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Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome

“Where there’s mining there is no justice”  http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/traditional-owners-fighting-adani-undeterred-by-qld-court-outcome/

“Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine  say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani  have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples’ rights.

“The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adani’s Carmichael Mine.  The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

“Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says,

““Where there’s mining there’s no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

““We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth.  We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by today’s outcome.

““The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing  our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

““Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani. …

““As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

““We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on. …  ““We are not done yet. We will exhaust all legal avenues in our fight to for our rights and to protect our country. …  “We have further litigation challenging their fake ‘land use agreement’ in the Court, with a hearing date set for March 2018.

“There will be no surrender. … ”, Mr Burragubba concluded.”

Continue reading W&J’s statement here:
http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/traditional-owners-fighting-adani-undeterred-by-qld-court-outcome/

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August 23, 2017 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, Queensland

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