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Issue #1556      18 July 2012

MUA stands with traditional owners

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said it is proud to have hosted an anti-nuclear rally against the proposed nuclear dump site at Muckaty last week in Darwin.

The rally was held at Stokes Hill Wharf and attracted wide-ranging support, with a number of MUA officials from around Australia in attendance.

The rally was held on the seven-year anniversary of Muckaty being selected as the site for a nuclear waste facility - which is still opposed by traditional owners, the NT community and community and environmental groups from around Australia.

“The MUA has been proud to support the traditional owners who are opposed to the construction of the proposed dump in their community,” said MUA NT organiser Thomas Mayor.

“The MUA is also very concerned that our members would have to handle this waste when it enters the Port of Darwin, bound for Muckaty when the emergency response capabilities in Darwin do not exist for such a dangerous cargo.”

He said the MUA attended the rally in force, and will continue to oppose the dump.

Muckaty was chosen as the site for Australia’s first nuclear waste facility by the Howard government, and there has been consistent opposition from members of the community and the NT government.

Members of the Warl-Manpa community have lived at Muckaty, near Tenant Creek for thousands of years.

At a recent hearing at the Federal Court in Melbourne, traditional owners had hoped to have the date set to begin a formal hearing to try to have the decision overturned, but that decision has now been adjourned until November.

“It is a really frightening thought that local people won’t get a say about what’s stuck there, buried in their own lands,” said Mr Mayor.

“As a community, we will be standing together to say that this plan is unacceptable.”  

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