No Sense?

… It makes all the sense in the world…

Yesterday the Territory Government said it would not support a mine at the site because of community opposition.

But the Minerals Council’s Mitch Hook says rejecting a mine at such an early stage makes no sense.

“We’re looking at the options, and given that the Federal Government has jurisdiction in this space we’ll certainly be making representations to the government to see what, if anything, can be done to resurrect this project,” he said.

In other words, Mr Hook… not only do you NOT CARE what the people nearby your poison pit want… and not only do you COMPLETELY DISREGARD the rejection of the territory that you want to poison… but you’re openly admitting that you’re going to approach the federal government in an attempt to bribe them into allowing this monstrosity.

Meanwhile, a senior Arrente woman says many Aboriginal people – particularly those living in town camps south of Alice Springs – are scared about the potential development of the Angela Pamela uranium mine.

Christobel Swan says people are worried they will get sick in the same way people did after nuclear testing at Maralinga in South Australia in the 1950s.

“There’s a lot of old people here, and the young people… we don’t want that uranium here because… we really don’t like that,” she said.

“There’s a lot of people who don’t understand this uranium and what this uranium’s going do to us.”

These people are not savages. Their race has survived in this country for at least 40 000 years. It is one of the oldest living races on the planet. And in that time they have managed to remember a lot more about this place and what has happened in it than any other culture in the world… more and more scientific proof that ‘stories’ depict ancient real life events is being uncovered every day.

I personally think we could all do well to listen to their advice on a good manner of subjects… looking after our environment should be a given. And who better to actually remember what happened at Maralinga? We, with the video cameras and scientific evidence don’t seem to remember too well at all.

These people deserve the right to defend their land against those who seek to destroy it… particularly if there is a health risk to their people. We would not like someone to come into our back yard and start digging great holes and spreading poisonous materials around… why should they?

To me, Mr Hook… this makes all the sense in the world. In fact, I don’t think it could be any clearer. You don’t own the land, nor the people who live on it… and you’re certainly neither God nor the law. So what gives you the right to assume that you can steal anything from these people?

Who do you think you are? Keep your hands off!