Community protest outside Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
199 George Street, Sydney CBD
John Kaye, NSW Greens MP
Holly Creenaune, Friends of the Earth
Nat Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Statement from Dr Helen Caldicott
Protect workers, Protect communities
No nuclear waste dump on Aboriginal land
Stop uranium mining, No to nuclear weapons
The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce is organising a business lunch on June 29 titled "Nuclear Energy after Fukushima".
The Dimona nuclear reactor in Israel is used in a covert nuclear weapons program which fuels nuclear proliferation across the region. Israel has consistently been accused by Palestinian groups of using depleted uranium weaponry and dumping nuclear waste on their lands.
Speakers at the event include Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and nuclear advocate Ziggy Switkowski,Former Chair of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
Martin Ferguson is aggressively pushing expansion the nuclear industry in Australia, from uranium mining through to the planned nuclear waste dump on Aboriginal land at Muckaty in the NT.
Ziggy Switkowski, publicly advocates for nuclear power in Australia and is a (non executive) director of controversial company Lynas, which is planning to dump radioactive waste from its rare earth mine in Western Australia in Malaysia.
The lunch invitation laments that in Australia "...the nuclear option (despite uranium being in plentiful supply), has been sidelined as part of the mix for alternative clean energy solutions".
Nuclear power is no solution to climate change and this toxic industry is blocking a transition to renewable energy.
While the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce meet, uranium mined in Australia will continue to fuel the catastrophe at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The Japanese government now admits three meltdowns have occurred during the crisis, workers and communities continue to worry about health effects from the accident and concern is spreading around the world as products are exported from the contaminated region.
MUA Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith has raised concern this week about contamination of vehicles from Japan arriving in Port Kembla adding, "We're of the view testing needs to be more comprehensive and needs to be expanded into other forms of cargo than motor vehicles"
Since taking office the Labor government has expanded uranium exploration and mining, including approval of a new mine at Beverly Four Mile. The proposed expansion of the Olympic Dam mine in SA would create the biggest open cut mine on earth, leaking 8 million litres of radioactive liquid tailings every day.
Aboriginal people at Muckaty in the Northern Territory continue to resist the imposition of a nuclear waste dump on their land, despite legislation enabling the dump set to pass the Senate in July.
Demand an immediate halt to uranium mining and dumping in Australia. Stand with the people of Japan. Help fight for a clean energy future.