A scene from a documentary i made a few years ago. 106 people were arrested on this day, as they peacefully sat on the access road to the portal compound of the now mothballed Jabiluaka uranium mine.
Tha campaign to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine is one of the biggest environmental campaigns Austrailia has seen.
The mine was eventually stopped (temporarily at least) due to opposition from the traditional owners, and their ability, under the NT Land Rights Act, to veto the expansion.
The help of tens of thousands of Australians was also an important part of the opposition.
Now in 2006 the Australian Governement is pushing to expand our nuclear industry, while the opposition Labor Party makes typically ineffectual noises that attempt to create the impression that they care.
The Jabiluka campaign is a wonderful example of how grass roots peaceful direct action can make a difference to the world.
pipstarr. (November 25, 2006). Fight for Country (excerpt). Retrieved November 19, 2019, from EngageMedia Web site: http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/pipstarr/videos/fight_for_country_106_arrests.mp4.