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October 27, 2021

Bankrupted by Adani

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Paul Brecht, Evans Head

Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of Wangan and Jagalangou people, made himself bankrupt by the actions of Adani for protecting his country.

It made me sick to hear that’s what happened to a First-nation Australian by an overseas Indian company. $600,000 for Adani’s legal costs is a shame and the regimes in Brisbane and Canberra should hang their heads in shame for giving Adani the go-ahead with this crime against our natural environment.

Not only against flora and fauna and traditional lands but to allow more fossil fuel to be generated into the atmosphere when we should be stopping it and using renewable energy sources. How the hell is Australia going to meet its submission targets if this mine goes ahead? It won’t.

It’s a joke and the jokers in Brisbane and Canberra should be voted out ASAP next elections. We need to change from the current form of running this country, eg becoming a sovereign nation sooner rather than later.

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  1. Mr Burragubba is just one traditional owner of the land in question. The majority of owners agreed to enter into an agreement to allow Adani to mine on their land. Mr Burragubba failed in legal attempts to thwart other land holders wishes and the QLD Government has respected the sovereignity of those land holders and passed title in accordance with their agreement.

    Either you believe in indigenous title or you do not. If you respect indigenous rights to self determination you respect their right to enter into arrangements you do not care for. Apparently the majority of land holders, like the majority of others in Central QLD, want to receive the benefits of selling coal found under what is their land. The age of colonisation has passed and it is time to to stop patronising both the traditional landholders and the people of India.

  2. The Wangan and Jagalangou people voted 294 to 1 in favour of the mine. Adrian Burragubba either needs to get his group to change their minds or respect their voices. Adani has ILUA’s with 3 other Aboriginal groups who also voted in favour of the mine. This fact cannot be ignored.

  3. It VERY VERY clearly illustrates the corrupt nature of the invaders ‘law’ in Australia. The outcome will inevitably in favour of mining or some other development and the ‘govt members’ can move on to jobs in the industry. It is debatable that all those 294 were, in fact, Wangan and Jagalangou people. So easy when you have so impoverished the First Nations to buy some off.


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