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Monday, 12 February

15:58

Letter to the QLD Premier there should be no extinguishment of Native Title Wangan & Jagalingou People

 

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 most recent mandate at a meeting of the W&J claim group on 2 December 2017. The letter informed the Government that the W&J claim group opposes the Adani Mining Pty Ltd project because of the damage that it will cause to the culture, and the lands and waters, of the Wangan and Jagalingou People.

W&J council also oppose the registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani Mining Pty Ltd purported to be authorised by the Wangan and Jagalingou People in controversial circumstances (the Adani ILUA).

W&J council uphold the decisions of the claim group who, on four separate occasions (the last being at the authorisation meeting of 2 December 2017), have rejected the Adani ILUA.

We noted the following

1. There is no free prior informed consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou People to the Adani project or the Adani ILUA.

2. The Adani ILUA is not acceptable compensation for the destruction of our country and the loss and suffering that would occur. Nor does it provide an equitable consideration regarding jobs and benefits.

3. The circumstances in which the Government, in support of an ILUA, became directly involved in internal Wangan and Jagalingou discussion is of very serious concern to us.

4. The Adani ILUA contains a provision which allows for the immediate surrender and extinguishment of our native title.

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09:36

ONeill caught out telling lies over Ok Tedi Mine Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Bryan Kramer MP | PNG Blogs | February 09, 2018 

Prime Minister Peter ONeill was caught lying and misleading Parliament during question time when it resumed its first session in 2018 on Tuesday.

ONeill was responding to a question raised by the Governor of Western Province, Toboi Yoto asking when his people would benefit from Oktedi Mine and when they would receive the share certificates.

Western Governor explained that since the ONeill Government took over the mine in September 2013 it had failed to transfer the share certificates representing 33% interest in the mine to the Western Province people. Further, still, they had yet to receive their dividends.

In response, ONeill claimed when his Government took over the mine from BHP, who at the time wanted to shut down the mine for not being profitable. He said the Government inherited a loss-making machine.

He confirmed his Government has yet to transfer 33% interest to the landowners, claiming it was because of stamp duties issue.

Member for Moresby North-Wes...

09:10

Landowners and companies in new battle for Panguna mine, which triggered Bougainville Crisis Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

PHOTO: Panguna landowners are arguing about which company should restart mining. (ABC News: Bethanie Harriman)

 Eric Tlozek | ABC News | 10 February 2018

The race to reopen one of the worlds biggest copper mines, Panguna, is dividing landowners and the wider community in Bougainville.

Key points:

  • Local leader Philip Miriori says activity at the Panguna mine would bring prosperity and better infrastructure to the community
  • Bougainvilles President says the Government is keen to restart the mine to boost its case for independence
  • Not all landowners around the mine are happy with the stalemate, or with RTGs push to leapfrog former operator BCL

Panguna was abandoned in 1989, after landowner dissatisfaction with the mine led to the Bougainville Crisis, an armed uprising against the Papua New Guinea Government in wh...

Sunday, 11 February

10:00

Delay in Woodlark mine causing anxiety: MP Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | February 9, 2018

The delay in the Woodlark Island Gold Project is causing a lot of anxiety and undesired expectation from landowners.

Samarai-Murua MP, Isi Leonard, said this in Parliament when asking Mining Minister Johnson Tuke on the status of the Woodlark Island Gold Project.

Leonard said the project has been on development status for well over a decade following numerous delays and a changing of ownership twice.

The people of Woodlark and Samarai-Murua regard the project as a major catalyst for development. But the delay in its development is causing much anxiety and undesired expectation, he said.

The member asked Minister Tuke the status of the project, whether the low commodity process hindered project development financing and if the government could step in.

Leonard asked about a previous agreement for a joint venture partnershi...

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