Maralinga Day: Remembering the Past, Learning for the Future

\MaralingaOn Saturday the 27th of September Friends of the Earth will commemorate the 52nd anniversary of British Atomic Tests at Maralinga on the steps of Parliament House. From 9am, Adelaide artists will display banners depicting the explosions and effects of the testing on people and country.

Maralinga Day: Remembering the Past, Learning for the Future

Saturday 27th September: 11:30am

On Saturday the 27th of September Friends of the Earth will commemorate the 52nd anniversary of British Atomic Tests at Maralinga on the steps of Parliament House. From 9am, Adelaide artists will display banners depicting the explosions and effects of the testing on people and country.

At 11:30am we will hear from Maralinga Veteran and former leading aircraftsman in the Royal Australian Air Force Avon Hudson. Mr. Hudson will remember the tests and speak about the need for the Federal Government to acknowledge the hazardous environment servicemen worked in. Recently Mr. Hudson stated that many of his former workmates had died from cancer and his children had suffered from "lasting effects". He noted that "all of these things are well known by the government…We've never asked for $1 million; we've asked for full recognition for ourselves, our wives and our offspring".

Following Mr. Hudson, David Noonan from the Australian Conservation Foundation will talk about the lessons we can learn from the Maralinga tests and their enduring significance today. Mr. Noonan noted "Australia has to face up to Russia's threat to attack Poland with nuclear weapons. Given our role in exporting uranium we must rule our any sale to a nuclear
weapons state that fails to observe their Nuclear Proliferation Treaty Nuclear Disarmament obligations. We are calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Steven Smith to rule out the proposed Russian Nuclear Treaty proposed by Howard and Putin".

For further comment please contact
Peter Burdon, Friends of the Earth – 0439 294 386
David Noonan, Australian Conservation Foundation – 0408 821 058

</