Greens urge new PM to drop NT waste dump
The Australian Greens are calling on new Prime Minister Julia Gillard to dump Federal Labor's plan to impose a nuclear waste dump on the Northern Territory, and work towards a consensus on the best possible site.
NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson has told the media he wants the new PM to review the decision to build a waste dump at Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek.
"This would usher in a new, more respectful relationship between Canberra and constitutionally weak Territory. It would also go some way to repair Federal Labor's battered image in the NT after the party's betrayal of its 2007 election promise," said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.
"Labor said it would put in place a scientific, accountable and consultative process, but Resources Minister Martin Ferguson's plan is anything but. It's based more on political expediency than science or fairness.
"Julia Gillard has vowed to put her Government back on track, but her words will ring hollow with Top Enders if she continues down the same old path of railroading their rights," Senator Ludlam said.
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