The Denial of Nuclear Victims in Australia’s Past.

In October 1953 a nuclear weapon test in South Australia resulted in cloud chase planes loosing track of a major parts of the nuclear cloud. The cloud broke up soon after detonation. Royal Australian and United States aircraft all lost track of these portions.

In the years since, reports from Aboriginal Australians and farmers all attested to the existence of a ground level cloud that rolled along the ground like a Black Mist. Both sets of witnesses reported a sticky residue left on objects in the path of the Black Mist.

Official response was one of denial.

n response to the persistent reports which related the horror of the Australian
Black Mist incident, in 1980 Professor Titterton, Chair of the Atomic Weapons
Test Safety Committee told national radio : “No such thing can possibly occur.
I don’t know of any black mists. No black mists have ever been reported until
the scare campaign was started. …If you investigate black mists sure you’re
going to get into an area where mystique is the central feature.”

Despite such official denials the stories of the events of October 1953
continued. Witnesses such as Yami Lester continued to speak of what was
seen and suffered as a result of the Black Mist from an atomic bomb blast.
The Black Mist rolled through places occupied mainly by Aboriginal
people. European Australians saw it also. For example, Mrs A. Lander, Mrs G.
Giles and Mr Ernest Giles testified to the existence of the cloud.

Some of the witnesses wrote accounts of the Black Mist. Yami Lester heard
Titterton lying on National Radio. Mr Lester’s autobiography has a vivid
recollection of the event which did cost lives. It cost Mr Lester his eye sight.

Other people who saw the cloud and suffered the consequences include Lallie Lennon and
the late Jessie Lennon. Both wrote books about the cloud and its effects.

Still, even today the Australian nuclear regulator maintains no harm came to anyone.

Here is a letter I received from ARPANSA, maintaining the “Titterton Line”
(the radiological equivalent of King Canute and the tide of truth):

arpansa 1

Arpansa 2

The most advanced arithmetic in the world can be self serving. No one in authority gave a rat’s about the victims
at the time. Doctors and nurses were intimidated into silence, I am told by a nurse who was there. Hospital records were “lost”.

I received an email from a solicitor informing me of the following:

From: xxxxx xxxxxxx
Date: 24 November 2010 21:53
To: paullangley@xxxxxxx

Hi Paul,

I have been provided with your submission on behalf of xxxxxxxx

Are you aware that I acted for xxxxxx and secured compensation for x on the basis that x
xxxxxxxx was caused by the Totem I blast?



Further inquiries revealed that the outcome of a court case in which a victim who had suffered
a permanent injury due to contact with nuclear weapon fallout resulted in a finding for the victim.
On the basis of the medical evidence the court found that the bomb fallout had caused the injury.

However, the court proceedings in this matter are suppressed from the public record, and ARPANSA is still
therefore free to claim that nuclear fallout is perfectly safe.

It is not.

The conclusion I reasonably draw in the face of this contradiction between individual harm as proven in legal proceedings
on the basis of the evidence, and the continued denial of that harm by nuclear authorities is that as far as the truth goes, the authorities aren’t authorities at all.

I have no doubt personally therefore that the same holds true today in Japan.

2 Responses to “The Denial of Nuclear Victims in Australia’s Past.”

  1. CaptD Says:

    I agree, the Japanese are doing the same type of paper shuffle backed up by Corporate and Government denial!

    The two things making it different are the Web and personal Geiger Counters; they have allowed people from across the Planet to examine in detail what has happened and hold both TEPCO and their Government regulators responsible for what they have done to Northern Japan and the Pacific Ocean!

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