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Failure by the NLC to consult impacted communities about nuclear waste dump

Estimates & Committees
Scott Ludlam 13 Feb 2012

SENATE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
ESTIMATES (HEARING 3 JUNE 2011)
FURTHER RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

On 3 June 2011 the Northern Land Council (NLC) appeared before the Committee in Canberra. On 8
August 2011 the NLC provided a written response regarding certain questions on notice.
By way of additional clarification, the NLC further responds below.

1.1 Commonwealth radioactive waste management facility (Senator Ludlam)
Senator Ludlam asked (no 205):
Have either Mr Hill or Mr Levy visited Tennant Creek or the parts surrounding that area to
discuss the nomination of Muckaty as a toxic waste dump with traditional owners? Has there
been a request received by the NLC that has not been met to visit Tennant Creek or the parts
surrounding that area to discuss the nomination of Muckaty as a toxic waste dump with
traditional owners?

These questions were answered during oral evidence (see pages 44 to 46 of the Hansard). Mr Levy
explained that he visited the region at the time of the nomination for that purpose. Mr Hill explained
that the NLC has a presence in the region and regularly conducts meetings regarding a range of
projects, at which matters pertaining to the NLC's 2007 nomination may be raised. Mr Hill noted that
some such matters were outside the NLC's statutory responsibility or involved the release of private
or privileged information, in which case a query could not be met. Likewise some requests for the
NLC to attend meetings, such as a forum in Tennant Creek (to which Mr Hill referred in evidence),
could not be met.

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