Aboriginal owners construct ‘legal line of defence’ against Adani and Queensland government

Protesters in Melbourne before an expected meeting there between Malcolm Turnbull and Gautam Adani, the head of the Indian mining company Adani.

7 December 2016: "The  Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council have announced a further action in their legal line of defence of their lands and rights against the imposition of Adani’s “mine of mass destruction”. They also expressed offence at multi-billionaire Gautam Adani’s failure to meet with them during his visit to Australia to spruik the Carmichael coal mine project, one of the biggest worldwide. Leading Aboriginal rights advocate, primary W&J Traditional Owner and Council spokesperson, Adrian Burragubba, says, “We are constructing a legal line of defence because the Queensland government and Adani are trying to bulldoze us aside. We will not stand by while they sing from the same song sheet about their grandiose but hollow plans.

“We are acting in the courts to stop this destructive project. Our people, the Australian community, and the world deserve better than this cavalier, unjust and outdated approach to our shared future.”

W&J youth leader and council spokesperson,
Ms. Murrawah Johnson, says, “It is our obligation as Traditional Owners to safeguard the future for our people and secure our lands and waters against this ‘mine of mass destruction’. The W&J Council members have vowed to do everything in our power to stop the mine proceeding, and we will take our concerns to the High Court if necessary.

“We are not easily intimidated. We will fight this mine until Mr Adani and his people pack their bags and head home,” she said.

Lawyer for the supreme court appeal and other matters,
Colin Hardie says, “There are  reasonable grounds for my clients to argue that they were denied natural justice by the Minister for Mines in the issuing of the mining leases for the Carmichael Mine.

“The denial of natural justice can create significant costs and cause distress to Traditional Owners, leading to a profound devaluing of their native title to land and waters."

Is the rush to approve one of the world’s biggest coal mines delusion or corruption?

7 December 2016: "Not everything in politics is complex and difficult. There are some policy issues that are remarkably simple. Stunningly obvious, even. No-brainers, you might call them.

"One example of a no-brainer is the Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.

"When it comes to no-brainer policy issues, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Should we allow one of the world’s largest coal mines to be built in Queensland?

"No, we shouldn’t. No government should, especially not the governments of Queensland and Australia. It doesn’t make sense on any level: economically, environmentally, socially … even politically.

“And we certainly shouldn’t be lending $1 billion of taxpayer’s money to build it."

Clean energy to create 90,000 Queensland jobs

8 December 2016: Strong action on climate change and clean energy would generate 90,000 new jobs across Queensland by 2030, tens of thousands more than the Adani coal mine, greens groups say.

The research released by the Australian Conservation Foundation, and based on modelling by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research, claims many of those jobs would be created in regional Queensland."

Clean energy policies would create tens of thousands more Queensland jobs than Adani

'The real jobs boom in Queensland is in clean energy and protecting the 70,000 jobs that depend on a healthy Great Barrier Reef, not in Adani’s reef-wrecking coal mine.'

8 December 2016: "New research shows strong clean energy policies would create 90,000 new jobs across Queensland by 2030 – many tens of thousands more than even the most bullish backers of Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal project say the mine would create."

Coal price rally puts Adani Power under catastrophic financial pressure

8 December 2016: Investigates of reports on whether Adani is proceeding with its plans for a mega-coal-mine in Queensland. "RECENTLY, there has been a bit of heat around Adani and their plan to build a mega-mine in central Queensland. So, when the stories came out I scanned them with interest, but could find no confirmable fact indicating that anything had changed."

Adani's mega mine neither financially viable nor justified, says energy analyst

8 December 2016: "Adani's mega coal mine in north Queensland is neither "financially viable nor strategically required" an energy commentator claims."

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Dec 10 | Human Rights Day

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10 December at 17:30–19:30 UTC+09:30

Uniting Church lawns, Todd Mall

"On Saturday come down to celebrate Human Rights Day, which this year is calling on everyone to stand up for someone's rights. We're standing up for the rights of youth in jail. We don't think any child should be imprisoned, and the horror stories we've heard and seen of the abuses of human rights in places such as Don Dale: the torture of kids; tear gassing, strapping to chairs and blatant assaults have saddened us, but also compelled us to stand up and speak. There will be a BBQ, music and speakers, with an open mike. Come on down, and join with others. ... "

Human rights day events - film screening tonight, rally tomorrow

"Please find below two notices for Aboriginal rights events being held to mark International Human Rights Day.

'Firstly, a film screening *tonight* at the Redfern Community Centre:

'"Another Country" - A film told by David Gulpilil
followed by discussion and Q&A with Director Molly Reynolds, FISTT representative Lynda-June Coe and Jumbunna Senior Researcher Jason De Santolo

"Secondly, a major rally *tomorrow*:

Unite with Aboriginal People's Defence of Human Rights
Out of prison - out of foster care - bring the children home

Saturday December 10, starting 1pm at Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney

"More details below:

"1. Human rights day screening of ‘Another Country’

"A film told by David Gulpilil followed by discussion and Q&A with Director Molly Reynolds, FISTT representative Lynda-June Coe and Jumbunna Senior Researcher Jason De Santolo

"Redfern, NSW, December 9, 2016 , Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) brings this amazing and insightful documentary to Sydney and offers a unique discussion with the director and local Aboriginal academics exploring the state of Human Rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory.

"Please find below the web address for our event on facebook

Out of prison, out of foster care - Bring the Children Home
Unite with Aboriginal people’s defence of Human Rights
https://www.facebook.com/events/584680211733774/ ... "