Newsletter date: 5 April 2013
* The Stringer: Federal Government green light uranium mining for WA
* The Wire Audio: Safety concerns over uranium mine
* Background to the Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA)
* Deborah Ruiz Wall, New Matilda: Welfare Or Gas Money In The Kimberley?
* The Stringer: Legal action commences on EPA's approval for James Price Point Gas hub
* Hands off Country: Shake Your Head in Disbelief
* Ingetje Tadros: Pelican corroboree - welcome to Seashepherd in Walmadan
* News re Floating offshore gas processing
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA
* NITV News: Calls on WA government to take action on youth suicide
* Tracker: WA kids brutalised in adult jail: Newhouse
* NIRS: Legal action for Hakea juvenile detention
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody
* Other articles
* THE STRINGER: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GREEN LIGHT URANIUM MINING FOR WA
The Stringer: Federal Government green light uranium mining for WA
4 Apr 13: "Western Australia will be exporting uranium within two years after the Federal Government granted environmental approval to Toro Energy’s Wiluna project. Aboriginal Elders and communities are upset and have vowed to stand in the way of uranium mining on their Country. Wiluna Elder Glen Cooke said that his people must do everything they can to "protect our Country, and our children’s Country, and their children’s Country, from uranium." Yeelirie Elder Kado Muir, who is also the chairman of the all Aboriginal Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) said ... "
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The Stringer: First Uranium mine in WA may mean 40 uranium mines by 2030
3 Apr 13: "Western Australia will be exporting uranium within two years after the Federal Government granted environmental approval to Toro Energy’s Wiluna project - To many people this was unexpected, including to Wiluna’s Aboriginal peoples and to anti-uranium mining and anti-nuclear advocates nationwide. ... But the Conservation Council of WA anti-nuclear campaign coordinator Mia Pepper believes Western Australians can stand in the way of uranium mining."
* THE WIRE AUDIO: SAFETY CONCERNS OVER URANIUM MINE
The Wire: Safety concerns over uranium mine
Produced by Christopher Testa
3 Apr 13: "The Federal Government has approved a $269 million project to mine uranium in the West Australian goldfields. However, there are concerns in local communities about the transportation of uranium from the Toro Energy site to port in Adelaide.
Featured in story:
* Mia Pepper, Conservation Council of Western Australia
* Sue Hasseldine, Indigenous anti-nuclear campaigner.
* Greg Hall, director, Toro Energy."
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SBS Radionews Podcasts: Opposition to WA's first uranium mine
By Ryan Emery
3 Apr 13: "Environment groups and the Greens have condemned the federal government's approval of Western Australia's first uranium mine. ... The Wiluna Shire has welcomed the news and Indigenous native title claimants say cultural sites must be protected or they will ask for the mine to be shut down. ... Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says it's not good enough. "Uranium tailings are radioactive. They're carcinogenic and once that's in the environment, you can't clean it up. ... that the Australian taxpayer is still paying for the remediation of mines that we worked in the 1950s and '60s in the Northern Territory. ... ""
* BACKGROUND TO THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR FREE ALLIANCE (WANFA)
Last updated: 20 September 2012
* DEBORAH RUIZ WALL, NEW MATILDA: WELFARE OR GAS MONEY IN THE KIMBERLEY?
- Analysis / Opinion
New Matilda: Welfare Or Gas Money In The Kimberley?
3 Apr 13: "Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett sees the Browse Point gas hub as a "last roll of the dice" for Indigenous development. What role does that leave for the state, asks Deborah Ruiz Wall. Premier Colin Barnett won a resounding victory in the recent WA State elections – but in the seat of Kimberley, Greens candidate Chris Maher’s close contest shows that many in the electorate have reservations about the Premier’s gas precinct project in the Kimberley." By Deborah Ruiz Wall
* THE STRINGER: LEGAL ACTION COMMENCES ON EPA'S APPROVAL FOR JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB
The Stringer: Legal action commences on EPA's approval for James Price Point Gas hub
4 Apr 13: "Goolarabooloo Traditional Custodian Richard Hunter and The Wilderness Society WA have commenced legal proceedings in the WA Supreme Court against the WA Environment Protection Authority and against State Environment Minister Bill Marmion for giving the go-ahead approvals to the Woodside led joint venture James Price Point (Walmadany) liquefied natural gas processing complex hub. Elder Richard Hunter has been fighting the EPA and Woodside in the Courts on one breach after another. He is determined to protect Walmadany."
* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: SHAKE YOUR HEAD IN DISBELIEF
- Analysis / Opinion and Maps
Hands off Country: Shake Your Head in Disbelief
2 Apr 13: "Why isn’t the tourist and fishing industries standing shoulder to shoulder with the Broome community to protect all that we love and value? It constantly surprises me, the total lack of interest, engagement or even debate with or within both these industries. Why do they not weight into the debate about the proposed world’s largest LNG refinery being landed at James Price Point, given the fact that it is their very livelihoods are at stake?"
* INGETJE TADROS: PELICAN CORROBOREE - WELCOME TO SEASHEPHERD IN WALMADAN
Ingetje Tadros: Pelican corroboree - welcome to Seashepherd in Walmadan
"The Pelican Corroboree. This was a welcome to the Seashepherd Crew who came onshore to meet protesters at Walmadan. ... "
Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
* NEWS RE FLOATING OFFSHORE GAS PROCESSING
The West: Barnett hits back over Browse
3 Apr 13: "Premier Colin Barnett has hit back at both sides of Federal politics over their support for floating offshore gas processing, arguing that development of the giant Browse gas field is about more than ensuring riches flow to Canberra. "This is a great natural resource and we should not be looking at this solely in terms of revenue flow to the Commonwealth, where any revenues received would get lost in a Budget deficit," Mr Barnett told _WestBusiness _." Peter Kerr, The West Australian
Hands off Country: Barnett not a happy man.
3 Apr 13: "Barnett on Hutchinson (720 ABC) this morning very upset about FLNG.
Q. When will you say I cant win this.
Barnett wants to know where are all the Australians to stand up for Australia?
Why am I the only voice? Why is it in Australia the media barracks for these things. FLNG. Why do they keep saying JPP is going to fall over? Why? Why is public opinion and the media against it? "I feel pretty lonely in that...""
WA Today: Browse project could face 10-year delay
3 Apr 13: "Woodside Petroleum's $40 billion Browse gas project could be delayed by up to a decade if it does not come to a final investment decision by June. The oil and gas giant is sticking to its June schedule for a decision on building the onshore gas processing plant near Broome. ... But West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says any delays by Woodside and its partners could set the project back many years."
Hands off Country: BHP, Exxon reveal plans for floating LNG platform
2 Apr 13: "The main advantage of floating LNG is that it removes the requirement for building a permanent processing plant onshore, which can prove difficult on many levels, as the Browse project in the Kimberley has demonstrated over recent years."
The West: Federal Libs open to FLNG
2 Apr 13: "An Abbott coalition Government would be open to developing huge gas fields via floating offshore processing, including for Woodside's $40 billion Browse venture, to ensure the gas was developed as quickly as possible. With the Liberal-Nationals Federal coalition odds-on to take power in September, shadow resources minister Ian MacFarlane has made the Opposition's first definitive statement on the issue. The policy sets the Federal Liberal party at odds with WA Premier Colin Barnett, who opposes floating LNG processing for Browse ... " Peter Kerr, The West Australian
EnergyNewsPremium.net : On the record: FLNG fracas on the cards
27 Mar 13: "THE FLNG story got a kick-along this week and it’s not only shaping as a tectonic shift in the industry, but in the political sphere, too. Readers of EnergyNews will be well aware of the Prelude project and Shell’s appetite to get more FLNG projects up and running in Australian waters. In fact, every engagement by Shell’s Australian boss, Ann Pickard, is accompanied by at least 10 journalists asking whether FLNG could be the way to go on the Browse project."
* BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN - JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA
Last updated: 25 March 2013
* NITV NEWS: CALLS ON WA GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION ON YOUTH SUICIDE
SBS World News: Calls on WA government to take action on youth suicide
Source: Brooke Boney, NITV News
3 Apr 13: "A group in Western Australia is calling on Premier Colin Barnett and WA Health Minister Kim Hames to take action on youth suicide. It says funding isn't reaching grass roots programs, and the Noongar community hasn't seen any benefits. NITV News spoke to Robert Eggington from Perth's Dumbatung Aboriginal Corporation about action the group is taking. "During the past month here in Perth we've had in excess of ten deaths due to suicide," Mr Eggington told NITV."
* TRACKER: WA KIDS BRUTALISED IN ADULT JAIL: NEWHOUSE
newsTracker: WA kids brutalised in adult jail: Newhouse
4 Apr 13: "WESTERN AUSTRALIA: A leading human rights lawyer has said children as young as 10 are being brutalised in a West Australian adult prison as he launched landmark legal action to attempt to have them moved. George Newhouse from Shine Lawyers travelled to Perth to lodge a motion in the WA Supreme Court alleging the government decision to house more than 100 young offenders at the maximum security Hakea prison was illegal."
WGAR News: "Legal action launched today to quash decision to imprison children in adult prison" (4 Apr 13)
* NIRS: LEGAL ACTION FOR HAKEA JUVENILE DETENTION
National Indigenous Radio Service: Legal action for Hakea juvenile detention
4 Apr 13: "Human rights lawyer and Shine Lawyers special counsel George Newhouse has launched legal action against a Western Australian Government decision to detain juveniles in an adult prison. ... Perth-based Aboriginal rights campaigner Marianne McKay has welcomed the legal action."
* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:
Last updated: 4 April 2013
* OTHER ARTICLES:
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
4 Apr 13: "* A veteran Queensland Aboriginal rights campaigner says that nothing will change for her people unless they are empowered through culturally safe, bilingual, community controlled programs.
* The first Aboriginal Australian to be appointed as an ambassador and represent his country overseas says it is a good sign for the future of his people."
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