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Dumping on South Australia's First Nations

By Jim Green and Michelle Madigan - posted Friday, 14 February 2020


In 2016, the plan to import high-level nuclear waste from around the world was abandoned after a Citizens' Jury noted the lack of Aboriginal consent and concluded that "the government should accept that the Elders have said NO and stop ignoring their opinions."

And last year, the federal government abandoned plans for a national nuclear dump in the Flinders Ranges, a plan that was fiercely contested by Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners.

SA Premier Steven Marshall is rightly proud of his record promoting the growth of renewable energy in SA. And he's proud of his significant role in putting an end to the plan to import high-level nuclear waste from around the world.

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So where will the Premier ‒whose portfolio includes Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation ‒stand on this latest nuclear controversy? He needs, as the Kungkas put it, to get his ears out of his pockets and to respect the unanimous opposition of the Barngarla First Nation.

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About the Authors

Dr Jim Green is the editor of the Nuclear Monitor newsletter and the national nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth Australia.

Michele Madigan is a Sister of St Joseph who has spent the past 40 years working with Aboriginal people across SA.

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