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Federal Labor welcomes decision on Muckaty Station



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GARY GRAY MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES SHADOW MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA MEMBER FOR BRAND

WARREN SNOWDON MP SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA MEMBER FOR LINGIARI

SENATOR NOVA PERIS OAM SENATOR FOR NORTHERN TERRITORY

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FEDERAL LABOR WELCOMES DECISION ON MUCKATY STATION

Federal Labor welcomes the decision of the Northern Land Council (NLC) to abandon its push to locate a radioactive waste management facility at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory.

We note that the decision was arrived at by the NLC out of respect for the views of aboriginal elders.

“As the only Federal Minister to have visited the land owners and residents at the Muckaty Station, I welcome the process undertaken to come to this decision, which respected the rights of Aboriginal people to express self-determination about land use”, said Gary Gray.

“The decision on Muckaty is recognition and reinforcement of the absolute rights of Aboriginal people, under the Land Rights Act, to make decisions on what developments happen on their land,” Warren Snowdon said.

“I welcome the decision of the NLC and congratulate the local people that have fought to achieve this outcome over the past seven years.

“I look forward to any future decisions around locating radioactive waste management facilities being based on scientific evidence”, said Senator Nova Peris.

This decision is significant as it reflects a process of proper community consultation and respect for the traditional owners of the land.

THURSDAY, 19 JUNE 2014