NT radioactive dump plan on the nose from coast to coast

Federal government plans to impose a controversial radioactive waste dump in the NT will be the focus of actions around Australia next Monday, November 19.

Media Release- for immediate release 

November 16, 2007

NT radioactive dump plan on the nose from coast to coast

Federal government plans to impose a controversial radioactive waste dump in the NT will be the focus of actions around Australia next Monday, November 19.

Protests will take place in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Darwin, Alice Springs and Perth in public locations and at the offices of federal politicians supporting the dump plan.

“Monday’s actions will send a clear message that this unpopular dump is not a done deal and is actively opposed throughout the NT and across Australia,” said Emma King, uranium campaigner at the Environment Centre of the Northern Territory (ECNT).

The Northern Territory dump, and the wider issue of radioactive waste management, is emerging as a significant community concern ahead of Saturday’s federal election.

Natalie Wasley, from the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs recalls that “before the last election, the federal government promised there would be no radioactive waste dump in the NT. Unlike radioactive waste, that promise didn’t last long.”

Michaela Stubbs, Friends of the Earth nuclear campaigner in Melbourne said, “the federal government is working overtime to avoid discussing nuclear issues before this election. After years of talking tough, they are now dumping on democracy and not talking at all.”

“The dump plan has important and long term implications for all Australians. People around the country clearly do not intend to radioactive waste their vote next Saturday,” concluded Nicola Paris, from the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA).

Note: Detailed information on the political parties’ positions on nuclear issues and a rating of their performance is available via www.votenuclearfree.net

Further information and comment:


Alice Springs: Natalie Wasley:  0429 900 774
Darwin: Emma King:  0428 818 109
Melbourne: Michaela Stubbs 0429 136 935
Perth: Nicola Paris 0422 990 040
Newcastle: Nissa Lee 0413 347 811
Sydney: Holly Creenaune 0417 682 541
Brisbane: Steph Walton 0423 668 329

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Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC)
John Cumming Plaza, 67 Todd Mall
PO box 2796,
Alice Springs, NT
Australia  0871