The issue of disposing of nuclear waste on the living countries of Australia’s First Peoples is of such great consequence that it cannot be decided by one small indigenous group alone.

As this extremely lethal poisonous waste will be around for many generations, an issue like this has to be decided by Australia’s First Peoples as sovereign nation peoples.

And decided as a result of genuine consultations, free from economic or other form of coercion, with First Peoples sovereign representatives, using cross-culturally appropriate materials to explain the proposal and the risks and cross-culturally appropriate means to conduct the negotiations.

The reason for locating this facility in places like Muckaty in the Northern Territory has been established by a Greens Senator in Committee as being a purely political move and not as a result of good scientific practice.

To impose a radioactive waste facility in the midst of the lives of First Peoples without the informed consent of all who will have to live with the risks to their personal and genetic well-being is tantamount to an act of genocide.


The Australian Constitution and the Australian Parliament do not recognise Australia’s First Peoples. The Australian Parliament has no indigenous representatives and no indigenous body to represent First Peoples in liaison with the Australian Government.

The Commonwealth of Australia has had 110 years to rectify this great international anomally.With the exception of Prime Minister Bob Hawke (Barunga 1988) Australia’s politicians have not even begun to move towards a treaty or treaties. As a result, the affairs of both indigenous and non-indigenous people in Australia have been mismanaged.

Since the Anglo-Australian state does not recognise Australia’s First Peoples as First Peoples, and does not recognise their co-existing indigenous sovereignty, there is no way at the present time that this issue can be properly resolved.

The modern Anglo-Australian nation state has no treaty Australia’s First Peoples. This means that the forms of sovereignty which have existed in Australia from time immemorial remain unextinguished by acts of the Anglo-Australian Executive and Parliament.

The Australian Senate stands poised to pass the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill at its next sitting in June.

The proper course of action for the Australian Parliament is to negotiate a treaty (or treaties) with Australia’s First Peoples before it begins to seek their informed consent for the use their living countries as nuclear dumping grounds.

This is a matter of global importance.

When the Aboriginal Flag flies alongside the Anglo-Australian Flag over Parliament House in Canberra we will know all is well in the law making body we are all enjoined to respect in the name of the rule of law.

Until such times the Australian Parliament can not be allowed to be the final word on matters which go to the heart of the well-being of Australia’s surviving First Peoples.