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Nuclear waste dump report a whitewash – Greens

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 22 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens have condemned the Parliamentary investigation of the proposed Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump as a whitewash.

After the House of Representative's Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Standing Committee's report on the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 was tabled today, Greens MP Adam Bandt said that the committee refused to hear from the public or the area's Aboriginal traditional owners.

"This is Martin Ferguson's appalling Christmas present for the people of Muckaty," Mr Bandt said.

"A previous Senate committee report asked the Minister for Energy and Resources, Martin Ferguson, to meet with traditional owners. The traditional owners of the proposed waste dump site, Muckaty Station, have also written to him requesting that he meet with them", Mr Bandt said.

"Martin Ferguson has ignored them. Instead of asking why or inviting the traditional owners to appear before the committee, the House committee chose not to receive any public submissions or any new information" Mr Bandt said.

"The government is pushing through Parliament legislation that will suspend other protective social and environmental laws and override the wishes of the traditional owners."

Mr Bandt was a participating member of the Committee and gave a dissenting report. Mr Bandt said it was interesting that the report was tabled while parliament was not sitting, just three days before Christmas.

Greens Senator Ludlam has a private members bill in the Senate to repeal the Howard-era radioactive waste management legislation completely, while the Government is seeking to replace the current Act with the almost-identical National Radioactive Waste Management Bill.

 See the report here: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/ccea/radioactivewaste/report.htm

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