[WGAR-news] [Australian] Federal Government green light uranium mining for WA: The Stringer
- Federal Government green light uranium mining for WA: The Stringer
Newsletter date: 5 April 2013
This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/04/wgar-news-federal-government-green-light-uranium-mining-for-wa-the-stringer
* 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 ... "
- Related News
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
* 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."
- Related Audio
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
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
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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