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'We are the Aboriginal Women. Yankunytjatjara, Antikarinya and Kokatha. We know the country. The poison the government is talking about will poison the land. We say, "No radiocative dump in our ngura-in our country". It's strictly poison, we don't want it.'


  • Written soon after hearing about the waste dump proposal for the Billa Kalina region, this statement circulated around Australia and the world.

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    y separately published work icon Talking Straight Out Nina Brown (editor), Coober Pedy : Alapalatja Press , 2005 Z1673651 2005 anthology prose oral history column correspondence dreaming story

    'In February 1998 the Federal Government announced its plan to build a national radioactive waste dump in the South Australian desert. In March a council of senior Aboriginal women from Coober Pedy, the Kupa Piti Tjuta, made an announcement of their own.

    "We say no radioactive wast dump on our ngura-in our country."

    For six years the women travelled the country, talking straight out. They called their campaign Irati Wanti-the poison, leave it.

    They explained, they demanded, they marched and sang. They told of extraordinary personal histories. They worked with greenies and wrote passionate letters to politicians.

    They won.

    Now they want to share their stories with you.' (Source: Back Cover)

    Coober Pedy : Alapalatja Press , 2005
    pg. 12-13
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