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Wangan and Jagalingou people taking further legal action, against Adani coal mining leases

coal CarmichaelMine2Carmichael coal mine: Wangan and Jagalingou people plan further legal action, ABC News By Jessica Van Vonderen 14 Apr 16, The Queensland Indigenous group that has waged a long fight against Australia’s largest proposed coal mine is seeking to take further legal action.Members of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people have filed an application in the Federal Court of Australia challenging the mining leases that were issued for Indian company Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

The Queensland Government issued three mining leases for the $21 billion project earlier this month, saying it would create thousands of jobs, while also imposing strict controls to protect the environment.

W&J people spokeswoman Murrawah Johnson said they would “continue to fight against this monstrous proposal”.

“The application will seek to have heard that the leases for the Carmichael mine issued by Mines Minister [Anthony] Lynham … were not properly issued,” she said.

“We will not stand by and be bullied into accepting the inevitability of this mine.”

She slammed Mr Lynham for not waiting for the outcome of a judicial review into a Native Title Tribunal decision to allow mining leases to be issued.

‘They’re being racist’

Ms Johnson’s uncle, Adrian Burragubba, was even more scathing in his criticism.

“The State Government are basically, they’re being racist, they’re not allowing our due process,” he said…….

April 15, 2016 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, Queensland

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