Fergusons nuclear waste plan - a liberal policy – a broken promise?

\FergusonsBefore the election Labor condemned the Howard government’s process for siting a radioactive waste facility and also promised a method of addressing radioactive waste management issues which are ‘scientific, transparent, accountable, fair and allows access to appeal mechanisms’ and to ‘ensure full community consultation in radioactive waste decision-making processes’. Now we have federal Minister Martin Ferguson talking about fast-tracking a nuclear waste dump.

photo: Adam Dempsey

Friends of the Earth

MEDIA RELEASE – Tuesday 10 June 2008

Fergusons nuclear waste plan - a liberal policy – a broken promise?

Friends of the Earth and members of the Batman electorate are protesting at Mr.Fergusons office this morning admist fears that Labor are breaking their pre-election promises on nuclear waste.

“Mr.Ferguson appears to be walking away from Labor’s election promise to repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 & 2006 (CRWMA) - legislation that undermines environmental, public safety and Aboriginal heritage protections” said Michaela Stubbs, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth.

“Before the election Labor condemned Howard’s CRWMA and also promised a method of addressing radioactive waste management issues which is ‘scientific, transparent, accountable, fair and allows access to appeal mechanisms’ and to ‘ensure full community consultation in radioactive waste decision-making processes’. Now we have Mr. Ferguson talking about fast-tracking a nuclear waste dump”

“Rushing a nuclear waste dump through using an appalling piece of legislation that rides roughshod over affected communities is unacceptable. Radioactive waste poses serious risks to the environmental and public health for generations to come and it is essential that we take the time to handle this most significant issue in the right way” said Ms Stubbs.

The CRWMA removes all rights to "procedural fairness"; allows the imposition of a nuclear waste dump in the absence of any consultation with or consent from Aboriginal Traditional Owners; overrides the Aboriginal Land Rights Act, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 and the Native Title Act 1993; overrides NT laws prohibiting transport and storage of nuclear waste; and undermines a raft of environmental, public health and safety laws.

“There has been opposition to this plan for the transportation and dumping of nuclear waste from affected communities right across Australia. This has happened at all levels from community groups and local councils to state and territory governments – this is clearly not the fringe issue that Mr. Ferguson claims it is”

Photo opportunity
When: 8am – 10am Tuesday 10th June
Where: 159 High St, Preston. Mel Ref:
What: Community protest at MP Fergusons office, with radioactive waste
barrels and radiation protection suits.

Contacts: Michaela Stubbs 0429 136 935
Dr. Jim Green 0417 318 368

 

 

Images from this and other actions can be found here .