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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to billie.harrison@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Screening success

The Port Lincoln Lions Club would like to thank the people of Port Lincoln and surrounding districts for their participation and support of the Free Lions Skin Cancer Screening Unit that was here recently.

As there were limited numbers that could be screened over the two days, we apologise to the people we could not fit in. Without your support this very worthwhile project would not happen.

The screening unit is sponsored by Lions Club’s over C1 and C2 Lions districts, that covers the whole state and the Northern Territory. It is run by volunteers, that is why we can provide a free community service to the public.

However the cost to run the unit is quite substantial and your generous donations over the two days were very much appreciated.

The unit is fully booked for the rest of the year, however it will be back on the Eyre Peninsula sometime in 2018.

The statistics from the screening are scary, with 222 people screened, the number of suspect lesions were 89 and the number suspected to be life threatening was 44.

Fifty-eight people were referred to their GP for further investigation.

Thank you once again and we are proud to be able to live up to our motto ‘We serve’.

GAVIN ROBERTS

Port Lincoln Lions Club screening coordinator

SA - too good to (radioactive) waste

Premier Jay Weatherill’s recent end to a controversial plan to ship, store and bury international high level radioactive waste in South Australia is both overdue and very welcome.

The plan was ill-considered and poorly costed and the reality would have been permanent pollution and radioactive risk.

The plan always lacked community consent and never enjoyed state or federal bi-partisan political support.

It attracted sustained opposition that saw protest actions, rallies, tens of thousands of petitions and protest letters and widespread civil society and Aboriginal opposition. 

Eighty percent of participants in a Citizens Jury process last year rejected the plan ‘under any circumstances’.

The Premier’s decision to finally and formally walk away from the dump plan highlights the importance of people power and of standing up, speaking up and taking action, and this remains important given Canberra’s plan for a national radioactive waste site on the Eyre Peninsula.

DAVE SWEENEY

Australian Conservation Foundation

Nuclear waste - too good to be true?

For nearly 20 years, the government has been trying to find a place for nuclear waste. 

Aboriginal communities one after another rejected the money the government was dangling in front of them, saying correctly that they are entitled to good health, education and other facilities regardless of whether they take waste.

The government has reassuring displays of low level waste – gloves and gowns in storage drums. But very seldom mentions the plutonium and enriched uranium that will need nuclear safeguards and security for as long as it is stored. Plutonium is the material used to make nuclear weapons. 

The government encourages groups to tour ANSTO but nobody is taken on a tour of the leaking drums stored at Woomera, nor the abandoned lands at Maralinga where they have failed so badly in the “clean-ups”.

There is an old saying - if something seems too good to be true, it is usually is. 

The money will be long spent and your children and grandchildren will live with the consequences. 

Does Kimba really want to be famous for being the nuclear waste dump of Australia?

DR MARGARET BEAVIS

Medical Association for the Prevention of War

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