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By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE/CANBERRA, 4 December 2020: The never-dying controversial issue of the Carmichael coal mine once again raised its head in the Australian Senate this month (2 Dec 2020), with the Greens Senator calling the Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland ‘a triple-bottom-line’ dud. The Senator said, ” It’s a financial dud, it’s a social dud and it’s an environment dud, and it’s proposed by a company which has an appalling track record, particularly socially and environmentally.”
In his speech, the Senator raised many issues including fewer jobs being created compared to what was promised, the Adani Group building a dirty power station in Godda, India evicting local Adivasi landowners when its environmental approval was granted. The electricity generated by this power station using Australian coal will be exported to Bangladesh and operations which help the Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw) and its generals, hurting the Great Barrier Reef with increased coal mine shipping, building a port in Myanmar, and palm oil operations affecting indigenous people and natural habitats.
” This is a corrupt, bullyboy company that the Australian Government has jumped into bed with – and, for that matter, that the Queensland government has jumped into bed with. This is the company that the Australian and Queensland governments want to sell our environment-destroying coal to. It is this company whose pockets the Australian and Queensland governments want to line by using Australian taxpayer’s money,” Senator Nicholas McKim says.
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Traditional Owners fight on: appeal Carmichael mine Federal Court decision
Brisbane, Australia. An appeal to the full bench of the Federal Court of Australia was filed today by senior Traditional Owner and spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) family council, Mr Adrian Burragubba, challenging a decision of Justice Reeves in relation to the Queensland government’s issuing of mining leases for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, handed down on 19th August 2016.
Further background to the case can be found below.
Mr Burragubba said: “We said ‘no means no’ and so we will continue to resist this damaging coal mine that will tear the heart out of our Country. The stakes are huge. In the spirit of our ancestors, we will continue to fight for justice until the project falls over.
“The decision of the Native Title Tribunal in April 2015 to allow the issuing of the mining leases by the Queensland government took away our right to free, prior and informed consent. It effectively allowed the government to override the decision that we made nearly two years ago to reject Adani’s ‘deal’,” Mr Burragubba said.
The appeal, being run by Sydney Senior Counsel Craig James Leggatt SC and other barristers working pro bono, will make two arguments: that the matters Mr Burragubba put before the National Native Title Tribunal should have been taken into account by the Tribunal member when granting the Future Act mining rights to Adani and that Justice Reeves should have found that Adani was misleading before the Tribunal.
The appeal will proceed alongside a challenge brought by Mr Burragubba and other W&J Traditional Owners in the Qld Supreme Court against the mining leases that have been issued by Queensland Minister for Mines, the Hon Dr Andrew Lynham and the Queensland government for the Carmichael mine. That case will be heard by the Qld Supreme Court in November 2016. Further legal actions are also underway in relation to Native Title matters.
Mr Burragubba said: “This is our fight as Traditional Owners and cultural custodians. We will not be talked down to by industry or government and their lackeys, and we will challenge any decision that threatens our life, culture and traditions and the social, cultural and economic structures of our group,” said Mr Burragubba.
“This is about our ancient connection to the place of our ancestors. It is a defense of our lands and waters, plants and animals against the destruction wrought by coal mining, and a demand to have our rights as the Traditional Owners respected and our voices heard.
“We are Traditional Owners who assert our right to self-determination and a future without dependency on mining. We have determined to oppose the Carmichael Mine, and to use all appropriate means to stop the destruction of our Country and culture,” Mr Burragubba said
Lawyer for Mr Burragubba, Mr Benedict Coyne, said: “My client has reviewed Justice Reeves’ reasons for the judgment, taken advice from his legal team and considered his options. Mr Burragubba brings this appeal on strong public interest grounds and in the context of other legal avenues he is pursuing for justice for his people, both domestically and internationally.
“The case raises very important issues for indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in the context of the native title system and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. There are important legal principles and principles of human rights and justice at stake,” Mr Coyne said.