Stacks/Goudkamp human rights lawyer Joshua Dale – A contact for Nuclear Veterans

I have had a couple of contacts from members of the ANVA who have not heard from the ANVA since Ric passed away late 2012.

The unsuccessful legal action undertaken in Britain, largely comprising of ANVA members, has resulted in Joshua Dale of Stacks/Goudkamp, lodging, as we know, a claim on behalf of those veterans with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

As Mr Dale has over 200 veterans involved in this case, it seems to me that Mr. Dale is in a position to reunite members of the ANVA. It might be an idea for members not involved in the Human Rights claim to contact Mr Dale in order to seek contact with other members.

In so far as who to contact in order to preserve the ANVA since the loss of Ric, the central list, partial as it may be, obviously held by Mr Dale, seems one way to go.

The press release issued by Stacks/Goudkamp is here:

The text of the release reads:

“Maralinga veterans complain to Australian Human Rights Commission

21 February, 2013

Source: The Australian

HUNDREDS of Maralinga veterans and their families have today made a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission over exposure to nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s.

The action by 295 veterans is a last-ditch bid to be recognised for having been present when the British government detonated a series of nuclear bombs in remote South Australia.

Stacks/Goudkamp human rights lawyer Joshua Dale lodged the complaint in Sydney, claiming the Menzies government breached their human rights by ordering their exposure to the harmful effects of radiation in full knowledge of the potential health impacts.

“This really is the end of the line for the veterans, it’s their last chance to make an application and get recognition,” Mr Dale said.

“The government spends so much money defending their access to treatment, we all know they spend a great deal on legal fees … those sorts of funds should be allocated to veterans.”

Mr Dale is arguing the federal government breached articles three, five and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was the only declaration in place at the time of the nuclear explosions.

The breaches relate to their rights to life and liberty; not be tortured or subject to cruel and inhuman treatment; and the right to a standard or living adequate for health and well-being.

The veterans involved in the AHRC complaint were also involved in a joint bid for compensation in Britain, which was rejected last year.

The statute of limitations has prevented the veterans from pursuing their case through Australian courts.

About 8000 veterans were involved in the testing at Maralinga, including mechanics, builders, engineers and army personnel.

Mr Dale said about 2000 were still alive.

He said those nuclear veterans had been found to have a three times higher rate of cancer than the general population, 30 per cent higher death rates and the rate of abnormality in their children was three times higher than normal.

However, any finding made by the AHRC would not be binding and it could not force the federal government to hand over compensation or provide greater rights for veterans. ” end quote.

I have not contacted Mr Dale, however, I think the people appointed by Ric as State ANVA reps, and indeed any other nuclear veteran who wishes to, will probably be most welcome to contact Mr Dale. If not to take part in the HRC action then to attempt to ensure the continuance of an association of that group of veterans who were led by Ric.

The Atomic ExServicemens’ Association remains operational and I can provide the contacts for that organisation if anyone wishes to contact that Association.

4 Responses to “Stacks/Goudkamp human rights lawyer Joshua Dale – A contact for Nuclear Veterans”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Salute to the ANVA

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    • nuclearhistory Says:

      Thanks very much. If you can abide the dropped words, bad grammar and spelling. The bulk of the post was a quote from the lawyers press release.

  3. No War Now Says:

    Thanks so much for pulling all this together, sorry 2 hear about yr puteremail issues. thx for the #update there. Keep up the good fight, mate!

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