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Notice given 3 March 2003

355  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the National Cancer Institute (USA) draft report estimates that 11 000 people died from cancers relating to nuclear testing during the Cold War,

(ii) this is the first study to consider the health effects of nuclear detonations, including those done in foreign countries, between 1951 and 1962, when open-air testing was banned, and

(iii) the report concludes that radioactive fallout from the Cold War nuclear testing exposed virtually everyone in the United States and contributed to cancer deaths;

(b) calls on the Federal Government to adopt blood testing, as New Zealand has done, for all veterans who have been exposed to nuclear testing or munitions in light of this new report; and

(c) urges the Federal Government to contact servicemen who are found in the current Australian health study to have been exposed to high levels of radiation, for the purpose of assessing their health condition and providing medical services.

356  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Eileen Kampakuta Brown, senior Yankunytjatjara/Antikarinya woman and member of the Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta from Coober Pedy, was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) for services to the community ‘through the preservation, revival and teaching of traditional Anangu (Aboriginal) culture and as an advocate for Indigenous communities in central Australia’,

(ii) Mrs Brown’s extensive traditional cultural knowledge has compelled her to lead a 10-year struggle against the Federal Government’s proposal to dump radioactive waste in the South Australian desert,

(iii) just days before Mrs Brown was awarded the AO, the Federal Government released its final environmental impact statement for the waste dump project, and

(iv) the Government also announced that $300 000 is to be spent to ‘re-educate’ the South Australian public and to nullify opposition to the dump;

(b) points out to the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) the hypocrisy of the Government in giving an award for services to the community to Mrs Brown but taking no notice of her objection, and that of the Yankunytjatjara/Antikarinya community, to its decision to construct a national repository on this land; and

(c) calls on the Government to reverse its decision to construct a national repository in South Australia.

359  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate congratulates the New South Wales Premier (Mr Carr) for his decision to scrap agreements made under the Regional Forest Agreement so that a further 15 icon areas of forest are to be protected in the north east of New South Wales.

361  Senators Brown and Carr: To move—That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the organisers - the Globalism Institute, the New Internationalist magazine and David Bridie - for the successful West Papua conference and concert held in Melbourne last week; and

(b) condemns the Howard Government for cutting university funding so heavily that universities, like RMIT, are forced to rely on revenue from overseas students for their very survival, leaving RMIT vulnerable to pressure from foreign governments to cancel such events.

Notice of motion altered on 4 March 2003 pursuant to standing order 77.

362  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate supports the rights of the people of West Papua to develop their own distinctive culture and institutions and to determine their own political future.