Canavan takes cheap shots at the UN for Adani

  STATEMENT Tuesday 5 February 2019 Minister Matt Canavan running a protection racket for Adani, takes cheap shots at the United Nations   FOR DAYS we’ve been entertained by the spectacle of Resources Minister Matt Canavan running a protection racket for Adani, while taking cheap shots at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. […]

The Path of resistance – Public Event

The Path of resistance First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners’ fight for their future   PUBLIC EVENT 6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM, 16th JULY 2018 State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, Level 2, Stanley Place, South Brisbane    This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council […]

High noon in the Galilee

Wangan and Jagalingou law and order By Adrian Burragubba Published as the Prologue to The Coal Truth: The fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy, by David Ritter. June 2018 I AM A WANGAN AND JAGALINGOU PERSON. I learnt the ways of my people from my father and my older […]

Letter to the QLD Premier – there should be no extinguishment of Native Title

  THERE SHOULD BE NO EXTINGUISHMENT OF NATIVE TITLE WITHOUT OUR CONSENT   On 22 December 2017 the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council wrote to – The QLD Premier, The Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy   The W&J Council received its […]

URGENT: The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish Wangan Jagalingou native title for Adani

  Friends, This is urgent! The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish our Native Title rights. Adani is trying to push through an illegitimate land use agreement and extinguish our native title. We have a Federal Court case to challenge it it March, and have filed for an injunction to prevent them moving to have […]

Traditional Owners do not ‘support’ Rockhampton FIFO hub

   5 October 2017 Mayor Strelow misrepresents Wangan and Jagalingou Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow’s ‘thanks’ to the the Wangan and Jagalingou people for ‘our support’ is disingenuous and clearly misrepresents the position of the Traditional Owners of the proposed Carmichael mine area. We do not support a FIFO (fly in fly out) hub that allows […]

W&J submission to the Inquiry into NAIF

  W&J Submission to Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into the governance and operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) 28 July 2017 Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) are the Indigenous Traditional Owners of a vast area of land in central-western Queensland. We are the first people and our country – Wangan and Jagalingou country […]

Naomi Klein praises W&J leaders’ Activist of the Year award

Julien Burnside QC presents Ngara Institute’s Inaugural Activist of the Year Award Naomi Klein praises Adrian Burragubba and Murrawah Johnson for W&J fight against Adani 1 July 2017 NAOMI KLEIN, award-winning journalist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, and No Logo, sent this generous testimonial […]

URGENT: Senate could back native title amendments – Indigenous rights under threat!

Friends, Once again, the Government is coming after our lands. We don’t have much time. Now that Parliament is back for the budget sitting, the Government will try again to curb our rights by fast-tracking amendments to native title laws through the Parliament. The Government’s rushed changes to the Native Title Act arrive in front of […]

Federal Resources Minister, Senator Matt Canavan, is misrepresenting Wangan and Jagalingou people again

  Federal Resources Minister, Senator Matt Canavan, is misrepresenting Wangan and Jagalingou people again, as he and his National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, come down hard on Westpac. The big four bank announced a new policy which cuts Adani out of any future lending. It would be laughable if it wasn’t […]

Mundine reduces Aboriginal land rights and First Nations treaties to ‘a fantasy business transaction’

    In his opinion piece, “Activists undermine principles of self-determination” [1], 20 April 2017, Warren Mundine makes exaggerated, false and misleading comments. As his views still gain considerable national attention as the former head of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council [2], it is necessary for us to respond. While we agree that “making your own decisions […]

Letter to Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples

  8 March 2017 Update on the situation of the Wangan and Jagalingou People’s opposition to the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine and comments on Australia’s response to the Special Rapporteur’s letter dated 1 April 2016 In this letter, we update the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on our efforts to say no to this destructive mine […]

W&J Traditional Owners Council submission on the Native Title amendment bill

  7 March 2017 Submission to the Senate Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee re the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 “The integrity of our decision making, especially regarding our laws and customs, and our rights to self-determination and to  withhold our consent to the destruction of our country and heritage, are […]

W&J Council acts on Adani’s invalid Indigenous Land Use Agreement

Letter Sent by JustUs lawyers on behalf of the objecting Registered Native Title Claimants for W&J to Adani’s lawyer in the matter of the Carmichael Mine ILUA   Dear Colleague Re Adani Mining Pty Ltd- Application for registration of Wangan and Jagalingou ILUA-QI2016/15 (“the Adani ILUA”) We refer to our clients’ Notice of objection to registration of the […]

Urgent Letter to Gautam Adani

4th December 2016 Mr. Gautam Adani Chairman, Adani Group   Dear Mr Adani, Respecting our People, Country and Rights – a meeting request re Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council regarding your proposed Carmichael Mine As a matter of urgency, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council request a meeting with you during […]

Statement and questions to Downer EDI Board

On 3rd of November, Senior W&J Traditional Owner, Adrian Burragubba, attended the AGM of the large mining and engineering company DownerEDI on behalf of the Wangan Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council.  DownerEDI are set to garner the contracts from Adani for the construction and engineering should the Carmichael Mine ever go ahead. Adrian Burragubba put this statement and questions […]

‘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 […]


Adrian’s statement for today… because you won’t read about it in the newspapers — TRADITIONAL OWNER’S LAND RIGHTS FIGHT RESUMES IN FEDERAL COURT AGAINST ADANI’S “FRACTURING AND FRAUD” Adrian Burragubba, cultural leader and senior spokesperson of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners’ Council, will be in the Federal Court in Brisbane again today as […]

EXPLAINER: Representation of W&J

REPRESENTATION OF THE WANGAN AND JAGALINGOU PEOPLE (W&J) Note: There has been considerable misinformation about “disunity” within the W&J , purposefully amplified by Adani to serve the company’s interests, and questions raised about Adrian Burragubba’s authority to act and speak on the W&J’s behalf by Adani and others. This briefer clarifies this –  and provides […]


MEDIA STATEMENT – 21 August 2015 The Wangan and Jagalingou people, traditional owners of Queensland’s Galilee Basin,  today announce we have formally reconstituted the group representing our native title claim, and now stand together stronger than ever for our imminent fight in the Federal Court to stop Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, the biggest in Australian […]

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Representative Council’s authorised spokesperson

Adrian Burragubba is the authorised spokesperson of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Representative Council. He is a member of the Wangan and Jagalingou Native Title applicant and a senior Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owner. The Wangan and Jagalingou Claim Group rejected the proposed Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani Mining in 4th October 2014 by a decision […]