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Earthquakes and tremors in Tennant Creek area

Scott Ludlam 8 Oct 2010

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-Can you provide us, within reason-so not every tiny little tremor-with an earthquake or tremor summary for the Tennant Creek area for the past 25 years or so? How difficult would that be to produce?

Dr Drummond-You would be able to do that by simply querying the earthquakes on our website by putting in a latitude-longitude range, and it would return to you all of the earthquakes that we have recorded and noted in our system.

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Radioactive Waste Management in Australia and Muckaty Station

Scott Ludlam 5 Oct 2010

I rise to speak briefly on the question of radioactive waste management in Australia. It is fitting that these are the first remarks I will offer in this new parliament. Although we have not yet seen our new colleagues come into the Senate as yet, it is something of a new dawn politically and I am very pleased to be able to add these remarks. We are seeing now recognition of the need for negotiation. We are in an environment that we have not been in in Australian politics in around 70 years.

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International Radioactive Waste Action Day

Scott Ludlam 5 Oct 2010

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) - I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) 29 September is International Radioactive Waste Action Day,

(ii) locating domestically produced nuclear waste at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory is highly
contested by traditional owners, is currently being challenged in the Federal Court and is inappropriate
due to under and above ground water movements and high seismic activity in the region,

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Opportunity for new consensus approach to nuclear waste

Scott Ludlam 29 Sep 2010

The Australian Greens have called on the minority Labor Government to use the current political environment to forge a new consensus approach to the management of radioactive nuclear waste in Australia.

With a new parliament requiring negotiation and scrutiny of proposals in both houses, this is a great opportunity for a new way forward in dealing with the vexed issue of nuclear waste.

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Greens propose National Commission to break radioactive waste deadlock

Scott Ludlam 13 Aug 2010

The Australian Greens today called on the old parties to agree to a National Commission to carry out a proper scientific and deliberative investigation of the best way to manage Australia's radioactive waste inventory.

"This is the only way to ensure public confidence in the process, which up to now has relied on political expediency and broken promises," said Greens spokesperson on nuclear issues, Senator Scott Ludlam in Alice Springs.

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Greens support TOs legal fight against nuclear waste dump

Scott Ludlam 27 Jul 2010

The Australian Greens have pledged support for Traditional Owners from the Northern Territory as they commence a legal challenge against the Federal Government's proposed nuclear waste dump on their land near Tennant Creek.

Senator Scott Ludlam will join Muckaty Traditional Owners Dianne Stokes and Mark Lane, and Human Rights Lawyer George Newhouse at a special event in Sydney tonight to discuss the fight against the dump.

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Greens support nationwide campaign to scrap NT waste dump

Scott Ludlam 2 Jul 2010

The Australian Greens have joined a national campaign to get new Prime Minister Julia Gillard to dump her Government's plan for a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a major new campaign seeking community support and donations to run newspaper and billboard advertising asking for the Government to ‘Dump the Dump' - www.dumpthedump.org.au.

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Greens urge new PM to drop NT waste dump

Scott Ludlam 29 Jun 2010

 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.

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Muckaty Land Trust

Scott Ludlam 17 Jun 2010

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 24 March 2010:
(1) In accordance with the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (the Act), who were the trustees appointed as members and chair of the Muckaty Land Trust (the trust) by the Minister on the recommendation of the Northern Land Council (NLC) for the:

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Geoscience

Senator LUDLAM-You might want to take this on notice. I have been sent a paper by a geophysicist who is investigating a link between very large open pit mines and seismic activity-the super pit being one example and the Newcastle earthquake another and so on. Has Geoscience done any recent research into that area and can you provide us with a backgrounder or table any research on induced earthquakes around large open pits?

Dr Pigram-No.

Senator LUDLAM-No to everything?

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