No Dump at Muckaty – National Day of Action, 12 April 2010

Protesters on steps of Parliament House

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On the day a Senate enquiry into the plan was due to start in Darwin, Friends of the Earth’s Anti-nuclear and Clean Energy Collective (ACE) and ASEN ( Australian Student Environment Network) joined forces in a loud and colourful event forming part of a National Day of Action against Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson’s plans for a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty in the Northern Territory.
Protesters gathered first on the steps of the Victorian Parliament House before making their way through the lunchtime crowds of the CBD to join Ziggy the nuclear White Elephant at Flinders Street Station. Here there were speakers, music including rappers Luke Haralampou, Pataphysics and Izzy from Combat Wombat, Jim Power with his banjo, and Madeline Hudson, who was also MC for the day. Jim Green from FoE discussed the options for dealing with nuclear waste, including the preferred one of not creating it in the first place, and Emma Kessord spoke for ASEN. Indigenous activist Robbie Thorpe acknowledged the elders and traditional owners of the land on which the protest was taking place, and condemned the trashing of Aboriginal land by colonialism. The protest ended with a symbolic dumping of ‘radioactive waste’ ‘in Martin Ferguson’s backyard’.