WGAR News: Forty uranium mines is the plan for Western Australia: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer

Newsletter date: 5 December 2013

Contents:

* Ryan Emery, SBS Radionews: Elder pleads with BHP "don't make me bankrupt"
* Ryan Emery & Greg Dyett, SBS Radionews: Indigenous elder appeals to BHP Billiton
* Babs McHugh, ABC Rural: Aboriginal elder Kevin Buzzacott gets no answer from BHP AGM
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge

* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Forty uranium mines is the plan for Western Australia
* WANFA nuclearfree WA, YouTube: WANFA roadshow [an interview with Curtis Taylor]
* WANFA - Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance: Take action - no uranium mine at Kintyre
* Background to WANFA - Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance

* SBS News: New NT uranium mine in question

* SBS News: Indigenous Nhulunbuy community rocked by Rio Tinto closure
* 9 News: Arnhem Land must look beyond mining jobs

* The Stringer: Ewamian native title rights recognised
* Background to Mabo and Native Title

* RYAN EMERY, SBS RADIONEWS: ELDER PLEADS WITH BHP "DON'T MAKE ME BANKRUPT"

- Audio

SBS Radionews: Elder pleads with BHP "don't make me bankrupt"
By Ryan Emery
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/302255/Elder-p...
22 Nov 13: "An Aboriginal elder has pleaded with BHP not to make him bankrupt, after he lost a court battle over expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine and was ordered to pay costs. ... (Transcript from World News Australia Radio) Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott has pleaded with BHP not to make him bankrupt. Mr Buzzacott took BHP to court over its expansion of its Olympic Dam uranium mine, but lost and had to pay court costs. He made his plea directly to chairman Jac Nasser at BHP's annual general meeting in Perth." By Ryan Emery

* RYAN EMERY & GREG DYETT, SBS RADIONEWS: INDIGENOUS ELDER APPEALS TO BHP BILLITON

- Audio

SBS Radionews: Indigenous elder appeals to BHP Billiton
By Ryan Emery & Greg Dyett
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/302027/Indigen...
21 Nov 13: "In Perth, an Indigenous elder has asked BHP Billiton not to pursue him for court costs incurred while fighting an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine. Kevin Buzzacott attended BHP Billiton's annual general meeting where he made his case. World News Australia's Ryan Emery was also there, and spoke with Greg Dyett." By Ryan Emery & Greg Dyett

* BABS MCHUGH, ABC RURAL: ABORIGINAL ELDER KEVIN BUZZACOTT GETS NO ANSWER FROM BHP AGM

- News

ABC Rural: Aboriginal elder Kevin Buzzacott gets no answer from BHP AGM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-21/aboriginal-elders-asks-bhp-to-drop...
21 Nov 13: "BHP Billiton would neither confirm nor deny that it plans to pursue a South Australian Aboriginal elder for court costs. Kevin Buzzacott of the Arabunna people was ordered by the Federal Court to pay costs to the SA and Federal Governments and BHP after a failed appeal over the expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium, copper and gold mine. Mr Buzzacott argued the proposed expansion, which has since been shelved, was approved without proper consideration of the long term environmental impact." Babs McHugh

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 27 October 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-da...

* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER: FORTY URANIUM MINES IS THE PLAN FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: Forty uranium mines is the plan for Western Australia
http://thestringer.com.au/forty-uranium-mines-is-the-plan-for-western-au...
29 Nov 13: "A couple of insiders estimate potentially 40 uranium mines will arise right throughout Western Australia in the decades to come. Environmentalists reject that this is possible while Aboriginal Elders resident on Country say they will resist uranium mining at all costs. Local Aboriginal Elder Mr Glen Cooke has travelled from Wiluna to attend Toro Energy’s annual meeting today to highlight community concern over Toro’s plans for uranium mining in the region." By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist

* WANFA NUCLEARFREE WA, YOUTUBE: WANFA ROADSHOW [AN INTERVIEW WITH CURTIS TAYLOR]

- Video

WANFA nuclearfree WA, YouTube: WANFA roadshow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnqEYJbcQww
2 Jun 13: "This short film describes the importance of bringing balanced information about the nuclear industry to Aboriginal communities facing the threat of uranium mining."

* WANFA - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR FREE ALLIANCE: TAKE ACTION - NO URANIUM MINE AT KINTYRE

- Campaign

WANFA Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance: Take action - no uranium mine at Kintyre
http://nuclearfree.wordpress.com/
18 Nov 13: "WA’s biggest national park is under threat from uranium mining at Kintyre. Karlamilyi (Rudall River) national park encompasses spinifex plains, red desert sands, salt lakes and ancient gorges that protect pristine rock pools and swimming holes. A proposal for an open cut uranium mine just 500m from Yantikuji Creek by Canadian mining giant Cameco is putting all of this at risk. Our national parks deserve good neighbours, not uranium mines. Take action - send a message to the Environmental Protection Authority, Premier Barnett, the Environment Minister, Opposition Leader and Shadow Environment Minister."

* BACKGROUND TO WANFA - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR FREE ALLIANCE

- Compilation

Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA)

Last updated: 12 July 2013

http://www.indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/western-australian-nuclear-free-a...

* SBS NEWS: NEW NT URANIUM MINE IN QUESTION

- News

SBS News: New NT uranium mine in question
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/11/20/new-nt-uranium-mine-question
20 Nov 13: "After a second radiation security breach in two weeks at the Ranger uranium mine site in the NT, traditional owners are calling for federal intervention. ... Traditional owners in Kakadu National Park have been rocked by a second security breach in two weeks at the Ranger uranium mine, and say the site's radiation control measures are failing. Four uranium storage barrels were discovered in bushland outside of Darwin on Monday, outraging the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC), which acts on behalf of the Mirarr people." Source AAP

* SBS NEWS: INDIGENOUS NHULUNBUY COMMUNITY ROCKED BY RIO TINTO CLOSURE

- Video

SBS News: Indigenous Nhulunbuy community rocked by Rio Tinto closure
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/11/29/rio-tinto-axes-1100-jobs-n...
29 Nov 13: "Nearly one quarter of the population of the Northern Territory community of Nhulunbuy will be out of work when Rio Tinto closes it's alumina refinery. The company will begin phasing out production of aluminium at the beginning of next year, putting over one thousand Indigenous workers out of employment. The company has come under intense criticism in parliament today, the Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying Rio Tinto has an obligation to the community and especially to those who have bought houses and businesses in the area."

* 9 NEWS: ARNHEM LAND MUST LOOK BEYOND MINING JOBS

- Analysis / Opinion

9 News: Arnhem Land must look beyond mining jobs
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/29/16/00/arnhem-land-must-lo...
29 Nov 13: "It's dangerous to rely too heavily on an industry such as mining, says an Aboriginal tourism company seeking to pull East Arnhem Land out from under the shadow of Rio Tinto's impending closure of the Gove alumina refinery. But Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land will create hundreds of jobs and forge their own economic future beyond the scope of mining, says Djawa Burarrwanga, chairman of Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation."

* THE STRINGER: EWAMIAN NATIVE TITLE RIGHTS RECOGNISED

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: Ewamian native title rights recognised
http://thestringer.com.au/ewamian-native-title-rights-recognised/
26 Nov 13: "Today, the Federal Court of Australia recognised the Ewamian Peoples’ native title rights and various interests over its traditional lands in north Queensland in two consent determinations. Elders fought long and hard to get to today where the determinations were handed down in Georgetown. Land within the vicinity of Georgetown, Forsyth, Einasleigh and Mt Surprise today are the focus of a full day of celebrations and commemoration for Ewamian (pronounced Oor-am-in) people. Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson Ken Georgetown said it was a huge milestone for his community with the first claims being lodged in 1997." By The Stringer

* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 2 November 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

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