Australian news, and some related international items

Traditional Owners fighting Adani mine query Labor’s support for Native Title Bill   “Responding to reports that Labor has come to an agreement with the Turnbull government  which will see passage of the contentious Native Title Bill in the Senate next week,  Traditional Owners fighting Adani’s mine are calling on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten  to outline what consultation has occurred with Indigenous people  which makes his party satisfied the Bill should now become law.

“Shadow Minister Assisting for Resources, Mr Tim Hammond, is reported to have told a Perth resources conference today there was now a “settled position” with the Government and that the Opposition envisaged the bill would be passed next week.

“Senior spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says  ““Labor made a bunch of noise about the failure of the Attorney General to conduct proper grassroots consultation  with Aboriginal people on these important changes to native title laws.

““People deserve to hear from Labor what, if anything, has changed since mid May when it refused to vote for Adani’s Native Title Bill because consultation had been so shabby and amendments were all over the shop.

““Until Labor has been provided with evidence by the Turnbull government of appropriate consultation,
and the Senate has seen the Bill as proposed, it should refuse to back it,” Mr Burragubba said.


June 10, 2017 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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