Lismore rocks against nukes

If nuclear power is the answer, it must have been a pretty stupid question Professor Ian Lowe, Australian Conservation Foundation president. None of the promises last but the problems always do Yvonne Margarula, Mirrar traditional owner

Award-winning recording artists and local community members unite this Sunday, November 18, in Lismore to Rock Against Racism and Promote a Nuclear Free Future. The event will be held at the Italo Club in North Lismore and is promoting the Friends of the Earth website votenuclearfree.net and other sources of accurate information on the short and long-term negative effects of nuclear energy and uranium mining.

Chris Fisher, Tony Gordon and Robert Corowa, promoters and performers at the coming concert, said they wanted to acknowledge the suffering that the exploitation of uranium has brought to Aboriginal peoples of Australia, through testing at Maralinga, mining at Jabiluka and the threat of dumping nuclear waste.

Robert Corowa, a representative of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, stressed that Uranium has to stay in the ground.

Peoples of the Northern Territory and South Australia are already suffering the horrific effects of radioactive poisoning, the legacy of nuclear testing and uranium mining, he said.We also acknowledge that local Bundjalung families have been severely impacted by mining activities including asbestos and gold mining.

The program of original artists includes nationally acclaimed Bunna Laurie of Coloured Stone fame with a new line up The Whale Dreamers. Monkey & the Fish playing Dolphin Award-winning tunes including the song Bundjalung, which is a collaborative composition and performance with local Custodians, Spooki and Louie Bidet, Ebony and the Uranium Ban, plus special guests to be advised. The program will commence at 3pm with acknowledgement of Bundjalung country and peoples, traditional owners of Lismore and surrounds.

Bunna Laurie and Coloured Stone performed at a protest against the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine on Mirrar land in Kakadu National Park prior to the 1998 federal election. Midnight Oil and Regurgitator (inset) also performed at the dawn concert, and the mine project was ultimately abandoned.


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