it is not too late to reconsider the most appropriate location for the waste dump.

Crossin rules out change to nuke dump stance – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Eleni Roussos  Jul 19, 2010 Northern Territory Labor Senator Trish Crossin says her party’s decision to build a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory will not change if it is returned to government. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, uranium, wastes | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Navajo’s fight to save water from uranium mining

They think in-situ mining will be done easily without contamination or accidents, but that is not the case.’

These wells are the sole source of drinking water for thousands of people that live in the area.”

Scientists Back Navajos’ Uranium Mining Fight: Tribe fears contamination of drinking water BRENDA NORRELL Indian Country 19 July 2010, RED ROCK, N.M. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | uranium, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stop BHP’s expansion of Olympic Dam Uranium Mine

Zane Alcorn, said their purpose was to highlight the catastrophic effects the mine and its planned expansion would have on traditional owners, their land and future generations…..tens of thousands of gigalitres of water per day is being sucked out of the Artesian Basin on Arabunna land to service the mine,”

Protesters gather at mine site, Sydney Morning Herald, July 16, 2010 An anti-nuclear protester has chained himself to a four-wheel-drive blocking the road to BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia’s far north. Continue reading

July 17, 2010 Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, South Australia, uranium | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anti-nuclear Aboriginal is Greens Senate candidate

He says he wants to represent Territorians in the fight against the proposed nuclear waste dump at Muckaty station and the federal intervention.

Greens choose entertainer as Senate candidate, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Kirsty Nancarrow  Jul 14, 2010 The Greens have chosen the award-winning Central Australian entertainer Warren H. Williams as its Northern Territory Senate candidate for the upcoming federal election. Continue reading

July 15, 2010 Posted by | Northern Territory, politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anerican Indian tribes resist nuclear waste storage

Tribes: Nuclear waste can’t be stored at Hanford, Google hosted news, (AP) – 15 July 2010, RICHLAND, Wash. — Northwest American Indian tribes say highly radioactive waste cannot be permanently stored at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site. Members of the Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Wanapum tribes on Wednesday addressed a commission appointed by President Barack Obama to examine U.S. disposal of radioactive waste. It was prompted by his decision not to proceed with the Yucca Mountain waste repository in Nevada…..

The Associated Press: Tribes: Nuclear waste can’t be stored at Hanford

July 15, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forcing Aboriginals off their land in the interests of uranium mining

A monster has been created in our name called the Mining Industry, we all benefit from it, but not nearly as much as the Mining Magnates who run and control them. Our silence in the face of such blatant land grabs is no longer acceptable – we can no longer be innocent bystanders in our own country.

Terry Fitzpatrick Homily July 4 2010 NAIDOC WEEK » St Mary’s “……… ….Under the new Northern Territory Housing laws, and with the suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act, Aboriginal people living on their own country who receive any form of Centrelink income support are being forced to give up their control of their land. Continue reading

July 10, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, uranium | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment