Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Secret history of Maralinga nuclear bomb tests

text-from-the-archivesThe half-life of plutonium is 24,000 years. At this rate of decay, the Maralinga secret-agent-Austlands would be contaminated for the next half-million years.…..A variety of factors underlay the harm to public health, Aboriginal culture and the natural environment which the British tests entailed. Perhaps most significant was the secrecy surrounding the testing program….There seems little doubt that the secrecy in which the entire testing program was cloaked served British rather than Australian interests…..Information passed to Australian officials was kept to the minimum necessary to facilitate their assistance in the conduct of the testing program. The use of plutonium in the minor trials was not disclosed……

A toxic legacy : British nuclear weapons testing in Australia, Australian Institute of Criminology. “…… Three days after the conclusion of the Totem trials, the Australian government was formally advised of British desires to establish a permanent testing site in Australia. In August 1954, the Australian Cabinet agreed to the establishment of a permanent testing ground at a site that became named Maralinga, Continue reading

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December 23, 2016 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, history, secrets and lies, uranium | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian govt in a dilemma over radiation airport scanning

Canberra-based Civil Liberties Australia spokesman Tim Vines said the authority was behaving like a ”government agency mad with power”……

Govt promises X-rays won’t be naked scanners, The Canberra Times, JULIEANNE STRACHAN, 28 Nov, 2010 New X-Ray body scanners could be rolled out at Australian airports in just a few months, but the Federal Government has promised they will not be the same as the ”naked scanners” which have caused outrage in the US. Continue reading

November 29, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, health | , , , | 1 Comment

Skin cancer- special risk for Australians

The skin cancer time bomb, Sydney Morning Herald, November 26, 2010“……………..Skin cancer doctors say the key time frame between sun damage and skin cancer is 10 to 15 years.They urge young people to have yearly skin check ups and consider what impact skin cancer could have on their futures and life long dreams.

SOME SKIN CANCER FACTS…………..read more at  Skin cancer facts

November 26, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, health | , , , | Leave a comment

Airport radiation scanning – skin cancer risk

unlike other scanners, the radiation from these devices is delivered at low energy beam levels, with most of the dose concentrated in the skin and underlying tissue. “While the dose would be safe if it were distributed throughout the volume of the entire body, the dose to the skin may be dangerously high,”

Full-body airport scanners ‘as likely to kill you as terrorist bombs’ By Kate Schneider  news.com.au *November 26, 2010 CONTROVERSIAL full-body airport scanners are just as likely to kill you as a terrorist’s bomb exploding on your plane, a leading scientist says. Continue reading

November 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

A legal setback, but British nuclear veterans will fight on

“I’m convinced that if we took this to the European Court of Human Rights, we would win our case…..We are fighting for justice – not money.

A-bomb vets vow to continue fight  Shields Gazette, John Taylor witnessed atomic tests in 1957.  23 November 2010 By Terry Kelly DISAPPOINTED nuclear test veterans in South Tyneside are set to fight on for justice Continue reading

November 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian soldiers exposed to depleted uranium at Maralinga

An Australian royal commission first discovered the use of depleted uranium in atomic tests at Maralinga some 14 years ago, but the government failed to take any action at the time.

Depleted uranium used at Maralinga, Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 23 Nov 10, Australian Government Confirms Depleted Uranium Used in 1950s The Australian Federal Government announced that it will conduct a health study of Australian volunteers who worked at Maralinga, a British nuclear test site. Continue reading

November 23, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, uranium, weapons and war | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

UK legal case – nuclear veterans’ claim is far from over

the fact that Mrs Sinfield’s case concerning her late husband Bert can take place in a full court hearing where all the scientific evidence held on ionising radiation damage to health will be revealed is good news .

THE IRON FIST OF JUSTICE Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 23 Nov 10, from Dennis Hayden A partial victory in the appeals verdict is all we needThis message has been sent to Members of Parliament . That is , the legal team is fully supportedby all nuclear veterans and widows in efforts to get the nine test cases excluded to be allowed to go to full high court trial . Continue reading

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

British govt has partial legal win against nuclear veterans

The High Court in London ruled Monday that just one out of 10 test cases, representing more than 1,000 claimants, was entitled to proceed to a full trial. The remaining nine cases had been launched outside a legal time limit, it said…..However, lawyers for the claimants indicated that they would take the case to the Supreme Court in Britain.

British government wins partial victory in nuclear test claim case, Monsters and Critics, Nov 22, 2010, London – The British government Monday claimed a partial victory in a long-running legal battle over compensation for ex- servicemen involved in 1950’s nuclear tests in Australia. Continue reading

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radiation sexism – pilots exempt from scanning, flight attendants not

Unions representing both groups are advising their members not to go through the scanners because of concerns about radiation exposure. The dose per scan is trivial, but radiation exposure is cumulative.

(USA) TSA Sexism: Pilots’ Junk Off-Limits; Flight Attendants’ Fair Game, Big Think, Lindsay Beyerstein on November 22, 2010, Pilots who shun full body scans are exempt from the TSA’s new “enhanced” body searches. Flight attendants are not. Their respective unions complained about the searches, but only pilots got an exemption. Continue reading

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Australia’s stupidity over skin cancer and radiation

Ain’t it great! Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world!  You can see how stupid we are, at any beach, with bodies determinedly exposing themselves to ultra-violet radiation and skin cancer.

Well, the Australian government is either just as stupid as the public, or perhaps banks on the apathy of Australians. Australia is to compund our skin cancer risk by installing the radiation “back scatter’ scanning security at airports. bad luck for airline crews and frequent flyers.  We won’t even get thge choice of a pat-down (that might be a bit embarrassing, but its not cancerous). If you keep up with news on the radiation scanners – their biggest risk is that of skin cancer.

But never mind – Australia can keep on winning in the world skin cancer stakes! – Christina Macpherson

November 22, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia and ionising radiation – National Skin Cancer Action Week

National Skin Cancer Action Week 21 – 27 November With summer on the doorstep, National Skin Cancer Action Week (21 to 27 November) aims to raise awareness of skin cancer in Australia.“Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with more than 430,000 new cases each year,” said Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Ian Olver. “Sun protection needs to be part of our everyday routines and the Cancer Council range of products has been carefully designed to make looking after ourselves in the sun easy, practical and fashionable.”The major cause of skin cancer is too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes in summer sun so it is important to protect skin from UV radiation. Press Release: National Skin Cancer Action Week 21 – 27 November

November 22, 2010 Posted by | General News | , , | Leave a comment

World renowned Arkaroola Wilderness still threatened by uranium mining

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary director Marg Sprigg says the overhaul of the state’s mining laws has done little to beef up environmental protection. “Unless further conditions are imposed in any licence to explore for uranium within Arkaroola, bulldozers can again move in, carving tracks through fragile environments and flattening steep slopes to create closely spaced drilling pads,”

Arkaroola mining measures criticised, The Advertiser, ADAM TODD November 22, 2010 ARKAROOLA Wilderness Sanctuary is still under threat from miners despite new laws aimed at penalising those who breach exploration and mining licences, the sanctuary’s director says. Continue reading

November 22, 2010 Posted by | environment, South Australia, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Body parts destroyed, as UK hid evidence of nuclear veterans’ radiation effects

What happened to the removed body parts , organs and tissue ? The Redfern Report states they were destroyed .A very convenient destruction of evidence……the Redfern Inquiry shows the NRPB was explicitly and deeply involved in the process to remove of body parts from the corpses , examining them for radiation damage and then destroying the evidence ….It is corruption by officials on an epic scale …..

What the UK veterans think – RedfernPaul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 22 Nov 10 “……… just when we UK nuc vets needed it , another nail has been hammered into the Ministry of Defence’s cold war policy of excluding nuclear test veterans, our premature widows and genetically damaged children from truth and justice .The Redfern Inquiry Report Continue reading

November 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Colorado Town Council opposes uranium mill

the chief concern for the town is the danger a uranium mill could pose to the region’s water and air quality….“The increased presence of radionuclide particles that will contaminate our surface water bodies, currently used as our municipal drinking water source, is of critical concern to the Town of Telluride.”….because it could affect the tourist population, he said, it endangers Telluride’s economy.

Town of Telluride protests uranium mill Town pens letter to CDPHE Telluride Daily Planet, By Katie Klingsporn, November 21, 2010 A group of environmentalists from the Telluride region has been hustling for more than a year to protest a uranium mill proposed to go up in Paradox Valley, a lonely, windswept valley in western Montrose County. Now, the Telluride Town Council is hopping aboard the opposition movement. Continue reading

November 22, 2010 Posted by | uranium, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian Aboriginal owners petition against nuclear waste dump

Dianne Stokes, a traditional owner from the area, says community members, along with the Australian Conservation Foundation, have delivered a petition with more than 2,000 signatures to federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson.

Traditional owners petition against nuclear dump ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Nov 19, 2010 2 Traditional owners say they are ramping up their fight against a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment