Adani mine battle turns into a native title fight

THE protest against the Adani megamine has switched from attacking the company and the project to demanding the State Government not extinguish native title on the mine site.

Activist Adrian Burragubba and his followers, along with Greens MP Michael Berkman, protested outside Parliament yesterday demanding the Government uphold native title, but technically there is no native title on the mine site.

There is an application for it from the Wangan and Jagalingou, Mr Burragubba's clan, but no determination has been made, so everyone is basing their actions on an assumption that there is native title.

The Palaszczuk Government is also at a loss because even if it wanted to act, it can't while Mr Burragubba's W&J faction continues to fight the project in the courts.

"The Queensland Government has a clear choice - it can refuse to rule out extinguishing our native title or kowtow to Adani, whose mine will devastate our country," Mr Burragubba said. "Once native title is gone, it is gone forever. No means no - we will never surrender and allow Adani to destroy our land and culture.

"It's time the Premier stood up for our rights rather than aiding and abetting Adani."

COURIER MAIL, 22/08/2018

John McCarthy

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