Lynette Dickinson, Pottsville.
I was shocked to hear that the Queensland Government was ready to extinguish Native Title rights of the Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners of the land on which the Adani Carmichael coal mine is set to be built, even though on four occasions since 2012 the W&J traditional owners had voted unanimously at an authorisation meeting to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani, underlining their sustained opposition to the mine.
However, the government had refused to wait until their Federal Court case to challenge extinguishment of their Native Title rights is heard next March.
Subsequent to thousands of emails and phone calls of objection being sent to the Queensland premier, deputy premier and minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, this week the W&J traditional owners have been granted an interim injunction against the Queensland Government and Adani.
This gives them respite so that their case against the extinguishment of their Native Title rights can be heard in the Federal Court. However, there is no guarantee that they will win the court case.
As if our Indigenous people have not suffered enough! We have invaded their land, murdered their people, stolen their children and wages, and destroyed their culture.
They fought long and hard for Native Title rights over their land. Why is another blow being inflicted on our First Australians? It seems that Native Title rights are simply a symbolic gesture that can be retracted at any time that development and dollars get in the way.
The W&J traditional owners strenuously object to the Adani Carmichael coal mine and deplore the degradation that the Adani mining project will wreak on their culture, environment and ancestral lands. Why isn’t the government listening to them? I encourage your readers to register their objection to this injustice on our First Australians by sending an email to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk: [email protected], Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad: [email protected], and Queensland minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy the Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP: [email protected]