Australian war veterans denied nuclear compensation right

Ian McPhedran; 29/1/10

The Rudd Government has refused to help Australian veterans suing the British Government over radiation exposure during atomic bomb tests in the 1950s and ’60s. A group of survivors and their families are joining a class action after 800 British nuclear veterans were granted permission to sue the UK Ministry of Defence. Many of the soldiers were covered in radioactive fallout from the blasts while wearing just a hat, shorts and boots and were later treated for radiation sickness. They were never told of the risks involved and many were used as human guinea pigs to test deadly chemicals, including mustard gas.