DON'T DUMP ON SA - action against nuclear waste dumps in SA.
Media Release From No Dump Alliance:
Monday 7 November 2016
The verdict is in and the radioactive waste dump plan is out
South Australia's No Dump Alliance has welcomed and congratulated the 350 member Citizens Jury for delivering a firm "No" to any plans to establish a high level international nuclear waste dump in South Australia after two thirds of Jurors voted No to the controversial plan at the final session yesterday in Adelaide.
"Jay's jury has said No", said Alliance spokesperson Tauto Sansbury. "The Premier should now listen to the people and respect this clear decision."
Jurors also highlighted issues around the poor economics, lack of trust in government and public health and safety risks associated with nuclear projects. "This is a strong decision from randomly selected and very diverse group of South Australians who have had the benefit of studying the Royal Commission Report and hearing information from experts in various aspects of the proposal. It was positive to hear the jurors acknowledging the need for Traditional Owner's voices to be heard. I thank the clear majority of Jurors for this decision". Said No Dump Alliance spokeswoman Karina Lester.
The announcement represents a significant, indeed 'near fatal', blow to any hopes that a social consensus would develop in favour of the proposal. The global waste dump plan is now increasingly mired in controversy with recent revelations of a pro-nuclear bias in the Royal Commission Report as the Report's sole economic analysis was provided by a pro-nuclear lobby group.
No Dump Alliance member Emeritus Professor Richard Blandy had a message for the Jurors: "I congratulate the Second Citizens' Jury on their overwhelming decision against the proposed nuclear dump. They have shown courage and common sense. A large majority could see that the bonanza that the dump was supposed to bring to the State was based on very flimsy evidence. They saw that the real path to a better economic future for our State is based on our skills, innovative capabilities and capacity for hard work, not a bizarre gamble based on guesses. I am proud of my fellow South Australians on the Jury - including those who were in the minority. I would like to thank them all for their efforts on behalf of their fellow South Australians."
Jamie Newlyn, State Secretary for the Maritime Union of Australia, was also pleased with today's outcome. "The MUA have stood strongly against this proposal. It not only presents unacceptable risks to our members, but also to the economy and environment of our great State. We, along with other unions and the community, will carry on our opposition to this as long as we have to." Mr Newlyn said.
"The No Dump Alliance is calling on the Weatherill Government to formally end the global waste dump plan and we will continue to build the community campaign to dump the dump - our home is simply too good to waste,"" concluded Ms Lester.
The No Dump Alliance is a broad cross-section of South Australian civil society, including Indigenous, public health, trade union, faith and environment groups and academics who are deeply concerned about and opposed to any move to open South Australia up to international high-level nuclear waste importation and dumping: http://www.nodumpalliance.org.au/
Saturday 29th October was a big day in Adelaide with the ALP state conference on featuring nukes on the agenda and the Second Citizen Jury, hearing a range of witnesses give evidence to the Jurors.
Thanks for being involved and for coming on down Saturday morning if you did!
Below are a few report backs and things you can do to get involved in the campaign.
State Labor Conference
In the morning hundreds of people hit the street outside the conference to send a message to the ALP and support those inside fighting to keep the existing legislation that prohibits a dump. Many motions were raised opposing the development of a nuclear waste dump. The ALP have called for a special convention to discuss the waste dump.
Check out Karina Lester address the rally here.
Thanks to the CFMEU for cooking up the BBQ and providing a sound system!
The Citizen Jury heard some very critical presentations on economics, consent, safety issues - you can watch them here:
Many people gave evidence throughout the day. The Aboriginal Witness program was held in the afternoon, sharing community views, presenting facts, concerns and answering jurors' questions. The session openned with footage of the Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta and audio of Yami Lester, a survivor of the Maralinga atomic bomb tests who was blinded by his exposure. Many witnesses had to recount past trauma and expressed clear opposition to the current waste dump proposal. People traveled from around the country to provide evidence in the short session. All witnesses deserve massive respect for their time and effort on this big issue, as do the jurors who were listening hard. The jurors spent Sunday writing and working towards a recommendation for the premier.
Vivianne Mckenzie from the Flinders Ranges told the Jurors:
“If you make the decision to let a waste dump be in this state, you will go down in history and have this on your conscience. What are you going to tell your children? 'I was a juror, I gave the decision to have a waste dump.' - really think about it, think from your heart.”
What you can do:
- Will you contact your local MP about nuclear waste? Now is a great time to let them know you are opposed to any nuclear waste dump in SA.
- Send a message to the Premier Jay Weatherill: Phone: 08 8463 3166 or email Cheltenham@parlament.sa.gov.au or send a letter: GPO Box 2343 ADELAIDE SA 5001.
- Sign the petition: http://www.conservationsa.org.au/say_no_to_nuclear
What a rally! Will you stand with us again on October 29?
A huge thanks to everyone who took a stand last weekend.
There was an incredible buzz in the air as we saw over 3,000 people take to the Adelaide streets with a clear message to our leaders that SA is too good to waste!
Check out this video produced by MAV media covering the day and some great photos popping up all over facebook including an album on the CCSA facebook page here. We are gathering many of the photos and adding them into our photo section of the website.
We want to keep the ball rolling so invite you to come along on Saturday October 29 for a friendly gathering outside the SA State Labor Conference with the message " Keep the Policy: Dump the Dumps". Our state has legislation that prohibits the establishment of nuclear waste dumps in SA and we want to keep it.
There will be a friendly BBQ breakfast, information to hand out and collect and conversations to be had, so please come along to the West Adelaide Football Club, 57 Milner Road, Richmond at 8am sharp on Saturday 29th October, 2016. For more info and to let us know that you are coming check out the facebook event here.
Tell your mates, family, colleagues and your organisation's members to come on down!
See you there,
The 2016 National Day of Action Against Nuclear Waste Dumps in SA Organising Committee.
Saturday October 15, 2016 marks 63 years since the first atomic bomb test at Emu Junction in South Australia.
South Australia is a proud state rich in possibilities, clever people, ancient and continuing Aborginal culture, creativity and breathtaking nature.
We believe we can achieve so much more than taking on the economic and environmental risks of becoming the dumping ground for the world’s radioactive waste. It won't take a lot going wrong for us to be locked into devastation for both our people and the environment
Right now, we are facing two nuclear waste dumps; a national dump in the beautiful Flinders Ranges and an international dump to take the world's nuclear waste.
The decision to import high level nuclear waste is a forever decision. Once we make it, there's no going back. This is a decision that we cannot make for thousands of generations of future South Australians.
Nuclear waste dumps; not worth the risk.
In taking high level nuclear waste, South Australia is signing up for something that no other country has been able to do- we don't know how to store it, we can't guarantee the safe passage of radioactive waste across the seas and the economics don't stack up, and there is no consent for these dumps from traditional owners.
In the case of Australia's national waste, the Government has failed for over 20 years to find a management solution - we must stop our iconic Flinders Ranges becoming a sacrifice zone for nuclear waste.