Matriarch urges voters to consider Muckaty stance

THE town matriarch has a strong message for those voting at the election tomorrow.
Nanjing Night Net

Bunny Nabarula (pictured) says everyone should have Muckaty on their minds and vote for the candidate who will best support people from throughout the Barkly in their quest to can the idea of building a nuclear dump in the area.

Bunny Nabarula.

She says Gerry McCarthy is the man.

“McCarthy – I call him my son – will help us fight the Federal Government and make sure they cannot put that dump on our land,” she said.

“Ever since we started this argument, he has been right behind us.

“McCarthy’s government says ‘no’ and he says ‘no’ which makes us old people feel strong.”

Bunny has been at the forefront of the campaign against constructing a national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, her traditional land, since the nomination was first announced five years ago.

She says the fight has made her feel weak but she will not give up.

“I won’t even stop if I’m in the grave,” she said.

“This issue is important to everyone who will ever live in this area, now and in the future.

“Our job is to keep the land clean and safe, not to poison it.”

Other candidates, running for the seat of Barkly, Rebecca Healy, Stewart Willey and Valda Shannon, have all publicly stated their opposition to the nuclear dump.

But it’s not good enough for Bunny.

“The Country Liberal Party, they started this thing by putting up that bill to Parliament so Muckaty could be nominated as a site,” she said.

“And in the past they have said they support the dump being built at Muckaty.

“I’m glad that [Country Liberals candidate] Rebecca Healy says she doesn’t want that dump to happen here and I thank her for her support, but her party doesn’t agree and her words will fall on people with no ears.”

Bunny also took a swipe at First Nations candidate Valda Shannon.

“She has given her preferences to the Country Liberals which means she supports their ideas.

“She didn’t have to do that, she could have given her preferences to McCarthy but she made her choice and I’m angry about that.”

Bunny said she doesn’t care if she upsets anyone with her outspoken views.

“I’m not worried about what people think, I’m too old for that,” she said.

“I care about this land and I’m worried about the future for all people from here, black and white.

“I have to fight to stop that nuclear waste from coming here.

“That’s why I’m asking everyone, I’m begging everyone, to vote number one for my son, Gerry McCarthy.”

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