Doctors seek second opinion on radioactive waste laws

MAPW today called on the Government to withdraw the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill which is listed for debate in the Senate. If passed the legislation would see Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek, as the only site initially assessed for a radioactive waste dump.

The Bill was listed for today, but because of a logjam of business, will not be debated until mid- June this year.

Leading health organisations including MAPW and the Public Health Association have signed a statement calling for a comprehensive Inquiry into the production of radioisotopes (including non-nuclear-reactor sources), and the disposal of nuclear medicine waste, before any action is taken to advance any national radioactive waste dump. The AMA also supports the call for an Inquiry.

”The government has continually misled the public by stating that a nuclear industry is necessary to provide treatment to people with cancer”, said Dr Hilary Tyler, an Emergency Physician from the Northern Territory. “As medical professionals we strongly reject this.”

“There is neither good science, nor community consent for a national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty.”

 Dr Peter Karamoskos, MAPW Executive Member and a nuclear radiologist added, “We need an inquiry to establish how Australia can manage existing nuclear waste in the safest and most responsible and accountable way”.

  • Read the MAPW media release
  • For more information please contact Nancy Atkin on 0431 475 465
  • Hilary Tyler, a member of MAPW, questions the link between uranium mining and nuclear medicine in this article from the Sydney Morning Herald.