Smoking ceremony. Photos: Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council
In recognition of their unique gathering, traditional owners held a ceremony at the Doongmabulla Springs, as well as several sites of historical significance. Photos: courtesy of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council

16 Nov 2017

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series

The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.

In a special series of five articles, running over coming days, New Matilda will document the systemic way in which colonialism continues in a contemporary form, disguised by notions of Indigenous land use agreement. What is revealed is a relentless ‘land grab’ – a taking of Wangan and Jagalingou Country without consent, and designed to enable the Adani Carmichael mine to proceed.

This special series will draw from research conducted by researchers from the GCI's flagship project, in collaboration with Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.
 


15 Nov 2017

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council Return to Country (July 2017)

In July 2017, members of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J) held a major ‘Gathering on Country.’

The GCI Flagship research team (Lyons and Brigg) were able to join this historic event, and were able to document some of the key issues and themes that emerged during this event. These include the transformative experiences as a result of the trip to Country, the meanings inscribes in ancestral homeland, opposition to Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine, and the important role of the Council.

You can read this report here.  229 KB (PDF)


15 Nov 2017

Environment and Planning Law Association Annual Conference

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) are a key partner in our research project with the GCI. We work closely with Benedict Coyne, President ALHR, whose work meets at the intersection of law, Indigenous Rights and climate change. Benedict recently delivered the keynote address at the 2017 Environment and Planning Law Association Annual Conference. The title of his paper 'Re-greening rights – indigeneity, climate change and a timely re-confluence of human rights and the environment' draws upon some of the themes of our flagship project.

You can read a transcript of the keynote address here. 647 KB (PDF)


16 Oct 2017

Exploring Relationship to Country, Meanings of Homelands, and Resolve to Oppose Adani’s Proposed Carmichael Mine

In July 2017, the members of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J), including elders and youth, held a major gathering on country.

More than 35 W&J traditional owners were joined by the GCI Flagship project research team and a small film crew.

People gathered at Clermont on Wangan Country in central Queensland. This landmark event, focusing on cultural revitalisation, was likely the first gathering of representatives of all the families together on country since the forced, and often violent removal that occurred in central Queensland from around the mid-to-late 1800s. This was a powerful and immediate expression of their claim to the traditional lands and waters of their ancestors and to the ongoing presence of their society.

As part of the visit, W&J traditional owners held a two-day council meeting in Clermont, and laid a plaque in the town to mark the continued connection to country held by the traditional owners. The people also held ceremony at the sacred Doongmabulla Springs, as well as several sites of historical significance.

Wangan and Jagalingou Country is under immediate and direct threat of destruction from Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine. At the invitation of the traditional owners, and as part of the GCI collaboration, Morgan Brigg and Kristen Lyons were engaged in research to document the Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners relationship to their country and the meanings inscribed in their ancestral homelands.

The research was also focused on gaining understandings of the ways in which the proposed Carmichael mine has already affected the lives for the W&J people, as well as why they remain strong in their resolve to oppose the mine.

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council members shared their visions for the future – for their self-governed and self-determined council, their families, and for their country.  

The GCI Flagship project is documenting the impacts of coal mining and the struggle of the W&J Traditional Owners Council, including how the W&J’s legal and political strategies challenge the native title regime and relate to international Indigenous and human rights policies and the transition to a low carbon energy future.


28 July 2017

Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into the governance and operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

On 28 July 2017, The Flagship Project leaders provided a submission to the Senate Committee related to the public interest assessment of the governance and operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).

Given the current proposal for NAIF to provide $900 million in funding for railway infrastructure related to the proposed Adani mine, this Senate Inquiry -- and the activities of the NAIF more broadly -- are of direct relevance to this project.

You can read our submission to the inquiry here. 176 Kb (PDF)


4 July 2017

The Economic (non)viability of the Adani Galilee Basin Project

As the Adani mine proposal becomes a central issue in Australian politics, UQ's Professor John Quiggin looks in detail at the economic (non)viability of the mine, which has driven the company’s appeals for subsidies and government support.

Prof. Quiggin also suggests three reasons the unviable project is still being pursued by its supporters.


20 June 2017

The GCI-funded flagship project: ‘We Are The People From That Land: Centring Indigenous peoples’ rights in the transition to a sustainable, low carbon future’ has progressed strongly during the first six months of 2017.

The project has set out to explore the international Indigenous movement that is re-imagining human rights and social and economic development in the global era of scarce water resources, climate change and energy transition.

A new report, compiled by senior researchers from The University of Queensland, raises issues crucial to the important and timely debate about native title and the rights of Indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world.

The report entitled 'Unfinished Business: Adani, the State and the Indigenous Rights Struggle of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council', was launched at the UQ Global Change Institute on Monday, 13 June 2017. 

A copy of the report can be downloaded here 3.7 MB (PDF).

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26 Oct 2016

Australia’s coal politics are undermining democratic and Indigenous rights


 

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