Brandis intervenes in W&J court action against Adani

Traditional Owners fighting Adani appalled at improper political interference The Attorney General, George Brandis, has intervened in a Federal Court hearing in which the Traditional Owners fighting Adani’s proposed coal mine are seeking to strike out a fake agreement Adani claims to have for the mine to proceed. Senator Brandis’ intervention follows his second failure […]

Senate frustrates Government’s push to pass Native Title Bill

Traditional Owners fighting Adani heartened by Senate’s defence of native title, deferred vote on changes Despite the Prime Minister recently reassuring billionaire Gautam Adani that he will ‘fix’ native title laws to enable Adani’s controversial mine to go ahead, the Turnbull Government failed in the Senate again today, with its Native Title Amendment Bill being pushed […]

Senate should not reward Brandis’ native title bill scam

MEDIA RELEASE 9 May 2017 Proper consultation with Indigenous Leaders needed Adani shouldn’t determine Native Title reform agenda  The Attorney General George Brandis has cut corners and conducted a shabby consultation process on the Native Title Bill to be debated in the Senate this Wednesday, failing to include Traditional Owners across Australia, say Wangan and […]

Turnbull offers to sacrifice Aboriginal rights to Adani in an act of national betrayal

  MEDIA RELEASE – 11 April 2017 The Turnbull government is willing to sacrifice Aboriginal people’s rights in pursuit of a deal with Adani for its proposed coal megamine, sanctioning the destruction of the lands and waters of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) traditional owners. The Prime Minister has courted Gautam Adani with the offer of ‘fixing […]

Government fails to pass Native Title Bill: Major setback for Adani

  MEDIA RELEASE – 31 March 2017 The Federal Government should stop pandering to Adani and the minerals councils and get Native Title reform right, say Traditional Owners opposed to the Carmichael coal mine. The Turnbull Government failed to push through its controversial Native Title Bill by the end of the Parliamentary sitting, despite the Labor […]

Senate Inquiry report tabled: Labor support for Native Title Bill profoundly disappointing

  MEDIA RELEASE 21 March 2017 Senate Inquiry report tabled: Labor support for Native Title Bill profoundly disappointing Labor abandons support for Aboriginal land rights Major parties clear way for Adani to ignore Indigenous objections to Adani coal mine Wangan and Jagalingou to meet with UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Rights to express concern […]

Senate Inquiry told Native Title amendments will disenfranchise Traditional Owners

  MEDIA RELEASE – 13 March 2017 Brandis’ changes support ‘divide and conquer’ tactics of unscrupulous companies like Adani Brisbane. Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners fighting Adani’s Carmichael mine will today tell a Senate Inquiry into the Federal Native Title Bill that the kind of dubious tactics Adani has used to try secure a land […]

Traditional Owners say Native Title Bill needs more time, proper negotiation

  MEDIA RELEASE – 2 March 2017 CANBERRA. Traditional owners fighting Indian miner Adani’s mine are demanding the Government act fairly and allow more time for proper consideration by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around Australia who will be affected by the Government’s proposed changes to native title laws. Spokespeople for the Wangan and […]

Traditional Owners v Adani in Federal Court today then to Canberra to discuss Native Title Amendments

Traditional owners fighting the Carmichael megamine are on the front foot this week, challenging in court the native title process which allowed the Qld Government to issue a mining lease without their consent, and meeting with Federal MPs to present arguments why the Government’s amendments to the Native Title Act threaten the rights of Traditional […]

Native Title Act amendments face uncertain future

Traditional Owners welcome extra time for consultation With proposed changes to the Native Title Act being moved off to a Senate Committee for scrutiny, members of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council today welcomed the additional opportunity for dialogue. The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is due to report on […]

Traditional Owners condemn Brandis’ ‘Adani Amendment’ to Native Title Act as a con on the public

MEDIA RELEASE 13 February 2017 Say it won’t head off Court action to stop Adani’s fake land use agreement Members of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council today condemned the Turnbull government for pandering to the interests of Indian miner Adani and the wealthy mining industry at the expense of the rights of […]

W&J resist mining industry push to amend Native Title Act to secure Carmichael mine proposal

MEDIA RELEASE – 12 February 2017 Traditional Owners resist industry push for amended Native Title Act to secure Carmichael mine proposal Seek court order Monday to ‘strike out’ Adani’s fake land use agreement Members of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council will on Monday ask the Federal Court to knock out Adani’s claim that […]

No surrender – Traditional Owners move to defeat Adani’s ‘fake ILUA’

MEDIA RELEASE 7 February 2017 Traditional Owners act to defeat Adani’s invalid Indigenous Land Use Agreement in the wake of Noongar ruling W&J Council will seek a declaration to knock out ‘fake ILUA’ Lawyers for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council have today written to Adani demanding it withdraw its application to have […]

Traditional Owners construct ‘legal line of defence’ against Adani and Qld Govt

Announce Full Bench Supreme Court Appeal – natural justice sought Express Anger at Gautam Adani’s Failure to Meet The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council have today announced a further action in their legal line of defence of their lands and rights against the imposition of Adani’s “mine of mass destruction”. They have also […]

Naomi Klein commends new UQ Traditional Owners Flagship Project

Exciting UQ Global Change Institute collaboration MEDIA RELEASE  9 November 2016 | Leaders of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J) will tonight announce, on a panel with Naomi Klein, a new flagship project with the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, collaborating with UQ researchers and Australian human rights lawyers. The […]

Canavan doing foreign miner Adani’s bidding

MEDIA RELEASE  23 October 2016  |   Rockhampton-based Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matt Canavan “is feigning concern for Aboriginal people while relying on misleading media stories this weekend which attempt to discredit the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners council and our rejection of the proposed Adani Carmichael mine”, said Adrian Burragubba, […]

Traditional owners fighting Adani mine meet UN Rapporteur

MEDIA RELEASE  13 October 2016  |   Traditional owners fighting Adani mine meet UN Rapporteur today: Raise ‘egregious failure’ of Qld Mines Minister & Coordinator General to respect Indigenous rights The declaration of Adani’s Carmichael coal project as “critical infrastructure” by Qld Government Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham, is “a political absurdity, and continues the egregious […]

Traditional Owners fight on: appeal Carmichael mine Federal Court decision

An appeal to the full bench of the Federal Court of Australia was filed today by senior Traditional Owner and spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) family council, Mr Adrian Burragubba, challenging a decision of Justice Reeves in relation to the Queensland government’s issuing of mining leases for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, handed down […]

CORRECTION: QLD Resources Council Lies re Carmichael Court Decision

MEDIA STATEMENT  19 August 2016    CORRECTION: QLD RESOURCES COUNCIL LIES RE CARMICHAEL COURT CHALLENGE Senior Traditional Owner and spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) family council, Mr Adrian Burragubba, today criticised the head of the Queensland Resources Council for blatantly lying about Mr Burragubba’s legal representation, and questioning of W&J’s independence, to suit […]

Adani court decision: Traditional Owners say fight to stop QLD’s Carmichael mine continues

MEDIA RELEASE  19 August 2016  |   Court decision: Traditional Owners say govt acted shamefully, fight to stop Adani’s Carmichael mine continues Defence of rights and country still has a long way to run Senior Traditional Owner and spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) traditional owners family council, Mr Adrian Burragubba, says he is […]

Q&A Correction: To the ‘Minister for Adani’ — Matthew Canavan — “No Still Means No”

On ABC’s Q&A last night, National Party Senator, Matthew Canavan – the ‘Minister for Adani’ – made a vague reference to “native title” groups’ near unanimous support for the proposed Carmichael mine. He complained that the media doesn’t cover such supposed ‘good news’, as though his Government’s interests are not constantly boosted in the press. […]

Traditional Owners’ rejection of Carmichael stands, despite Adani bank rolling bogus “land use agreement”

MEDIA RELEASE  16 APRIL 2016   Sham agreement to be challenged in the Federal Court Representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) claim group today slammed a meeting organised and funded by Indian giant Adani, which purports to be a gathering of the W&J people but was convened by the company to push a land […]

Media release // Traditional Owners take legal action on Adani’s Carmichael leases; release letter from QLD Mines Minister Lynham saying no intention to issue leases until Federal Court challenge resolved

MEDIA RELEASE  13 APRIL 2016  |   Traditional Owners take legal action on Adani’s Carmichael leases; release letter from QLD Mines Minister Lynham saying no intention to issue leases until Federal Court challenge resolved Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) representatives today filed an interlocutory application in the Federal Court of Australia challenging the leases that have been […]

MEDIA RELEASE // QLD Mines Minister Lynham’s Adani mine approval shows gutless and morally bankrupt approach of Government to Traditional Owners’ rights

MEDIA RELEASE  3 APRIL 2016 QLD Mines Minister Lynham’s Adani mine approval shows gutless and morally bankrupt approach of Government to Traditional Owners’ rights Minister prefers Adani’s misleading and inflated jobs figures to respect for the law and human rights, say Wangan and Jagalingou people The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people today responded to the […]

Authorisation meeting of the Wangan and Jagalingou People on the 19th March 2016 in Brisbane

From the Authorisation meeting of the Wangan and Jagalingou People on the 19th March 2016 in Brisbane Resolution #9 – Adani Carmichael Project The chairperson read out the following resolution: “This meeting notes that a proposed ILUA with Adani for its Carmichael Project has been rejected at claim group meetings on two prior occasions, the […]

‘Three strikes you’re out’ – Traditional Owners reject Adani Carmichael mine for a third time

‘Three strikes you’re out’ – Traditional Owners reject Adani Carmichael mine for a third time QLD Mines Minister Anthony Lynham must now step up and rule out issuing of mining leases In a landmark moment of self-determination and a major blow to the Adani Carmichael coal mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people, traditional owners […]

Naomi Klein nominates W&J Youth Leader for inaugural list of international ‘movers and shakers’

Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader, Murrawah Johnson, has been added to the Grist 50 list of movers and shakers by Naomi Klein. The Grist 50 is a list of the best and brightest fighting for the planet, curated by Grist. Grist is based in Seattle, in the State of Washington, with contributors scattered the world ’round. It’s a nonprofit […]

QLD GOVERNMENT PLANS TO EXTINGUISH NATIVE TITLE FOR ADANI’S COAL MINE A NEW LOW IN VIOLATING TRADITIONAL OWNERS’ RIGHTS

MEDIA RELEASE: FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2015 QLD GOVERNMENT PLANS TO EXTINGUISH NATIVE TITLE FOR ADANI’S COAL MINE A NEW LOW IN VIOLATING TRADITIONAL OWNERS’ RIGHTS ‘Not here, not now, not this time’ say Traditional Owners Adrian Burragubba, senior spokesperson of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners’ Council, has strongly condemned plans by Queensland’s Coordinator […]

Wangan & Jagalingou leader in historic meeting with Kiribati president

MEDIA RELEASE – November 19, 2015 Wangan & Jagalingou leader in historic meeting with Kiribati president Joins president’s call for no new coal mines; seeks support to defend W&J’s rights and country Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owner, and senior spokesperson Adrian Burragubba, will this morning meet with President Anote Tong of Kiribati and offer […]

Letter // Submission regarding Australia’s failure to protect the Wangan and Jagalingou People’s rights to culture from the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine

  2 October 2015 Ms. Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights c/o OHCHR‐UNOG, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Palais Wilson 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Re: Submission regarding Australia’s failure to protect the Wangan and Jagalingou People’s rights to culture from the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine Dear Special […]

MEDIA RELEASE – Adani’s Carmichael woes escalate: Traditional owners file Federal Court challenge, mount World Banks Tour to block finance

MEDIA RELEASE – Friday 29 May 2015 Adani’s Carmichael woes escalate: Traditional owners file Federal Court challenge, mount World Banks Tour to block finance Brisbane, Australia: Indian giant Adani’s planned Carmichael coalmine in the northern state of Queensland has hit double trouble as Traditional Owners today announce a landmark Federal Court challenge, on the eve of […]

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The Guardian 26 March 2015 Aboriginal group fights to stop $16bn Carmichael coalmine, Australia’s largest An Aboriginal group in central Queensland is attempting to prevent Australia’s largest mine from being established on its ancestral land, in what is shaping up to be an unprecedented test of the country’s native title laws…