The following is a statement from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council delivered on 8 March this year, in relation to and the risk posed by the extinguishment of native title by the Queensland government and the preospect of ongoing support for the Adani project.
We are determined to prevent our land being taken without our consent and to protect our Country and sacred places from destruction.
We have never given consent to the Adani project or the surrender of our land rights. Our people have rejected a deal with Adani four times since 2012. We oppose the destruction of our Country.
And without the Queensland Government’s support, and their willingness to override our rights and interests – which they have done before – Adani would be nowhere right now.
Our native title is now at risk of extinguishment by the State Government.
But it is within their power to make sure this doesn’t happen.
It’s time the Premier stopped dodging her Government’s complicity in overturning our decisions and aiding and abetting Adani.
Three years ago, we stood here and asked to meet with the then new Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, after our people had voted down a land use agreement with Adani. In the whole last term, she never spoke to us.
We have written four times to the Premier since our people met again in December last year and rejected Adani’s deal for the fourth time. She hasn’t replied once.
We are demanding a meeting to explain why there is no consent from us for Adani’s dirty deal, and why the Queensland Government should remove its support for Adani’s dodgy ILUA and stop opposing us in the courts.
And most of all, why the Government should not extinguish our native title.
Not for Adani. Not now. Not ever.
Let the Premier know you share our concerns
Call (: (07) 3719 7000) or email ([email protected]) her today.
Tell her you support the demands of the Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners
- Acknowledge that Adani does not have our consent for the Carmichael mine and the mass destruction of our country
- Publicly rule out extinguishing our Native Title for Adani
- Remove the Governments signature from Adani’s dodgy Land Use Agreement
- Stop spending public funds opposing us in the courts