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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.
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.
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.