Give Minister Ferguson the thumbs down on Muckaty Bill

No to Nuclear Dump at Muckaty

Peaceful Protest
Minister Fergusons Office
159 High Street, Preston. Melbourne, VIC.
Monday January 17th, 2011. 9am - 11am

Come along in January to help ensure Muckaty in the NT a Happy New Year without a waste dump.

Bring along banners, placards, music, your friends and family. This is a really important time for the Muckaty Campaign.

Three days before Christmas the government concluded a sham committee inquiry endorsing Martin Ferguson's plans to dump nuclear waste at Muckaty in the NT Traditional Owners were not given the opportunity to speak to the committee or even to lodge a submission. Ferguson continues to refuse requests to meet with Traditional Owners opposed to the dump.

Short Video - July 2010

Traditional Owners have initiated legal action in the Federal Court yet it seems likely that Ferguson will push ahead with his Radioactive Waste Management Bill early in 2011. The Bill overides state and territory laws, it overrides important federal Aboriginal heritage and environmental legislation, and it enshrines Muckaty as the only site under consideration despite the opposition of many Traditional Owners, the NT Government and many others.

Muckaty Traditional Owners are calling for our support to stop the dump. Now is the time to act. Please come to the protest on January 17 and contact Friends of the Earth if you can support the campaign in other ways.

Contact: Jim Green, Friends of the Earth national nuclear campaigner, 0417 318368,
Organised by the 'ACE Collective'

Labor's appalling Christmas present for Muckaty

nuclear waste dump - muckaty
Martin Ferguon's Xmas
Present for Muckaty

The Gillard government's persistent contempt towards Indigenous Australians and the environment continues as their Minister for Energy and Resources, Martin Ferguson turns his back on progressive public opinion and Aboriginal traditional owners.

Without receiving any public submissions or new information, the government is pushing through Parliament legislation that will suspend other protective social and environmental laws to replace the current Act - with an almost-identical Radioactive Waste Management Bill.

pdfReport - Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 pdf file

30th April 2010 - Image: 'Takver' (Flickr)

About 40 people covened at short notice outside Martin Ferguson's electoral office on High Street Preston in a colourful protest against the nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station. The protest included speeches, song and street theatre.