Friday, 7 July 2017

Traditional landowners far from beaten by Native Title changes for Adani (video) All proceeds go towards the fight against Adani
Media reports about the changes passed by the senate to Native Title (only the Greens voted against them) would suggest that Adani is now home and hosed to go ahead with it's mine of mass destruction. However this is far from the case, with several cases in the courts by traditional owners who remain dead against the coal mine.

From the email:

In the end, only the Green Party held a line against the native title amendment bill; and for real native title reform underpinned by the consultation and consent of Traditional Owners around the country.

But even in the midst of this badly concocted outcome, the Federal Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus QC, recognised the strength of our ongoing resistance when he told the Parliament that:

 The passing of the bill did not “provide some kind of removal of a final legal hurdle for the Adani mine, as some media reports have suggested. There are in fact several very serious pieces of litigation that remain on foot... In particular, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the traditional owners of much of the land on which the mine and its facilities are proposed to be built, have several legal actions against Adani… 
"In particular, they have made clear that there are some very serious allegations of fraud against Adani regarding the processes under which the Wangan and Jagalingou agreement was purportedly reached. Those proceedings, which may very well impact on the validity of any Indigenous land use agreement, will only commence trial hearings in March of next year, and there are other legal actions underway, including a case that challenges the validity of the licences issued by the Queensland government”. 

 Our “unfinished business” with Adani and the State is far from over.