Independent MLA Gerry Wood says he has been silenced by the Senate Committee examining a proposed nuclear waste facility in the Northern Territory.
Mr Wood says he was told he cannot speak at today’s hearing in Darwin because he failed to supply a written submission.
He says he made oral submissions at both the Canberra and Alice Springs hearings and was not previously required to register in writing.
“It just appears to me as though this inquiry has decided to invite a select number of people and silence anyone else that really wants to speak,” he said.
He believes he’s been barred from participating in Darwin because he disagreed with Senator Crossin at previous hearings.
“I would have thought that for the benefit of giving more than one side of the story it would have been good to hear another point of view,” he said.
Senator Trish Crossin says all speakers are required to make their intentions known to the Committee.
“We have no submission from Gerry Wood,” she said.
“Certainly not had a phone call from him and so it is not possible for a Senate Committee to plan and conduct its work if we don’t hear from potential witnesses.”
Traditional owners of the site proposed for a nuclear waste dump near Tennant Creek are today expected to tell the Senate Inquiry that their opposition was ignored when the site was nominated.
Elders from each of the five families from Muckaty Station will attend the inquiry, which will examine the suitability of the site, which was nominated by the Northern Land Council.
A spokeswoman for the group, Dianne Stokes, says she will reaffirm her people’s claim to the land.
“I’m coming here to reply to all the information … talk back to these people to what they said at the Senate Inquiry meeting up in Canberra,” she said.
“I want to tell them what I heard, it’s not true.”