50th Anniversary Of Nuclear Testing In SA!!
50th Anniversary Of Nuclear Testing In South Australia!!
On October 15th 1953, a full-scale atomic bomb code-named `Totem 1' was detonated at Emu Junction in the South Australia desert. The Anangu Aboriginal people across the state's north were never forewarned, but still suffer from the impact of this dense radioactive cloud.
With a blast of 10 kilotons (comparable to Hiroshima's 15 kiloton blast), nuclear fallout from the explosion is responsible for the massive increase in radiation-related illness and genetic birth defects in communities across the outback.
The Kungka Tjuta and many other Aboriginal people's testimonies were not included in the 1984 Royal Commission into the atomic testing program in South Australia. Exclusion, continues today; there has been no apology or compensation granted to Anangu people whose lives have been devastated by nuclear bombs detonated in their country.
Fifty years later this exclusion and devastation continues as the Federal Government plans to build a national nuclear waste dump in far-north SA.
On October 30th at Bar Bodega in Wellington and on October 31st at Galatos Lounge in Auckland, Aboriginal and Maaori artists will come together for OUTBACK DOWNUNDER - a political and musical collaboration designed to draw attention to the continuing racism, oppression, exploitation and exclusion perpetrated by the Australian and New Zealand governments against indigenous populations and the land.
For more information on the 50 year anniversary of the Totem 1 scandal:
Irati Wanti Campaign Office
PO Box 1043 Coober Pedy SA 5723
08 8672 3413 / 0439 450 613
021 896 175
(09 828 5470)