Land rights not mining rights

Land rights, not mining rights

A new federal court ruling has stopped the highly controversial Adani coal mine planned for central Queensland dead in its tracks. Now the Australian Attorney General [justice minister] George Brandis is working urgently to amend the ruling and change the Native Title Act, placing the commercial interests of foreign corporations like Adani ahead of indigenous Australian land rights.


Tell the Australian government to stop attacking Aboriginal land rights

Right now, [Attorney-General] George Brandis and his mates in the Australian parliament are pushing hard to weaken the Native Title Act. We need your help to slow them down.

The introduction of these amendments is a shameful attempt by the Turnbull government to change the rules to suit their mates at Adani, and the mining lobby, at the expense of Aboriginal rights.

There has been no consultation with our mob, and now the government is trying to ram through these changes as an ill-considered, knee jerk reaction to the Queensland Resources Council’s panic.

Attorney General George Brandis has had the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report recommending 30 changes to the Native Title Act on his desk for two years and done absolutely nothing to progress reform.

We call on George Brandis and the federal government to put the brakes on amendments to the Native Title Act, consult properly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mob, and stop pandering to the scare campaign of the Mineral Council.

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The Adani Brief is the result of months of international investigation by Environmental Justice Australia and USA-based environmental law non-profit EarthJustice into the global legal compliance record of the Adani Group.

It puts governments and private stakeholders on notice that backing Adani's Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin may expose them to financial and reputational risks.

Adani Group companies have a record of environmental destruction and non-compliance with environmental regulations.

Some examples are: ...

Black money

Bribery and illegal exports

Confusing and opaque corporate structures

The coal war: Inside the fight against Adani's plans to build Australia's biggest coal mine

The anti-mine campaign is no empty threat. It has a $1 million war chest, nine full-time staff including polling and social media experts, hundreds of volunteers and is being run by left-leaning activist group GetUp.

It's the fight that has become a proxy war between forces for and against the coal industry in Australia and it's entering its fiercest round.

Environmentalists are adamant the mine is a ticking time bomb that may imperil the Galilee Basin and Great Barrier Reef, as well as serving as an up-yours to the Paris climate change accord.

The battle will escalate this week when its opponents launch a campaign targeting 13 marginal federal Coalition seats and at least three Queensland state seats.

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