Native Title in the News - April 2015

Native Title in the News - April 2015
Apr, 2015
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Native Title in the News

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30/04/2015

SA

Monax to go ahead with nickel exploration

After the signing of a native title mining agreement with the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, the Western Gawler Craton project in South Australia will be able to go ahead with on-ground exploration drilling.

Australian Mining, Australia,
30 April 2015

30/04/2015

WA

Campers still being removed from Heirisson

Three people have been arrested as authorities clear out backpackers and other campers who moved in after the Nyoongar Tent Embassy withdrew from Perth's Heirisson island.

9 News, Australia, 30 April 2015

29/04/2015

Australia

Tony Abbott’s Indigenous ‘lifestyle choices’ remark smacks of racism, says UN rapporteur

The UN’s special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people said that the remark about remote communities by Tony Abbott smacks of racism.

The Guardian, Australia,
29 April 2015

29/04/2015

WA

Buru to Kick Off Major Oil Exploration Program in WA's Canning Basin in May

Buru Energy has announced that it is about to start one of the biggest exploration programs in the Company’s history, targeting numerous conventional oil prospects in the Canning Basin in Western Australia’s northwest. The drilling campaign will also coincide with the start of commercial oil production at Ungani, where agreements were recently finalized with the three Native Title groups.

Rigzone, Australia,
30 April 2015

29/04/2015

Australia

Advocate disappointed Indigenous people have largely missed out on mining boom

At a conference in Darwin, the former CEO of the Kimberley Land Council, Wayne Bergmann, said that more indigenous people should have been employed on mining projects on their own land and as a result, Indigenous communities have largely missed out on the mining boom.

ABC – The World Today, Australia, 29 April 2015

28/04/2015

QLD

Native title hearings begin in Cairns

After more than 10 years, two native title claims have been finalised in Cairns. In one determination, land previously kept as the Bromley and Boynton pastoral stations on the Cape York Peninsula will be assigned to descendants of the Wuthathi, Kuuku Ya'u and Northern Kaanju people. In the second determination, an area of around 1181 square km in and around Shelburne Bay will be finalised for the Wuthathi people.

News.com.au, Australia,
28 April 2015

SBS, Australia, 28 April 2015

The Guardian, Australia,
29 April 2015

The Australian – National Affairs, Australia, 29 April 2015

28/04/2015

WA

Closing ‘communities’ undermines the humanity of Aboriginal lives

The misguided ideological and short-sighted economic approach to close up to 150 ‘communities’ in Western Australia will actually threaten people’s homes. If you replace the word ‘community’ with ‘people’s homes’, the statement would be that the closure threatens at least 2000 homes.

The Conversation, Australia,
28 April 2015

27/04/2015

WA

Aboriginal communities should not be closed!

This article examines the WA community closures from an international perspective.

SOGIP – Actualites, 27 April 2015

26/04/2015

WA

Beware the ‘framing’ of the conversation – ‘consultation’ is a dirty word – Don’t close any Homelands – end of story

The focus on the need for government to ‘consult’ with the ‘remote communities’ is dangerous. It needs to be stated as ‘do not close any communities’. Throwing around the word ‘consultation’ buys into an argument that some Homelands and their communities should be closed.

The Stringer, Australia,
26 April 2015

24/04/2015

QLD

Digger’s family fighting for land rights

Private Peter Craigie’s grandchildren have lodged a native title claim for a parcel of land which includes Ardmore, Stradbroke and Buckingham Downs stations. Peter Craigie’s grandson Joe Rogers said “we want to get that connection to the land where my grandfather was from…we don’t want their land, we just want native title rights and interests on the land of our grandfather, the black Digger.”

The North West Star, Australia, 24 April 2015

24/04/2015

SA

Kidman’s sale marks second wave of South Australian colonisation

The announcement of S. Kidman & Co’s intention to sell their pastoral business and 11 leases has sparked interest across Indigenous social networks, as Kidman’s history long has been interwoven with Indigenous Australia.

The Conversation, Australia,
24 April 2015

23/04/2015

WA

Ugly scenes erupt at State Parliament

Police clashed with about 200 demonstrators protesting against the closure of Aboriginal communities across WA in front of Parliament House. One man was arrested, others were hit with warnings and a police officer was knocked to the ground.

The West Australian, Australia, 23 April 2015

23/04/2015

WA

Noongar native title settlement: Federal Government to pay less than 1 per cent of $1.3 billion cost

Colin Barnet has told WA Parliament that the Abbott Government has only agreed to contribute less than $11 million to the historic $1.3 billion native title settlement covering Perth and the South West.

ABC News, Australia,
23 April 2015

The West Australian, Australia, 24 April 2015

22/04/2015

QLD

Indigenous heritage site safe after miner drops plans to drill for gas

Mantle Mining has retreated from plans to drill for gas at one of Australia’s oldest Indigenous heritage sites, Mount Mulligan, also known as Ngarrabullgan, prompting celebrations among the Djungan people.

The Guardian, Australia,
22 April 2014

Green Left Weekly, Australia,
25 April 2015

21/04/2015

WA

We come together to work on country

The Murujuga ranger programme is working to ensure that country is cared for, family and community relationships are maintained, local businesses can grow to provide social, cultural and economic benefits and culture and heritage are transmitted to current and future generations. The rangers’ belief is “if you look after country, country will look after you.”

indigenous.gov.au, Australia,
21 April 2015

20/04/2015

QLD

Palaszczuk moves to quell bauxite project concern

Queensland MP Billy Gordon has called on the Palaszczuk government to review how Swiss mining giant won backing for a bauxite mine against the wishes of Indigenous landowners.

The Guardian, Australia,
20 April 2015

Courier Mail, Australia,
20 April 2014

The Australian – National Affairs, 22 April 2014

20/04/2015

VIC

Phone psychic in nepotism claim over Aboriginal land

A federal court judgement revealed a damning finding about the role of four former directors of the Bunurong Land Council. Justice Gordon banned them form running an Indigenous corporation in Australia for between three and seven years.

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 20 April 2015

19/04/2015

WA

Radioactive racism in the Wild West – WA takes aim at remote communities

Mia Pepper says pushing Aboriginal people off their land for mining interests is nothing new in Western Australia, but Premier Barnett’s plans to close 150 communities and gut the Aboriginal Heritage Act takes it to a new level.

The Stringer, Australia,
19 April 2015

16/04/2015

WA

Training in land conservation in the Kimberley and in British Columbia

Wynston Shovellor-Sesar, a Karajarri Ranger, is one of the West Kimberley’s first participants to reach his 26 week milestone as part of the his Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management through the Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program. Wynston said he enjoyed his job working on country as “it involves working outdoors, mainly managing and protecting the land”.

indigenous.gov.au, Australia,
16 April 2015

15/04/2015

WA

Native Title Agreements Finalised

The Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation and Rutila Resources limited have signed a number of native title agreements authorising the development of the Balla Balla Port and that part of the proposed rail line to the central Pilbara region that is on Ngarluma country.

Finance News Network, Australia, 15 April 2015

14/04/2015

QLD

Opposition to Adani mine from Indigenous locals

Amid opposition from the local Indigenous people, Mining giant Adani has been given the green light to take out mining leases for Australia's biggest coal mine.

Brisbane Times, Australia,
14 April 2015

The Economic Times, India,
14 April 2015

The Times of India, India,
14 April 2015

The Economic Times, India,
15 April 2015

Gympie Times, Australia,
16 April 2015

14/04/2015

Australia

Eminent judge on Mabo case remembered

Tributes have flowed for Justice John Toohey, a judge on the landmark Mabo native title case. Noel Pearson has stated that Justice Toohey was one of the great Australian jurists.

Yahoo 7 News, Australia,
14 April 2015

The Australian – National Affairs, Australia, 14 April 2015

Lawyers Weekly, Australia,
14 April 2015

The Monthly, Australia,
15 April 2015

13/04/2015

SA

Minister Scullion: Funding certainty for remote SA Indigenous communities

The Australian and South Australian Governments have signed an historic agreement that will provide municipal and essential services in remote Indigenous communities in South Australia from July 1 2015. The agreement will benefit more than 1500 Aboriginal people in remote South Australian communities.

indigenous.gov.au, Australia,
13 April 2015

09/04/2015

QLD

Petiton to block Adani Carmichael mine gathers steam

A petition calling for the Queensland government to block Adani’s plan to build Australia's largest coal mine, has picked up more than 80,000 supporters. Last month, the Wangan and Jagalingou people rejected an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the mining giant.

Brisbane Times, Australia,
9 April 2015

Queensland Country Life, Australia, 9 April 2015

Red Flag, Australia,
12 April 2015

08/04/2015

Australia

We need to protect remote Indigenous communities’ way of life: Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson has emerged as an unlikely supporter of remote communities facing government closure saying she believes the choice by Indigenous people to stay in remote communities needed to be respected.

SBS, Australia, 10 April 2015

07/04/2015

Australia

Commission sets out rights agenda

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has announced that he would prioritise a high-level forum with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner to discuss reforms that remove legal and regulatory barriers faced by native title holders seeking economic development.

PSnews, Australia, 7 April 2015

03/04/2015

QLD

It’s not just Indigenous Australians v. Adani over a coal mine. We should all join this fight

Blair Palese said the Wangan and Jagalingou people’s rejection of the Indigenous land use agreement with Adani for the Carmichael coal mine will put our national values to the test. The decision is simple – a choice between preserving our history, our land and our environment or giving in to the interests of big coal and gas companies.

The Guardian – opinion, Australia, 3 April 2015

03/04/2015

WA

Buru Energy moves closer to oil productions in WA’s Kimberley with native title deal

West Australian company Buru Energy has signed a land use agreement with the Yawuru people for the Ungani oil field in the Fitzroy valley. The traditional owners have vetoed fracking as part of the agreement.

ABC News, Australia,
3 April 2015

ABC News, Australia,
15 April 2015

The Guardian, Australia,
17 April 2015

01/04/2015

QLD

Native title determination in Gulf of Carpentaria opens way for home ownership

The Federal Court decision recognising the native title rights and interests of the Gangalidda and Garawa Peoples’ over about 9350 square kilometres of land and waters around Burketown in the Gulf of Carpentaria has opened the way for local Indigenous people to own their own homes and for jobs in Burketown. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said “this decision will ensure the Gangalidda and Garawa peoples are able to continue their long held relationship with the land, and reap the economic benefits that native title brings.”

indigenous.gov.au, Australia,
1 April 2015

My Sunshine Coast, Australia,
2 April 2015

01/04/2015

WA

Aboriginal heritage test case overturns decision to deregister Port Hedland site

The Supreme Court has quashed a decision by a West Australian Government committee to deregister a Port Hedland Aboriginal sacred site, as it was found that the definition of a sacred site being used by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs was invalid. As a result, Labor and the Greens are now calling for an urgent review of 22 formerly heritage-listed Aboriginal sacred sites.

ABC News, Australia,
1 April 2015

The Guardian, Australia,
2 April 2015

WA today – Comment, Australia, 7 April 2015

The Australian, Australia,
13 April 2015

01/04/2015

WA

How many Noongars actually voted for the extinguishing of their rights?

The South West Settlement negotiated between the Western Australian Government and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) has been voted on. But concerns are rising that the voting process may have only engaged less than a thousand citizens whereas the Noongar people number around 40,000.

The Stinger, Australia,
1 April 2015

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