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Australia - Atomic Confessions Movie; Details Suffering, Health Problems And Deaths By Atomic Bomb Testing To Aborigines, Veterans; 21,000 Bodies Snatched In Top Secret Radiation Testing Program

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Angela_R November 7, 2014  Australian Atomic Confessions

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Sacrificial Lambs on the High Alter of Science 

Australian servicemen and nomadic Aboriginals reveal the devastating effects of atomic weapons testing carried out in Australia by the British during the 1950s. For the first time, members of the Royal Australian Army, Air Force and Navy describe former top secret aspects of those tests. 

With the use of rare archival film and photographs, as well as eye witness accounts, Australian Atomic Confessions chronicles the hidden history and exposes previously hidden Government cover-ups. The consequences of nuclear testing imposed on the Australian people and land are not just skeletons of the past. 

Sydneys' new nuclear reactor continues to pose a threat to the environment and civilians, and the problem of removing and disposing of the old nuclear reactor remains an unanswered question. Prominent Aboriginal Elders also warn that an imminent catastrophe may occur in Central Australia as a result of two uranium mines. Australian Atomic Confessions is a chilling expose of nuclear testing and its damaging legacy, one that continues to this day. 

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Fallout that they hid for decades:

Silent Storm atomic testing in Australia

From 1957 to 1978, scientists secretly removed bone samples from over 21,000 dead Australians as they searched for evidence of the deadly poison, Strontium 90 - a by-product of nuclear testing. Silent Storm reveals the story behind this astonishing case of officially sanctioned 'body-snatching'. 

Set against a backdrop of the Cold War, the saga follows celebrated scientist, Hedley Marston, as he attempts to blow the whistle on radioactive contamination and challenge official claims that British atomic tests posed no threat to the Australian people. Marston's findings are not only disputed, he is targeted as 'a scientist of counter-espionage interest'.

In 2001 tons of ashed human bones were found in Melbourne, contaminated by Strontium 90, a toxic residue of nuclear weapon tests in Australia and around the world.


According to Wikipedia; "British nuclear tests at Maralinga occurred between 1955 and 1963 at the Maralinga site, part of the Woomera Prohibited Area, in South Australia. A total of seven nuclear tests were performed, with approximate yields ranging from 1 to 27 kilotons of TNT equivalent. The site was also used for hundreds of minor trials, many of which were intended to investigate the effects of fire or non-nuclear explosions on atomic weapons.

The site was contaminated with radioactive materials and an initial cleanup was attempted in 1967. The McClelland Royal Commission, an examination of the effects of the tests, delivered its report in 1985, and found that significant radiation hazards still existed at many of the Maralinga test areas. It recommended another cleanup, which was completed in 2000 at a cost of $108 million. Debate continued over the safety of the site and the long-term health effects on the traditionalAboriginal owners of the land and former personnel. In 1994, the Australian Government paid compensation amounting to $13.5 million to the local Maralinga Tjarutja people.

Historical context

On 3 October 1952, the United Kingdom tested its first nuclear weapon, named "Hurricane", at the Montebello Islands off the coast of Western Australia. A year later the first nuclear test on the Australian mainland was Totem 1 (9.1 kilotons) at Emu Field in the Great Victoria Desert, South Australia, on 15 October 1953. Totem 2 (7.1 kilotons) followed two weeks later on 27 October.[1]

The British government formally requested a permanent test facility on 30 October 1953. Due to concerns about nuclear fallout from the previous tests at Emu Field, the recently surveyed Maralinga site was selected for this purpose.[2] The new site was announced in May 1955.[1][3] It was developed as a joint, co-funded facility between the British and Australian governments.[4]

Prior to selection, the Maralinga site was inhabited by the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Aboriginalpeoples, for whom it had a "great spiritual significance". Many were relocated to a new settlement at Yulata, and attempts were made to curtail access to the Maralinga site. These were often unsuccessful.[5]

Major tests

Two major test series were conducted at the Maralinga site: Operation Buffalo and Operation Antler.

Operation Buffalo commenced on 27 September 1956. The operation consisted of the testing of four nuclear devices, codenamed One Tree, Marcoo, Kite and Breakaway respectively. One Tree (12.9 kilotons) and Breakaway(10.8 kilotons) were exploded from towers, Marcoo (1.4 kilotons) was exploded at ground level, and Kite (2.9 kilotons) was released by a Royal Air Force Vickers Valiant bomber from a height of 35,000 feet.[6][7][8] This was the first launching of a British atomic weapon from an aircraft.

The fallout from these tests was measured using sticky paper, air sampling devices, and water sampled from rainfall and reservoirs.[9] The radioactive cloud from Buffalo 1 (One Tree) reached a height of 37,500 ft, exceeding the predicted 27,900 ft, and radioactivity was detected in South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, and Queensland. All four Buffalo tests were criticised by the 1985 McClelland Royal Commission, which concluded that they were fired under inappropriate conditions.[10]


In 2001, Dr Sue Rabbit Roff, a researcher from the University of Dundee, uncovered documentary evidence that troops had been ordered to run, walk and crawl across areas contaminated by the Buffalo tests in the days immediately following the detonations;[11] a fact that the British government later admitted.[12] Dr Roff stated that "it puts the lie to the British government's claim that they never used humans for guinea pig-type experiments in nuclear weapons trials in Australia."[13]

Operation Antler followed in 1957. Antler was designed to test components for thermonuclear weapons, with particular emphasis on triggering mechanisms.[14] Three tests began in September, codenamed Tadje,Biak and Taranaki. The first two tests were conducted from towers, the last was suspended from balloons. Yields from the weapons were 0.93 kilotons, 5.67 kilotons and 26.6 kilotons respectively.[6] The Tadje test used cobalt pellets as a 'tracer' for determining yield;[10][15] later rumours developed that Britain had been developing a cobalt bomb.[15] 

The Royal Commission found that personnel handling these pellets were later exposed to the active cobalt 60.[10] Although the Antler series were better planned and organised than earlier series, intermediate fallout from the Taranaki test exceeded predictions.[10]

Major tests at Maralinga[16]


Operation Buffalo
One tree 27 Sep 1956 17:00 29.87°S 131.658°E 12.9 kT Tower
Marcoo 4 Oct 1956 16:30 29.883°S 131.623°E 1.4 kT Ground-level
Kite 11 Oct 1956 14:27 28.89°S 131.648°E 2.9 kT Airdrop
Breakaway 22 Oct 1956 00:05 29.895°S 131.604°E 10.8 kT Tower

Operation Antler
Tadje 14 Sep 1957 14:35 29.891°S 131.645°E 0.93 kT Tower
Biak 25 Sep 1957 10:00 29.894°S 131.616°E 5.67 kT Tower
Taranaki 9 Oct 1957 16:15 29.896°S 131.56°E 26.6 kT Balloon

Minor tests

In addition to the major tests, a large number of minor trials were also carried out, from June 1955 and extended through to May 1963.[1] Although the major tests had been carried out with some publicity, the minor tests were carried out in absolute secrecy.[18] These minor tests left a dangerous legacy of radioactive contamination at Maralinga.[19][20]

The four series of minor trials were codenamed Kittens, Tims, Rats and Vixen.[18] In all, these trials included up to 700 tests, with tests involving experiments with plutonium, uranium, and beryllium.[21]Operation Kittens involved 99 trials, performed at both Maralinga and Emu Field in 1953–1961.[17] The tests were used in the development of neutron initiators, involving use of polonium-210 and uranium, and generated "relatively large amounts of radioactive contamination."[17] Operation Tims took place in 1955–1963, and involved 321 trials of uranium and beryllium tampers, as well as studies of plutonium compression.[17] Operation Rats investigated explosive dispersal of uranium.[17] 125 trials took place between 1956 and 1960.


Operation Vixen was formulated to investigate what would happen to a nuclear device which burnt or was subject to a non-nuclear explosion.[18] 31 Vixen A trials between 1959 and 1961 investigated the effects of an accidental fire on a nuclear weapon, and involved a total of about 1 kg of plutonium.[22] Twelve Vixen B trials, between 1960 and 1963, attempted to discover the effects of high explosives detonating a nuclear weapon in a fire (typical of conditions which would occur in aviation accidents) and involved 22 kg of plutonium.[22] 

They produced "jets of molten, burning plutonium extending hundreds of feet into the air."[23]It was the subsequent disposal of the waste plutonium from these minor trials – Vixen B especially – which created the major radiation problems at the site.[23]

Cleanup and effects

The initial cleanup operation was codenamed Operation Brumby, and was conducted in 1967.[1] Attempts were made to dilute the concentration of radioactive material by turning over and mixing the surface soil.[23]Additionally, the remains of the firings, including plutonium-contaminated fragments, were buried in 22 concrete-capped pits.[23]


By the 1980s some Australian servicemen and traditional Aboriginal owners of the land were suffering blindness, sores and illnesses such as cancer. They "started to piece things together, linking their afflictions with their exposure to nuclear testing". Groups including the Atomic Veterans Association and the Pitjantjatjara Council pressured the government, until in 1985 it agreed to hold a royal commission to investigate the damage that had been caused.[20]


The McClelland Royal Commission into the tests delivered its report in late 1985, and found that significant radiation hazards still existed at many of the Maralinga test sites, particularly at Taranaki,[19] where theVixen B trials into the effects of burning plutonium had been carried out. A Technical Assessment Group was set up to advise on rehabilitation options, and a much more extensive cleanup program was initiated at the site.[23]

The TAG Report plan was approved in 1991 and work commenced on site in 1996 and was completed in 2000 at a cost of $108 million dollars.[19][24] In the worst-contaminated areas, 350,000 cubic metres of soil and debris were removed from an area of more than 2 square kilometers, and buried in trenches. Eleven debris pits were also treated with in-situ vitrification


Most of the site (approximately 3,200 square kilometres) is now safe for unrestricted access and approximately 120 square kilometres is considered safe for access but not permanent occupancy.[19] Alan Parkinson has observed that "an Aboriginal living a semi-traditional lifestyle would receive an effective dose of 5 mSv/yr  (five times that allowed for a member of the public). Within the 120 km², the effective dose would be up to 13 times greater."[25]

A Department of Veterans' Affairs study concluded that "Overall, the doses received by Australian participants were small. ... Only 2% of participants received more than the current Australian annual dose limit for occupationally exposed persons (20 mSv)."[26] However, such findings are contested. A 1999 study for the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association found that 30 per cent of involved veterans had died, mostly in their fifties, from cancers.[27]


Successive Australian governments failed to compensate servicemen who contracted cancers following exposure to radiation at Maralinga. However, after a British decision in 1988 to compensate its own servicemen, the Australian Government negotiated compensation for several Australian servicemen suffering from two specific conditions, leukemia (except lymphatic leukemia) and the rare blood disorder multiple myeloma.[28]

One author suggests that the resettlement and denial of aboriginal access to their homelands "contributed significantly to the social disintegration which characterises the community to this day. Petrol sniffing, juvenile crime, alcoholism and chronic friction between residents and the South Australian police have become facts of life."[5] In 1994, the Australian Government reached a compensation settlement withMaralinga Tjarutja, which resulted in the payment of $13.5 million in settlement of all claims in relation to the nuclear testing.[19]

In popular culture

Ground Zero is a fictional political conspiracy thriller about what happened during the Maralinga tests.

The 1991 folk song "Plains of Maralinga" by Alistair Hulett describes the tests and their deadly side-effects on the Pitjantjatjara people.

The Career Highlights of the Mamu is an Australian play by Trevor Jamieson and Scott Rankin, performed by the Adelaide Festival in February–March 2002. The play tells the story of the Tjuntjuntjara Aboriginal people, who lived in the desert country between South Australia and Western Australia, and their experience with British nuclear testing at Maralinga and Emu Field. Tribal elders describe being moved out of the area, and the death and illness of their people when they attempted to return to their contaminated homelands.[29][30]

Maralinga: The Anangu Story, by the Yalata  Oak Communities with Christobel Mattingley (Allen  Unwin, 2009), is an information book about the history and culture of the region, the controversy and its original owners. Aimed at young people, the book was awarded a silver Honour medal in 2010 by the Children's Book Council of Australia.[31]"


Chapter 16: A toxic legacy : British nuclear weapons testing in Australia
Published in:
Wayward governance : illegality and its control in the public sector / P N Grabosky
Canberra : Australian Institute of Criminology, 1989
ISBN 0 642 14605 5
(Australian studies in law, crime and justice series); pp. 235-253


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Hospital and military records consisting of radiation readings were all removed between the time of these nuclear tests and the time when victims came forward to complain about negative health effects. 

None of the soldiers, civilians or aborigines were told of the dangers of radiation, nor offered compensation for damages caused, until forced to do so by lawsuits and political pressure brought by anti nuclear activists and those suffering from radiation caused diseases, cancers and deaths. 

As in other countries, first the 'settlers' stole the land from the aborigines. Then the 'settlers' forced the people living there to move to 'reservations', while cutting their numbers by 95%, which some would say was genocide. 

Then the 'settlers' mined uranium and/or blew off atomic weapons, both of which sickened and killed more aborigines, while contaminating the land, air and water that they had left. The government and associated nuclear industries promised there was no danger or health effect from radiation to anyone. Of course, the opposite happened. 

Finally, the 'settlers' came back and forced the aborigines to 'accept' the nuclear waste coming from nuclear industry and power plants, despite their very vocal and intense opposition to this. 

rogerthatJuly 4, 2016 Radioactive waste and the nuclear war on Australia's Aboriginal people
Jim Green 1st July 2016
Australia's nuclear industry has a shameful history of 'radioactive racism' that dates from the British bomb tests in the 1950s, writes Jim Green. The same attitudes persist today with plans to dump over half a million tonnes of high and intermediate level nuclear waste on Aboriginal land, and open new uranium mines. …

In the view of the aborigines, the 'settlers' destroyed sacred spaces when they came and mined uranium. They destroyed more sacred spaces when they tested the atomic weapons. Then they destroyed more sacred spaces by dumping nuclear waste.  The nuclear industry has exemption and immunity from all environmental requirements, so they can do whatever they want with it. Of course, the nuclear industry claims that all nuclear materials containing radiation are totally harmless. 

The British nuclear scientists and military forces left behind plutonium, uranium, americium, cesium and many other poisonous substances after numerous atomic bomb tests, with little or no attempt at actual cleanup.

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