Click to download Invitation for unionists to meet with Muckaty Traditional Owners

Motion passed unanimously by 50+ MUA Sydney Branch members, 31 January 2012:

The Maritime Union of Australia Sydney monthly meeting expresses its complete solidarity and support for the struggle of Aboriginal people for sovereignty and land rights.  We congratulate and support the comrades at the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and the peaceful action they took to highlight the abysmal neglect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We condemn the vicious right wing media attack upon both the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and the peaceful demonstration on January 26, 2012.  This media criticism is aimed at curtailing democratic rights and further marginalising Aboriginal people when social attention should be paid to ending the racist Northern Territory Intervention, preventing further deaths in custody, stopping the potential nuclear waste dump at Muckaty and eradicating the extreme poverty and health issues and institutionalised racism faced by Aboriginal people.

UNIONS NT

MARCH 2011

Unions NT :

 1- Affirms the motion passed at the Unions NT full council meeting February 22, 2010

(text below)

2- Strongly opposes the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 currently before the federal parliament and rejects any legislation which would continue to target Muckaty Station, or any site in the Northern Territory for a nuclear waste dump.

3-Calls upon all regional, state and national trades and labor councils to support this motion.

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 Full council resolution, February 22, 2010

Unions NT:

1- Demands the immediate and unconditional repeal of the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act (CRWMA 2005/06).

2. Demands that all four NT sites currently under assessment for the federal radioactive dump be removed from consideration when the CRWMA legislation is overturned and no sites in the NT be pursued under new legislation.

 3. Calls on the federal government to initiate an independent and comprehensive public inquiry into radioactive waste management in Australia.

4. Supports the actions of Traditional Owners, communities and trade unions that refuse to cooperate with imposition of a waste dump in the NT.

5- Calls for solidarity from trade unions nationally to support the campaign opposing an NT radioactive waste dump.



NT ALP BRANCH

DECEMBER 2010

That the NT Branch of the ALP opposes the Nuclear Radioactive Waste Management Bill and urges NT delegates and Parliamentary representatives do so as well. The replacement legislation should:

  • Respect the sovereignty of the Northern Territory
  • Revoke the contentious Muckaty “nomination”
  • Consult comprehensively and in good faith with all Traditional Owners and the wider community
  • Base the site selection on scientific and environmental principles
  • Allow for waste storage options other than a single remote facility if found to be more appropriate after a comprehensive inquiry.

Central Land Council Full Council resolution

April 15, 2010

The CLC opposes the National Radioactive Management Waste Bill 2010 because it is trying to force a radioactive waste dump on Aboriginal land in the NT.

The CLC calls on the Senate to reject the Bill and the Labor Government to put in place a process based on scientific evidence and community consent.

The CLC supports the broader traditional owner group of Muckaty in their fight against the waste dump.

Unions NT resolution- February 2010

The full council of Unions NT notes the ACTU resolution of June 4, 2009 and;

1‐ Demands the immediate and unconditional repeal of the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act (CRWMA 2005/06).

2. Demands that all four NT sites currently under assessment for the federal radioactive dump be removed from consideration when the CRWMA legislation is overturned and no sites in the NT be pursued under new legislation.

3. Calls on the federal government to initiate an independent and comprehensive public inquiry into radioactive waste management in Australia.

4. Supports the actions of Traditional Owners, communities and trade unions that refuse to cooperate with imposition of a waste dump in the NT.

5‐ Calls for solidarity from trade unions nationally to support the campaign opposing an NT radioactive waste dump.

Maritime Union of Australia National Council resolution.

November 2009

That as soon as practicable the MUA meet with the TUF affiliated Unions and the ACTU with the intent of developing a united Union position on imposing a ban on the handling of any imported radioactive waste material.

Further that we seek a united resolution condemning the Governments imposing of a nuclear waste dump on the indigenous peoples of the Northern Territory and utilise whatever influence available to us nationally and internationally to bring pressure to bear on the Government to repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005.

Australian Council of Trade Unions National Congress motion

June 4, 2009

1- That the federal government immediately repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act (CRWMA 2005/06) in accordance with clear pre-election commitments.

2. That all four NT sites currently under assessment for the federal radioactive dump be removed from consideration when the CRWMA legislation is overturned.

3. Call on the federal government to initiate an independent and comprehensive public inquiry into radioactive waste management in Australia.

4. Resolved that the ACTU supports the actions of Traditional Owners, communities and trade unions that refuse to cooperate with implementation of the current dump policy.

Kokatha Mula Nation- 2005

To all the mob speaking out against the dump…

We are writing to you from Ceduna South Australia. We are the Kokatha Mula Nation Far West Division.

We support you. Stay strong. Keep going.

Kokatha Mula have already suffered from military/nuclear testing on our Country at Emu Fields and Maralinga. Don’t let them use your country as a nuclear waste dump.

We’ve seen and experienced the damage it does. The suffering is still coming years later.

Keep your Country strong and clean for your children.

The governments need to hear our message and we will keep saying in our own way

Mundo Yumadoo Iliga-Leave the Land As It Is until they listen properly.