For many years a sign on the road from Maralinga to Oak Valley warned people to stay in their vehicles.
On this same land Aboriginal people hunted and hunt and gather.
A Vulcan bomber fired a loaded but disarmed nuclear missile over the Maralinga Range. The missile overshot its target, resulting in the missile disintegrating and spreading plutonium* dust over a wide area off of the Range.
In the 1980s the Adelaide Advertiser reported on the discovery of plutonium in the Oak Valley school yard and buildings. The white teachers refused to work and returned to Adelaide. The people of Oak Valley had to continue to live there. ……..
Within the pages of this blog there is a detailed description of how nuclear authorities denied diagnosis for decades, “lost” medical records, when diagnosis of survivors was made 3 decades after the event, the event which caused the symptoms was not referenced and specifically in relation to recurrent local radiation injury to skin, which can become a chronic and cyclic event, outbreaks of symptoms recurring in cycles over decades………..
…...No such medical diagnosis was made a year earlier in Australia when so many Aboriginal Australians reported, to deaf ears, the exact same symptoms and signs as those suffered by the Marshall Islanders and DIAGNOSED in context with the presence of fallout by US military and medical authorities.
It has been a constant source of frustration to me for many years than the MEDICAL precedent of the diagnosis of the Marshall Islanders by the United States gives the lie to the British claim that the illnesses and death suffered by Australian Aborigines at the time and since cannot be proven to have been caused by nuclear fallout.
It is an easy thing to deny diagnosis, as was done – affected people asked for diagnosis in 1953 and later and doctors in Australia REFUSED to give a diagnosis.
Now, in 2013, British authorities claim nothing can be proven to show it is liable for the suffering and death it visited by its actions and in concert with Australian authorities upon Aboriginal people.
I received no reply from the IAEA in regard to Australia’s and Britain’s breach of procedure in regard to the diagnosis of Beta Burn (local radiation injury). Such injuries can be used as dose markers. And this fact is unwelcome…….