CAAMA News 18-10-2018

18th Oct 2018

Hosted by Philippe Perez

Traditional owners from the Northern Territory have travelled to Sydney to attend the Origin Energy Annual General Meeting, to challenge the gas-giant over claims it has consent for gas fracking in the Northern Territory

Native Title holders and traditional owners have used the energy company’s AGM to tell shareholders  that they have not given  their consent for drilling into  the Beetaloo sub-basin.

The group presented the Chairman of Origin  with  a letter of complaint stating that Origin failed to adequately consult landholders on the scale and risks of its gasfield proposals, and that many landholders were entirely excluded from  the consultations.

Origin Chairman Mr Gordon Cairns replied  that he shares Aboriginal concerns for country and that Origin Energy respect the Aboriginal Connection to land

Origin have agreed to provide copies of its contested consultation materials to concerned community members.

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The country’s largest native title settlement valued at $1.3 billion dollars has been reached.

The Noongar native title settlement covers 200,000 square kilometres of land, and effects more than 30,000 people.

In 2015 Aboriginal groups in Western Australia’s south west  agreed to the establishment of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA’s) with former Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett.

The National Native Title Tribunal eventually  granted  six ILUA’s. but  the deal faced  legal concerns with claimants  failing to  sign off on five of them.

The South West Aboriginal Land Council says  it is a great opportunity for the Noongar people to come together, to control their own destiny, and to build a solid future for generations to come”.

But not everyone  is  happy with  the determination….. Mervyn Eades a Noongar man and one of the claimants says the decision is nothing to be proud of.

Despite the registrations,  claimants opposed to the agreement can go to the Federal Court and pursue a review.

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Former Olympic athlete and federal politician Nova Peris says that while progress has been made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, it sometimes feels like two steps forward, one step back

A range of speakers addressing The 4th Annual Yanikan-werritj Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Conference held in Ballarat are sharing and exchanging information on important health issues.

Keynote speakers at the conference included Chair for Indigenous Health and Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit and Director Professor Kerry Arabena, Professor Tom Calma from Australian Government Department of Health and Nova Peris 

Ms Peris, told the conference that in 2018 aboriginal and torres strait islander health should be at a much better place than where it is.