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Nuclear waste land: Indigenous Australians fight radioactive dump plan

Nuclear waste land: Indigenous Australians fight radioactive dump plan

An Australian government plan to build a central repository for radioactive waste in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia’s biggest mountain range and an iconic tourist attraction, has sparked debate over the nation’s nuclear future that highlights a familiar tension between quick economic gain and long-term custodianship of land occupied by Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years.

Traditional landowners call the plan for a low- to intermediate-level nuclear waste dump a desecration of sacred sites rich in cultural and archaeological importance to indigenous Adnyamathanha people, while proponents see the promise of jobs and infrastructure.

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Read an accompanying blog by Timothy Large: Fight over Australia nuclear dump shows clash of world views

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