Yankunytjatjara Traditional owners in the north of South Australia have welcomed news that ballots about the proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility have been deferred until proper consultation with native title holders takes place.
There are two proposed waste sites in South Australia for the National Radioactive Waste Facility…. One on Barngarla country near Kimba on the north of the Eyre Peninsula, and one on Adnyamathanya country near the township of Hawker.
The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation applied for an injunction in South Australia's Supreme Court, to halt the vote in the Kimba District arguing it contravened the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
The Court deferred the ballot until a later hearing.
A similar ballot is pending in the community of Hawker, until the outcome of the hearing. The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) are Native title holders of the area, are also campaigning strongly against the site being located on their land.
Chairperson of the Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation Karina Lester says that the Federal Government should take note of the voice of Traditional Owners and that all Australians need to be consulted. She adds that the Commonwealth should not ignore South Australia’s past activism against a Nuclear Waste Dump. Ms Lester has also called on the South Australian government to use existing state legislation - to prevent the establishment of a radioactive waste site in the state.
CAAMA’s Teghan Hughes spoke with Ms Lester to find out more about the site and why Aboriginal people of the state are saying….
Recently Minister Matt Canavan went to the Flinders Ranges and once again showed complete disrespect and failed to consult with the Adnyamathanha traditional owners. Please watch and share this short video message about it from Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) CEO Vince Coulthard
Peace Boat, a Japanese based global NGO, visited Adelaide on 29 January for the first time as part of a speaking tour featuring nuclear survivors from Japan and Australia on it’s 93rd global voyage.
The visit was designed to put pressure on the Japanese and Australian Governments who have not yet signed the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
People affected by the nuclear industry and survivors of South Australia’s nuclear bomb tests travelled to Port Adelaide to take part in this cultural exchange.
JUNE 7, 2017
No Dump Alliance relieved as Jay announces international nuclear waste dump plan ‘dead’.
The No Dump Alliance today welcomed Premier Jay Weatherill’s statement that an international nuclear waste dump will not be pursued by his Government. Premier Weatherill outlined that there is “no foreseeable opportunity for this" and confirmed he would not pursue any nuclear waste plans if his party was re-elected.
Article from InDaily
Wednesday June 7th, 2017
"There’s no foreseeable opportunity for this": Jay declares nuke dump "dead"
Premier Jay Weatherill has officially walked away from one of the major policy hallmarks of his term in Government, pronouncing the nuclear waste dump “dead” and vowing he will not revisit it if he wins another term in office.
The position appears a significant rhetorical shift from his stance last November, when he pledged to keep the debate alive ahead of a future referendum on the issue of nuclear waste storage, after his own Royal Commission found establishing a local industry could net a “$100 billion income in excess of expenditure”.
At the time, his position was seen by critics both inside the Labor Party and more broadly as a refusal to abandon the nuclear dream.
But asked about the future of the nuclear dump at a public forum in Victor Harbor this week, Weatherill declared the project “dead”.
“Yeah it is,” he reaffirmed to InDaily today.Read more
In March, CARA - Consultation and Response Agency - closed.
CARA ran the largest state wide consultation ever - focusing on the outcomes of the Nuclear Royal Commission, and in particular the pursuit of a high level nuclear waste dump in SA. The blue and white 'Know Nuclear' will no longer be active on social media - Read the government's release
Alongside you, we let our position be known loud and clear and our opposition to this plan stays the same. We are committed to continue to push our leaders to drop this plan once and for all.
Exposure 2016 saw communities from all over South Australia travel to Port Augusta to join with locals and talk nuclear waste. Over 100 people passed through the registration desk to engage in sessions and workshops, share ideas and a yarn, get inspired and work together for future action against state and federal government’s plans to build nuclear waste dumps in S.A.
“…after hearing from experts, the jury questioned the economic underpinnings of the [nuclear royal] commission’s findings.”
Read Richard Blandy’s article referring to his involvement with the Citizen’s Jury and arguing that the economics of the dump are highly speculative and may easily be wrong.