‘Adani don’t have our consent, they can’t build their mine,’ say Aboriginal owners
Adani’s announcement they are ‘ready to go’ must be reality tested. They do not have the final approvals or the financial close needed for the mine to proceed. They are also under investigation for environmental breaches on our country.
Thursday 29 November 2018 - - Brisbane, Australia: Galilee Basin Traditional Owners say the announcement by Adani Mining that it has decided to fund its massively scaled down Carmichael project must be reality tested. They say the Queensland Government has not extinguished their native title, which is crucial to the mine proceeding.
Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, “Even if Adani’s announcement proves to be true, they do not have the final approvals or the financial close needed for the mine to proceed. They are also under investigation for environmental breaches on our country.
“It is a measure of Adani’s failure that they can’t obtain finance for the project they touted to our people. We rejected it when they first came to us and we reject it now, because Adani offers nothing of worth to our people and will destroy our country forever.
“We demand a guarantee from the Queensland Government they won’t now extinguish our native title for Adani. Queensland Labor has said they recognise that the registration of the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement is contested and they acknowledge and respect our right to have our complaints considered and determined by a court.
“We have an appeal before the full bench of the Federal Court. To act before this concludes would be to deny our rights and open the way for a grave injustice. Without our consent, the mine is not ready to proceed.”