Newsletter date: 2 April 2015
* Homepage: Wangan & Jagalingou People - Celebrating Our Shared Connections: http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/
* Video: Wangan & Jagalingou People, YouTube: Stop Adani Destroying Our Land and Culture
* Petition: Community Run: Stop Adani Destroying Our Land and Culture
* Announcement: Representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou people: Traditional owners reject Adani's huge Carmichael coalmine in Queensland's Galilee Basin
* Analysis / Opinion: Thom Mitchell, New Matilda: A Coal Load Of Problems: Community Group Drags Mining Giant Into Court
* Audio: Jordan Curtis, The Wire: Indigenous Australians take on mining company [Featuring Adrian Burragubba & Ellen Roberts]
* News Analysis: Oliver Milman, The Guardian: Aboriginal group fights to stop $16bn Carmichael coalmine, Australia's largest
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: How many Noongars actually voted for the extinguishing of their rights?
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Premier Barnett congratulates SWALSC for the surrender of lands
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Faithless deal to extinguish Native Title exposes the betrayal of Native Title compensation
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Wangan & Jagalingou People, YouTube: Stop Adani Destroying Our Land and Culture
24 Mar 15: "We, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, are the Traditional Owners of the land in Queensland's Galilee Basin. The mining company Adani wants to use our ancestral lands for their Carmichael coal mine. We are opposed to this mine because it will forever damage our land and our culture. We ask that you stand with us to fight against Adani. Join our campaign here - www.communityrun.org/p/stopadani "
Community Run: Stop Adani Destroying Our Land and Culture
Adani - don't destroy our land and our culture. ...
We, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, are the TRADITIONAL OWNERS of the land in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. Coal company Adani wants to use our ancestral lands for their Carmichael coal mine.
We do hereby firmly REJECT a Land Use Agreement with Adani for the Carmichael mine on our traditional lands.
We DO NOT consent to the Carmichael mine on our ancestral lands.
We DO NOT accept Adani’s "offers" to sign away our land and our rights and interests in it. We will not take their "shut up" money.
We will PROTECT and DEFEND our Country and our connection to it.
We call on Adani to IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW from this damaging project on our land. ... "
[Ed. note: When last we checked the petition, on 1 April 2015, there were 73,555 signatures.]
Representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou people: Traditional owners reject Adani's huge Carmichael coalmine in Queensland's Galilee Basin
Green Left: https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58640
28 Mar 15: "Representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou people made this announcement on March 27. * * *
The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people announced today that they have rejected an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Indian giant Adani to build the huge Carmichael coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
The W&J are the Indigenous traditional owners of the lands earmarked for the mine and of much of the Galilee Basin.
The 60 million tonne a year Carmichael coalmine would be the biggest in Australian history and in the Southern Hemisphere. This mine is the reason Adani wants to build one of the world’s largest coal ports at Abbot Point on the Great Barrier Reef coast.
Six days after the W&J people refused a Land Use Agreement with Adani, the company took legal action to override the W&J people. If successful, this will allow the Queensland government to compulsorily acquire W&J’s land and issue a mining lease for the Carmichael mine. ... "
- Analysis / Opinion
New Matilda: A Coal Load Of Problems: Community Group Drags Mining Giant Into Court
31 Mar 15: "Normally, it's the other way around, but this morning a tiny community group will seek to squash one of the world's biggest miners. Thom Mitchell reports. Indian mining giant Adani Group is facing fresh problems today with a community group dragging it into a Queensland court to defend its controversial plan to build Australia’s largest ever coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The legal bid kicks off this morning, and is set to run for five weeks. ... " By Thom Mitchell
The Wire: Indigenous Australians take on mining company
26 Mar 15: "The Wangan and Jagalingou people of Central Queensland took to the Queensland parliament today to fight for the protection of their traditional lands from Indian mining company, Adani, and the proposed Carmichael coal mine." Produced by Jordan Curtis
"Featured in story:
* Adrian Burragubba - Spokesperson for The Wangan and Jagalingou people
* Ellen Roberts - Coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group"
- News Analysis
The Guardian: Aboriginal group fights to stop $16bn Carmichael coalmine, Australia's largest
26 Mar 15: "Indian firm Adani has appealed to the native title tribunal to bypass the traditional owners’ rejection of the Queensland mine ... An Aboriginal group in central Queensland is attempting to prevent Australia’s largest mine from being established on its ancestral land, in what is shaping up to be an unprecedented test of the country’s native title laws. Representatives for the Wangan and Jagalingou people have formally rejected an Indigenous land use agreement that would see Indian mining firm Adani develop its huge $16bn Carmichael mine ... " Oliver Milman, a reporter at Guardian Australia, focused on environmental issues. He is based in Melbourne.
- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: How many Noongars actually voted for the extinguishing of their rights?
1 Apr 15: "The South West Settlement negotiated between the Western Australian Government and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) has been voted on. Premier Colin Barnett has thanked the SWALSC for its management of the authorisation meetings and the voting process. But the voting process may have only engaged less than a thousand citizens. Leading Elders - Margaret Culbong, John Pell, Bev Port-Louis, Diane Yappo and Howard Riley have said that the voting process disengaged Noongars. ... " By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist
- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: Premier Barnett congratulates SWALSC for the surrender of lands
31 Mar 15: "Premier Colin Barnett is happy “native title over the south west has been settled.” He has thanked the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) for brokering the outcome. However more than 95 per cent of Noongar/Nyoongar/Nyungah/Bibbullman people did not vote. This does not matter to the Western Australian Government. What matters is that they feel they have "certainty" over the region. ... " By Gerry Georgatos
- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: Faithless deal to extinguish Native Title exposes the betrayal of Native Title compensation
29 Mar 15: "The Mabo and Wik decisions have failed to deliver what should have been mandatory to the people as a whole, but in the hands of ordinary people much becomes something else, and often much becomes only for the few. The Native Title Act has degenerated into one of the consummate farces, not only dashing hopes but also in tearing apart communities. Native Title was watered down by Prime Minister Keating, butchered by Prime Minister John Howard and has trended downwards ever since. ... " By Gerry Georgatos
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