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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



No nuclear waste dump for Muckaty Station

Plans to develop Australia’s first nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory have been shelved, writes Cathy Lewis in Red Flag.

After a long running, defiant campaign led by traditional owners and backed by environment groups, the ACTU and the Public Health Association, the federal government yesterday committed not to act on the Northern Land Council’s contested nomination of Muckaty as the dump site.

The decision is a significant victory for traditional owners and serves as a powerful demonstration that communities who stand united and strong, can fight back and win.

Kylie Sambo, Muckaty traditional owner and participant a Federal Court case against the dump said: “[This victory] means that we don’t have to worry about a nuclear dump coming to Muckaty … I’m very happy for our win and I will be partying for whole week

“Also I would like to say that if anyone thinks that something is going wrong in their country they should stand up fight because if we can do it then so can you.”

“Muckaty is the latest in a series of failed attempts to impose a dump on unwilling communities in both South Australia and the NT,” said Dave Sweeney from the Australian Conservation Foundation. “It was a secretive and ill-considered deal that has properly failed the test.”

Law firm Maurice Blackburn has been acting on a pro bono basis for traditional owners opposed to the dump in a four-year legal fight that was two weeks into a Federal Court trial when it was resolved.

Lizzie O’Shea, lawyer for the traditional owners, said of the case: “The community is thrilled. The traditional owners of Muckaty are hugely relieved that their efforts to resist the dump over seven years have been rewarded.

“The next steps for nuclear waste management are really up to the Commonwealth but we are just pleased we have avoided it going on Aboriginal land without consent of traditional owners.”



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Comment from paul walter
Time June 21, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Puts me in mind of the sorry saga of the Lynas facility in Malaysia.. dirty deeds done dirt cheap for/to Malaysians and locals here done of out of a job…

(several minutes later) Yes, up at Wikipedia- god bless it- jogs my memory.

What an idiotic scheme until you think about the global, regional and local politics on different levels involved..

Isn’t part of the problem with Muckaty that it isn’t a safe refuse site because of its location in relation to water tables.. why not put a dump further out in the desert, if they must do this.

Comment from Chris Warren
Time June 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Has any media sought a comment from the real villains in this saga – Martin Ferguson, his staffers and ALP backers?

His office had the hide to scoff at the challenge.

Comment from John
Time June 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

Good point Chris.

Comment from Lizzie
Time June 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Interesting that Martin Ferguson is raised. Gary Gray, the last Labor Minister responsible for this particular proposal actually put out a presser welcoming the decision. I’m pleased he has this view now, obviously, but he also had the power to do the same thing himself last year when he was Minister…. I think Aboriginal people rightly feel that Labor betrayed them on this issue.

Comment from John
Time June 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Thanks Lizzie. I agree.

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