Australian news, and some related international items

Traditional Owners continue to resist Adani’s ‘invasion’

“Full Bench Federal Court Appeal against ‘rent a crowd’ ILUA to proceed, 28 Jan 19 

UN demands Australia explain why Adani’s project has not been suspended over rights concerns

Bankruptcy threat to W&J leader to be resisted nationally and internationally”

“W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said: “Adani is attempting to invade, occupy and plunder our land, contravening our human rights and denying us our property, under the cover of a bogus land use agreement. Their rent-a-crowd ILUA is not supported by the legitimate W&J Traditional Owners from the Carmichael Belyando native title claim area.

“We have made sure our Federal Court appeal can proceed because we are determined to prove that Adani does not have our consent for its mine, and to ensure it is never allowed to destroy our country and our future.

“Our people have survived 230 years since the start of colonisation in this continent, and we can survive this onslaught from Adani. We are determined to defend our country from destruction”, he said.

The confirmation of the appeal comes as the UN CERD has intervened under its early warning and urgent action provisions to demand Australia answer concerns about breaches of the W&J People’s internationally protected rights. The UN expressed concern over the ‘Adani amendments’ to the Native Title Act in 2017, as well as alleged breaches of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and the failure to obtain the genuine “free, prior and informed consent” of the relevant Traditional Owners.

Ms Linda Bobongie, Chairperson of the W&J Council said: “We have called on the UN CERD to highlight our plight and to bring pressure onto the Australian and Queensland Governments to prevent these threats from Adani to our people and to our traditional lands and waters.

“The legal system is being used as a weapon against us because we have chosen to stand up to defend our lands and waters, and our rights. Discriminatory legislation, such as the Native Title Act, and punishing costs, are allowed to override our rights and leave us open to ruthless suppression by an increasingly desperate and farcical Adani”, she said.

Ms Bobongie, is writing on behalf of the Council to Mr. Michel Forst, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, over ongoing abuses in relation to the Carmichael project and Adani’s recent move to bankrupt W&J leader, Mr Adrian Burragubba.

Ms Bobongie said: “We are requesting interventions from the UN Rapporteurs, and we will be calling on social justice groups and our hundreds of thousands of supporters around Australia to back our demands.

“We ask the Queensland Government to provide protection from bankruptcy to Mr Burragubba and the other appellants. We demand Adani cease its harassment and undermining of Mr. Burragubba and cease its bankruptcy proceeding. And we call on the Commonwealth Government and Opposition to ensure that access to equal justice to defend our rights is not undermined by punitive cost orders and the kind of aggressive corporate conduct Adani is allowed to engage in.

“Australia’s legal system does not recognise that human rights defenders, such as Mr Burragubba, are acting in the public interest and we are therefore subject to potentially crippling costs. This is a recognised problem with serious consequences.

“UN Rapporteur Tauli-Corpuz has reported that ‘a global crisis is unfolding. The rapid expansion of development projects on indigenous lands without their consent is driving a drastic increase in violence and legal harassment against Indigenous Peoples… The root of this global crisis is systematic racism and the failure of governments to recognize and respect indigenous land rights’”, she said.

Mr Burragubba concluded: “Adani will not stop us by trying to silence our voice with their awful bankruptcy tactic, which is intended to intimidate us. They will not succeed. They cannot have our lands, our heritage and our children’s futures, which are worth far more than they could ever compensate us from their ill-conceived mine.” … “

January 27, 2019 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, legal | Leave a comment

Pope Francis to visit Japan: Japanese Catholics urge him to send anti-nuclear message

Japanese Catholics urge Pope to send anti-nuclear message when he visits  Japanese Catholics on Sunday urged Pope Francis to send an anti-nuclear message from Hiroshima and Nagasaki when he travels to the country later this year.The Argentine pontiff said last Wednesday that he would visit Japan in November, becoming the first pope do so since John Paul II nearly 40 years ago.

During his stay, Francis reportedly plans to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki to pray for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of the two cities, which killed some 220,000 people.

“I believe he will have sympathy for the movement to abolish nuclear arms,” Keiko Ichikawa said after attending her first mass since the pope announced his trip to Japan, home to some 450,000 Roman Catholics.

“I hope the pope’s visit will be an opportunity to encourage the movement,” the 77-year-old said.

Francis has repeatedly voiced a desire to visit Japan and wanted to work as a missionary there in his youth but abandoned the plan after a lung operation.

In January of last year, Francis issued a harrowing photograph taken in 1945 showing a young Japanese boy carrying his dead brother. The child on the boy’s back was killed when the United States A-bombed Nagasaki.

Francis, who has often spoken of the dangers of nuclear weapons, had written just four words on the back of the image: “The fruit of war.”

According to local media, the pope is also considering visiting the Fukushima region, which was hit by massive tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 that led to the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

The high waves killed around 18,000 people along Japan’s northeastern coastline and swamped the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, sending three of its reactors into meltdown.

“We also have a great suffering in Fukushima due to the nuclear reactor accident,” said Yuko Honma, a 82-year-old Catholic nun.

“I hope he will have a chance to visit there too” and encourage the victims, she added.

Authorities have been working to rebuild the region, although areas near the crippled plant remain uninhabitable because of high radiation.

During his trip to Japan in 1981, Pope John Paul II visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He also held a mass at a Tokyo baseball stadium, inviting some 35,000 believers.

January 27, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Western Australia bushfire a threat to homes and lives

WA bushfire a threat to homes and lives  26 Jan 19   Authorities in Western Australia say a bushfire burning in Perth’s northern suburbs is a threat to lives and homes. An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire burning out of control in Perth’s northern suburbs with authorities warning of a threat to lives and homes.

The fire at Jandabup is burning in an area near Sydney Road and Ross Street and a nearby pine plantation.

“The bushfire is moving fast in a north-westerly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable,” Emergency WA says.

Spot fires are also starting up to 300 metres ahead of the fire front.

Authorities say the best escape route is to the southwest, using Badgerup Road but anyone still planning to leave should follow the directions of fire crews.

January 27, 2019 Posted by | climate change - global warming, Western Australia | Leave a comment

US Senator Markey Blasts Dangerous New Trump NRC Post-Fukushima Nuclear Safety Rule Which Is Even Worse Than The Obama One — Mining Awareness +

Obama was bad; Trump is worse. For every bad in life, there can be a worse. Find out how close you are to a US nuclear reactor, here: You may get an unpleasant surprise. Even when they are shutdown, nuclear waste is staying on site. “Senator Markey Blasts Weak New NRC Post-Fukushima Nuclear Safety […]

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January 27 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Britain’s Flawed Energy Strategy” • Only one nuclear plant is under construction in the UK, and it might be abandoned. The core problem is “nuclear power itself”, reckons Alistair Osborne in The Times. “Where else do you get such a heady mix of last millennium technology, radioactive upfront costs and a chronic clean-up […]

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