Medical waste is what the government is 'talking up', but making Australia the world's nuclear waste site is the plan!
Our peoples are living in desperate situations so it is absolutely disgraceful that governments and their agents are offering them very tasty carrots so they allow this poison on their land for thousands of years - for payments that will marginally improve their lives in the next few years.
Many people in Australia are in the hunt for millions of dollars as the government searches for a place to dump 14 tonnes of nuclear waste, just for starters
The waste the government is 'talking up' will be returned to Australia by the end of next year following treatment in France and the UK.
The government's hunt for a new hiding spot for the waste comes after a deal to store it on First Nations land in the Northern Territory station of Muckaty fell through.
There will be six cubic metres of waste stored in stainless steel drums, for starters.
They have resorted to talking about waste that was originally created by nuclear reactors which operated in Lucas Heights, Sydney. That waste was shipped overseas under an international agreement to allow countries with more advanced facilities and more experienced operators to undertake further processing, removing other radioactive elements.
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said the government was seeking submissions from landowners.
Central Australia is the preferred destination, due to its remoteness, dry weather and perceived geological stability.
However, a nation-wide tender process will be conducted if a site has not been submitted and approved by September 30 2014.
The successful applicant could reportedly receive "tens of millions of dollars" for storing the waste on their land.
Amos Aikman www.theaustralian.com.au 16 August 2014
An Alice Springs-based group of Aborigines is pushing to revive plans to host Australia's nuclear waste 30km north of the town, with help from the Northern Territory and federal governments.
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion
Adam Giles Northern Territory Chief Minister
Central Land Council Director David Ross
The proposal has become entwined with ructions inside the powerful Central Land Council (CLC) that have seen chairman Maurie Ryan suspended for the second time this year.
Members of the group told The Weekend Australian they were recognised as traditional owners at a full CLC meeting they attended at Mr Ryan's invitation. They said the office of Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion had intervened to force the reluctant CLC to accept and fund their visit.
The group later met Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles to discuss the dump plan, which is understood to be gathering support. During that meeting representatives of one family group asked to be paid $2 million to negotiate, but were rebuffed.
The site, known as Mount Everard, was put forward as one of four potential sites for a nuclear waste dump under the Howard government.
Lesley Tickner, who believes his family owns the country, said the family could see no problem with storing low-level radioactive waste on ancestral lands. "They're all for it," he said. "We've got some paperwork from Adam Giles."
Russell Bray, another member, said Mr Giles had indicated another site, near Lajamanu, about 900km northwest of Alice Springs, was also being looked at.
Mr Bray accused the CLC executive of improperly trying to overturn his family's declaration as traditional owners, and of neglecting the interests of its Aboriginal constituents. A CLC spokeswoman rejected this.
CLC director David Ross has been locked in a bitter battle for several months with Mr Ryan, with whom Mr Bray and Mr Tickner are aligned. Mr Ryan, who is in a legal dispute with the CLC executive over attempts to suspend him from his chairman's post, called on Senator Scullion to investigate. "I want the Land Rights Act brought back to the Northern Territory so we can do development," he said.
Senator Scullion expressed concern about the CLC ructions, and the expiring three-month window to find an NT dump site. "I would expect that the CLC will listen to the interests of its constituents and I hope that it is up to the challenge, if traditional owners want to pursue this," he said.
Mr Giles said several traditional owners had expressed interest in hosting a nuclear dump.