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Aboriginal group considers appeal over Federal Court decision for lease to Adani coal project

Fed Court decision: Adani leases issued despite Traditional Owners’ express rejection
The Queensland State continues to authorise dispossession, August 25, 2017

“Responding to a Federal Court decision today, in one of the long running cases brought by Traditional Owners against the Adani mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners  expressed their profound frustration with the way the native title and court processes have over-ridden their decision to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani.

“The appeal against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT),  which authorised the issuing of mining leases to Adani by the Queensland Government,  was dismissed.  The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Representative Council are seeking  the advice of their senior counsel as to whether to pursue the matter in the High Court. …

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

“We have fought and will continue to fight for our right to say no to the destruction of our country
through mining and to have our rights properly recognised and respected by the State Government. …

““We now look to our trial in March 2018 which focuses on Adani’s fake ILUA.  We have three times voted No to Adani’s grubby deal. …

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, says,

“Adani and the State Government didn’t ‘negotiate’ and  achieve the free, prior, informed consent of the W&J people.  Instead Adani, backed by the State Government and past NNTT decisions,  relied on the threat that they would compulsorily take our land. …

Legal representative in the case, Benedict Coyne, says,

“Our client is carefully considering the judgement, and prospects of  further appeal for special leave to the High Court of Australia.” … “

August 26, 2017 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal

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