The eight short videos below are from the October 15 Sydney ‘Don’t Nuclear Waste Australia’ rally in Sydney, held as part of a national day of action against nuclear waste dumps in SA.
Uncle Ken Canning
Adnyamathanha woman Juanella McKenzie speaking about the campaign to stop the national radioactive waste dump proposed in the Flinders Ranges.
Uncle Lyle Davis
NTEU NSW Secretary Genevieve Kelly.
Hill End Farmer Robyn Rayner
Breana Macpherson from Australian Student Environment Network
Keith Peters from Yalata community recalls the devastating impact of the Maralinga bomb tests and why he is opposed to the proposal for an international high level nuclear waste dump in South Australia.
Mima Smart from Yalata community in SA discusses nuclear issues in response to the current Royal Commission into the nuclear fuel cycle in South Australia. Mima recalls the impact of the Maralinga bomb tests on people and the land and expresses strong opposition to a nuclear waste dump being located in the area.
Regina McKenzie at an important archeological site near the proposed radioactive waste facility location on Wallerberdina Station, SA.
Vivianne McKenzie at Hookina Spring near the proposed national radioactive waste facility site (SA).
Debunking the myths around medicine and a nuclear waste dump
Featuring Dr Margie Beavis, President of Medical Association for Prevention of War
Australia is planning to massively increase reactor production of nuclear medicines from 1% of world markets to 25-30%. This will sharply increase long lived reactor waste. We urgently need an inquiry into nuclear isotope production to examine non-reactor options. We already have more than waste than we know what to do with.
Learn more: http://mapw.org.au/
Adnyamathanha Elder Enice Marsh has invited Federal Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg to come and sit down on country to discuss the proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility at Barndioota in the Flinders Ranges SA.
Snapshots of the six nominated sites. Filmed and Edited by Dr Hilary Tyler.
Hill End, NSW
Protecting Manuwangku was produced by Jumbunna Research (University of Technology Sydney) in collaboration with Warlmanpa Elders, the Beyond Nuclear Initiative and Frontyard Films. It showcases the strength and determination of Warlmanpa people, who after an eight year struggle, defeated plans for a national radioactive waste dump on their country at Muckaty in Central Australia. The film provides important lessons and inspiration for the many environmental and human rights battles to come.
— Jason DeSantolo and Isaac Parsons- Co-Directors
Protecting Manuwangku recently screened at the 5th International Uranium Film Festival in Quebec City, Canada.
The Environment Centre of the NT and Beyond Nuclear Initiative developed a television and social media campaign to raise awareness of the risks that the Muckaty waste dump plan poses to the health of Northern Territory communities, workers, waterways and the environment.
MUCKATY by Kylie Sambo
“Muckaty Voices” (Dur. 10 mins, released March 2010) is a short film capturing community resistance to an Australian government plan to dump radioactive waste at Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.
The area is being assessed by the federal government for a low and long-lived intermediate level radioactive waste facility, despite sustained opposition from Aboriginal Traditional Owners, pastoralists and the NT government and community.
Muckaty was nominated in 2007 as a possible dump site by the Northern Land Council and a small group of Traditional Owners hoping for a combination of cash and improved services like roads, housing and education. Many other Traditional Owners remain opposed to the plan and have been highly critical of the process and approach taken by Resource Minister Martin Ferguson.
The governments push for Muckaty has sparked widespread criticism from trade unions, national health and environment groups and Indigenous groups, including the Central Land Council.
In Opposition the Labor party described the former Howard governments waste dump laws as ‘draconian’, ‘sordid’ and ‘arrogant’ however in government Labor have borrowed heavily from the Howard legislation.
Labors repackaged dump laws are in clear conflict with their policies and 2007 election promises on radioactive waste management. They suspend key Aboriginal heritage and environmental protections and override any Commonwealth, State or Territory laws that could delay or frustrate the dump. To add insult to radioactive injury the Muckaty nomination is not subject to procedural fairness or judicial review.
Traditional Owner and dump critic Dianne Stokes told a Senate Inquiry in April 2010, “We made the video throughout the Warlmanpa land. It is all of the Milwayi story. We wanted to show this DVD to the public and the people here in this Senate Inquiry because of the place where the proposed dump site area is going to be sited… Along with that, we have some songs and dances to represent the country”.
The film was produced for the Muckaty Traditional Owners by Enlightning Productions, with the support of the Beyond Nuclear Initiative.