Sydney Action!

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Let’s give PG back his voice on nuclear issues!

Our demands:

          Meet with Traditional Owners in NT and fund their travels to meeting from bush communities

          Repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act

          Scrap all 4 waste dump sites under assessment

          Initiate independent public inquiry on waste management 

 

 

 

Ziggy, we don't want you spreading a toxic message at UWA!

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Ziggy Switkowski, renowned for his  advocacy for uranium mining and nuclear power, is coming to the University of Western Australia this Monday 4.30pm: let him know we don’t want him here!

Dr Ziggy Switkowski presents: “Energy options in a warming world”.

He will be there advocating uranium mining and nuclear power to businessmen.

We will be there with Ziggy the White Elephant, banners and dissent.

UWA is actively supporting Ziggy Switkowski to come to Perth to speak about how great nuclear power and uranium mining are, specifically speaking to businessmen about the economics of the industry rather than health & safety issues and real facts on the immense amount of resources needed for uranium mines (e.g. 33 million litres of water per day at Roxby Downs uranium mine alone) and the long-term environmental impacts.

First with a speech at the Parmelia Hilton on Monday morning, and then at 4.30pm at UWA itself. Come to one or both actions – 8.30am at Parmelia Hilton for a silent protest and 4.30pm at UWA outside Banquet Hall, The University Club, Hackett Drive, Crawley (Parking: Enter off Hackett Drive, Hackett Entrance 1 Car Park 3).

Dr Ziggy Switkowski is the Chair of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization. He is also a non-executive director of Suncorp, Tabcorp and Healthscope, and Chair of Opera Australia. He is a former chief executive of Telstra, Optus and Kodak (Australia). In 2006 he chaired the Prime Minister’s Review of Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy which returned nuclear power to the country’s strategic debate. He has a PhD in nuclear physics from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engine.

If you are UWA Alumni please RSVP and go inside the event! RSVP details:
Yvette Vittorio
Administrative Officer – Special Projects
Office of Development & Alumni Relations (www.development.uwa.edu.au)
P: +61 8 6488 4774, or F: +61 8 6488 1063, or E: yvette.vittorio@uwa.edu.au

Roxby Expansion and EIS Release protest

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On May 1, BHP Billiton released the Environmental Impact Statement for its planned expansion of the Olympic Dam (Roxby Downs) uranium/copper mine in SA. A May Day protest was held to voice many members of the publics opposition to the mine and its expansion.

At 2.00pm a mock BHP executive launched the EIS complete with details of everything the company plans to get away with:

· The mine operates under the SA Roxby Downs Indenture Act which exempts it from key environmental and Aboriginal heritage laws that apply everywhere else in SA.

· BHP Billiton plans to make Roxby the largest open-cut mine in the world. Export of uranium is expected to increase from an average of 4,000 tonnes per year to 19,000 tonnes. Enough plutonium to build 2,850 nuclear weapons each year.

· BHP Billiton proposes an increase in water consumption from 35 million litres daily (from the Great Artesian Basin) to 150 million litres daily (up to 42 million litres from the Great Artesian Basin, the remainder from a proposed desalination plant at Port Bonython). The total amounts to over 100,000 litres of water every minute of every day.

· The production of radioactive tailings, stored above ground, will increase seven-fold to 70 million tonnes annually. The tailings contain a toxic, acidic soup of radionuclides and heavy metals.

· Electricity demand for the mine will increase from 120 megawatts to 690 megawatts – equivalent to 42% of South Australia’s current total electricity consumption.

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Public meetings and protest against World Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference a big success!

A big thanks to those who came along to the fantastic public meetings in Sydney and Wollongong last week: hearing from Northern Territory Traditional Owners speak out against the proposed nuclear waste dump at Muckaty.  The public meetings and protest of the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference on Wednesday morning were fantastic!

You can check out information, campaign materials, films and more at: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/

Below are two speeches from a public meeting at the Illawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Dharwal country (Wollongong) on April 22, 2009.

A couple of weeks prior to the meeting, a shipment of spent fuel rods from the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor had been transported in the dead of night through Wollongong to be taken out of Port Kembla in New South Wales.

Dianne Stokes, Mark Lane and Mark Chungaloo (Traditional Owners of the proposed federal radioactive waste dump site at Muckaty in the Northern Territory ) were keen to meet with other communities affected by the Lucas Heights facility- if an NT dump is built then these fuel rods are eventually mooted to be dumped on their land.

Fred Moore-lifetime union activist

Garry Keane- MUA Illawarra Branch Secretary

Some of the news coverage of the protest:

Garrett urged to speak up on nuclear issues

ABC Online
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/22/2549572.htm?section=justin

Politicians, Aboriginal leaders and environment groups have joined forces to protest against an international conference on the nuclear industry, currently meeting in Sydney.

The coalition is also calling for an end to the Northern Territory radioactive waste dump proposal.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlum says the Labor Party has had a year and a half in Government, but still has not dealt with radioactive waste management issues.

He is calling on the Environment Minister Peter Garrett to consult on the issue.

“It’s been an incredible disappointment to me that Peter Garett as Environment Minister has completely gone missing on this issue, and the Prime Minister has given the running of radioactive waste on uranium mining issues to Martin Ferguson, the Industry Minister,” he said.

“We’re not hearing from the Environment Minister and that’s why the Greens and the community groups who are represented here today are stepping up to do his job for him.”

Dave Sweeney from the Australian Conservation Foundation says sustainable energy rather than nuclear power is the way forward.

“There are jobs, dollars, export growth and the ability for this country to be a platform for a sustainable energy future,” he said.

“Now we can be that, or we can cling to the coast and let our country become a quarry and the increasing pressure for material that goes out as ore to come back as waste to be perpetually stored here.

“That’s not a future we want to see.”

Rowdy protesters target nuclear meeting

April 22, 2009 – 11:09AM

Noisy protesters are targeting a global nuclear conference in Sydney, saying they want attendees to know they are not welcome.

About 60 people from a group calling itself the Sydney Anti-Nuclear Coalition were on Wednesday demonstrating in front of the Elizabeth Street hotel playing host to the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference.

The coalition is mainly made up of environmental, student and trade union groups.

Police dragged several protesters away after they tried to get into the building and ordered the demonstrators to move on, but made no arrests.

The conference is a nuclear fuel industry event, held annually at different locations around the world.

Australian Conservation Foundation spokesman Dave Sweeney played down the scuffles and praised the group for braving the wet weather to turn out.

“It’s been a bright and bouncy protest. It’s had a bit of passion as it should, because there’s high stakes here,” he said.

“There are people here from Perth, from Melbourne and the Northern Territory and nationally there is a very deep concern about all things nuclear in Australia.”

Mr Sweeney said arguments that nuclear fuel was a green alternative to coal power were not acceptable.

“You can’t call an industry that creates a waste that’s a carcinogen for 250 million years clean or green,” he said.

“It (nuclear energy) is not going to ride over the hill as a white knight and save us, it’s not a solution to climate change.

“It’s expensive and linked to the worst weapons and the worst waste.”

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said it was important for people to voice their concerns about nuclear energy.

“The nuclear industry needs to know that wherever they set foot in Australia, we’ll have a presence,” Mr Ludlam said.

“Sometimes it’s important to just confront them and let them know they’re not welcome here.”

© 2009 AAP

Stop the Olympic Dam Uranium Mine Expansion

Protest at BHP Billiton office
Grenfell St, Adelaide
Friday, May 1, 2pm onwards

On May 1, BHP Billiton will release the Environmental Impact Statement for its planned expansion of the Olympic Dam (Roxby Downs) uranium/copper mine in SA. Come along to this May Day protest to voice your opposition.
At 2.00pm a mock BHP executive will launch the EIS complete with details of everything the company plans to get away with:
·    The mine operates under the SA Roxby Downs Indenture Act which exempts it from key environmental and Aboriginal heritage laws that apply everywhere else in SA.
 
·    BHP Billiton plans to make Roxby the largest open-cut mine in the world. Export of uranium is expected to increase from an average of 4,000 tonnes per year to 19,000 tonnes. Enough plutonium to build 2,850 nuclear weapons each year.
 
·    BHP Billiton proposes an increase in water consumption from 35 million litres daily (from the Great Artesian Basin) to 150 million litres daily (up to 42 million litres from the Great Artesian Basin, the remainder from a proposed desalination plant at Port Bonython). The total amounts to over 100,000 litres of water every minute of every day.
 
·   The production of radioactive tailings, stored above ground, will increase seven-fold to 70 million tonnes annually. The tailings contain a toxic, acidic soup of radionuclides and heavy metals.
 
·    Electricity demand for the mine will increase from 120 megawatts to 690 megawatts – equivalent to 42% of South Australia’s current total electricity consumption.
Let your voice be heard, and lets make sure BHP is held accountable to the same laws as everyone else.
This is a combined  FoE (Friends of the Earth) and ANTSA (Anti Nukes Team SA) Action

Please contact: kathy.whitta@foe.org.au or Amanda naturearthlove@hotmail.com