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The Maralinga Aborigines And Their Traditional Lands

EDM number 850 in 1991-92, proposed by Keith Raffan on 12/03/1992.

That this House notes that a recent BBC2 nature programme, Secrets in the Sands, and the visit of a delegation of Maralinga Aborigines to London have drawn attention to the effects of the British atomic test programme in Australia at Maralinga and Emu between 1953 and 1963 on the Maralinga Aborigines; is seriously concerned about the deterioration of their health and cultural heritage as a result of being kept away from their traditional lands for 30 years after the commencement of the test programme and that a portion of their lands will remain dangerously contaminated by plutonium for the next 250,000 years; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to accept joint responsibility with the Australian Government for decontaminating the Maralinga lands so that they are in a fit state for Aboriginal habitation and further to compensate the Aborigines for the loss of any land which, on environmental grounds, cannot be safely decontaminated.

This motion has been signed by a total of 9 MPs.

Keith Raffan12/03/1992DelynProposed
Alf Morris12/03/1992Manchester WythenshaweSigned
Paul Flynn12/03/1992Newport WestSigned
Richard Alexander12/03/1992NewarkSigned
Dafydd Elis Thomas12/03/1992Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
Dafydd Wigley12/03/1992CaernarfonSigned
Alan Meale13/03/1992MansfieldSigned
Andrew Faulds13/03/1992Warley EastSigned
John Battle13/03/1992Leeds WestSigned

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