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Against the backdrop of a leadership challenge federal Labor has today pushed ahead in the Senate with legislation designed to impose a national radioactive waste dump on contested Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.
"This flawed legislation, which could pave the way for a radioactive waste dump to be imposed on the Indigenous community at Muckaty in the Northern Territory, is deeply unpopular," said ACF nuclear free campaigner Dave Sweeney.
"Indigenous, public health, environment and faith groups, key unions and the NT Government all oppose Resource Minister Martin Ferguson’s waste dump plan.
"Radioactive waste lasts a lot longer than a politician’s tenure in parliament and we need to get its management right.
This legislation attempts to manage Australia’s highest level radioactive waste by dumping it on some of the country’s most disadvantaged people
"Martin Ferguson’s Muckaty dump plan is the wrong way to deal with long-lived nuclear waste, lacking transparency, procedural fairness, scientific rigour and community consent.
"Minister Ferguson has been pushing this heavy-handed legislation around the Parliament for more than two years now.
"ACF urges all Senators to oppose this legislation because dumping nuclear waste on contested Aboriginal land is not responsible, credible or acceptable in the 21st Century."