Nuclear dump opposed from Muckaty to Melbourne

Community opposition to Martin Ferguson’s nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station continues to grow. About 40 people convened at short notice outside Martin Ferguson’s electoral office on High Street Preston in a colourful protest of speeches, song and street theatre. ‘Martin Ferguson’ gets ‘splashed’ with Muckaty nuclear waste in the street theatre performed outside his office.

Many of those present were constituents of Martin Ferguson’s electorate of Batman. It was also noticeable the level of support given to the protest by drivers on High Street. While Martin Ferguson occupies on of the safest Labor seats in Australia, it is plain he is out of step with many of his electors over the nuclear waste Dump.

Under a huge inflatable white elephant speakers told the story of Martin Ferguson, the Minister for energy and resources imposing sweeping powers to over-ride state and territory laws and to bypass federal environmental and aboriginal heritage laws.

Many of the indigenous Ngapa people and traditional owners from other Muckaty groups oppose the nuclear dump. Even the NT Labor Conference in April 2008 called for the exclusion of Muckaty on the grounds that nomination “was not made with the full and informed consent of all traditional owners and affected people and as such does not comply with the Aboriginal Land Rights Act.”

Dave Sweeney, nuclear campaigner with the Australian Conservation Foundation said “One of the most pivotal fundamental things for a responsible and effective long term radioactive waste management regime is to have a high level of community consent and social licence. You don’t do that by passing legislation that cuts across people’s rights, that overides state and territory laws, that takes away peoples rights to go to court and seek procedural or legal redress or recourse.”

“You don’t do that by not meeting with people, not consulting with people. You don’t do that by having confidential documents or commercial in confidence and you refuse to release to the Australian people, the Australian parliament, or most insulting of all, traditional owners whose family names will be on that document and who do not know that contents.” said Dave Sweeney.


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