Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
Cuban Film Festival 2015 ? Pearse Centre ? 25th- 26th of April Thu Apr 23, 2015 16:45 | Irish Left Review
I Don?t Want Tax Cuts! I Want Investment and Public Services! And I Want it Noww... Wed Apr 22, 2015 15:42 | Michael Taft
April issue of Socialist Voice is Out Now Wed Apr 22, 2015 15:29 | Communist Party of Ireland
Issue 123 of The Peoples? News Out Now Tue Apr 21, 2015 17:51 | The People's Movement
Racing Public Transport to the Bottom Tue Apr 21, 2015 17:36 | Michael Taft
Irish Left Review >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? North Sea Radio Orchestra 00:48 Sat Apr 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
The luxury of a granny? 15:53 Fri Apr 24, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Childcare and class politics? 11:52 Fri Apr 24, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Another problem for the government? but could it fall? 10:00 Fri Apr 24, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
This Week At Irish Election Literature 06:19 Fri Apr 24, 2015 | irishelectionliterature
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015
ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015
FIANNA FÁIL AND THE BANK INQUIRY : SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS 21:04 Mon Jan 12, 2015
PETER NYBERG BANK INQUIRY EVIDENCE, 17 DECEMBER 2014 18:05 Sun Dec 28, 2014
For Some Vicious Mole of Nature: Making Sense of The Irish Bank Crisis 21:07 Fri Dec 26, 2014
Dublin Opinion >>
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
NAMA Wine Lake >>
Aborigines “shivering with fear” over Australian uranium plan
Tuesday May 29, 2012 07:52 by Gerry Georgatos
Aboriginal elders from Wiluna in central Western Australia have slammed the approval of a nearby future uranium mine by the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). It now appears only a matter of time for the state government to endorse the EPA decision.
The go-ahead is for the Toro Energy company's proposal to develop the first uranium mine in Western Australia 30 kilometres from Wiluna. Wiluna local and senior law man, Glen Cooke, criticised the consultation process that led to the EPA approval. Mr Cooke wants a meeting with state and federal ministers to fight for the safety and rights of his people.
"Toro Energy they only talk to a few people, always the same people. It’s not right, the people from Bondini’s (the community closest to the proposed mine) sometimes they don’t know about meetings, or they are not invited to meetings or they can’t get to meetings. This is not right," said Mr Cooke.
“(State minister) Marmion and (federal minister) Burke they will be making a big decision that will affect our community, our dreaming and our health. Before they make a decision on what happens in our community, before signing away our country from many thousands of kilometres away they should come and look us in the eyes," he said.
Chairman of the West Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, Ngalia man Kado Muir, said the approval by the EPA "has sent a shiver" through Aboriginal communities.
"Wherever they transport uranium through Western Australia all peoples will shiver with fear. The decision has shocked the Goldfield's Aboriginal communities. Our families in Wiluna face the prospect of having their country and environment poisoned by the Toro mine while those of us living in Leonora and Kalgoorlie can only live in fear and hope that the road trains driving through our towns do not have accidents."
Kalgoorlie mayor, Ron Yuryevich, said he is not opposed to the mine as long as the uranium is not transported through Kalgoorlie.
Mr Muir fears for the well-being of country all along the proposed road transport route from the Toro mine, along the Goldfields highway, the Eyre highway and into South Australia where the uranium will be processed and stored.
"Lead transported from Esperance to Fremantle has proven that dangerous leaks happen. There was lead contamination with readings dangerously above base levels. If the industry and government-owned ports could not assure safe transport of lead how are they going to cope with uranium?" said Mr Muir.
"This is Russian Roulette. It is an irresponsible politically motivated decision by the EPA to pander to (Premier) Barnett's mantra of development at all costs.
"The EPA needs to redeem its legitimacy and hold a full public inquiry as provided for by the Act. We need to engage with the wider environmental and public health consequences of uranium mining," he said.
"This is about our peoples' lives, about the future of our children. We want them to grow safe and healthy, not poisoned and ill," said Mr Cooke.
After the state government approves the application then it is the turn of the (pro-mining) federal government to provide their approval. Its policy is to allow more uranium mining.
In another industrial development in Western Australia, Premier Colin Barnett welcomed the building of a technical ammonium nitrate plant on the Burrup Peninsula, world famous for Aboriginal rock art. Six years ago he called for an end to development in the area.
In a speech to parliament he then called the art “The most significant heritage and anthropological site in Australia”. Barnett has admitted that 20 to 25 per cent of the rock art has already been destroyed by industrialisation.
Meanwhile tensions with traditional Aboriginal owners over a huge natural gas development plan near Broome in the north are set to escalate to new heights after the government-backed Woodside Petroleum company applied for clearances to drill on Aboriginal sacred sites.
Encamped Goolarabooloo tribal people say they will stand in the way to stop the work.
Film-maker, anti-gas hub campaigner and spokeswoman for Broome's old Aboriginal families, Mitch Torres, said the application to drill on - and damage - Aboriginal sites is a disgrace and the tokenism of one week only for other parties to file responses is "unbelievable".
"This is Aboriginal heritage and history, tens of thousands of years old, that's being dismissed. This is the prospective destruction of the natural environment of one of the world's most pristine icons that we're getting a first taste of what's to come.”
Goolarabooloo man, Richard Hunter, a traditional owner of James Price Point, the area earmarked for the gas industry, has launched a civil suit in the Supreme Court against Woodside Petroleum.
If the court rules in favour of the action, Woodside would then have been proven to have committed an offence under the Planning Act WA and could be prosecuted.
Mining on a vast scale makes Western Australia, ruled by a conservative government, the most booming state of Australia.