The Combined Aboriginal Organisations of the Northern Territory and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council are urging the Senate to put off the vote until the NT Government releases its legislative response this weeksource
whatever the committee's opinion, the report is unlikely to halt the progress of the legislation source
If we look at the way in which this legislation has been rammed through the House, we can see that the potential for open and clear discussions about the faults or merits of the legislation has been denied… we can see that this is a recipe not for the empowerment of Aboriginal people but for the disempowerment of their interests
Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Amendment (Township Leasing) Bill Second Reading, 13 June 2007
The Commonwealth Government has indicated that, during this five-year period, it will continue to negotiate for 99-year township leases with traditional owners, pursuant to section 19A of the ALRA. This gives rise to an extraordinary proposition, having stripped traditional owners of the use of, rights to, and responsibility for their land, the Commonwealth is proposing ongoing negotiation of 99-year leasing arrangement under extremely asymmetric power relationsAboriginal Land Rights (NT) Amendment (Township Leasing) Bill Second Reading, 13 June 2007
The matter that we have to consider regarding these amendments concerns the Commonwealth establishing for itself an entity that would issue subleases Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Amendment (Township Leasing) Bill Second Reading, 13 June 2007
The government has always said that the scheme is voluntary and yet consistently we have seen suggestions made by the minister that funding for schools—
funding for a high school in one case - will not be forthcoming unless the community signs up Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Amendment (Township Leasing) Bill Second Reading, 13 June 2007
Police in all states and territories have rallied to reject the federal Government's planned abolition of the permit system controlling access to Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory Police unite against NT Permit Plan
There is no evidence that the partial abolition of the permit system will reduce child sex abuse. Indeed there is a strong view tendered by the Northern Territory Police Association that such relaxation might exacerbate this problem Emergency Response or Knee Jerk Reaction?
Land that may be subject to Native Title comprises some fifty percent of the Northern Territory and Native Title law impacts on almost every stage of the mining tenure process on that landsource
Cogema suffered a recent setback with the collapse of negotiations with Traditional Owners over the Koongarra lease, cut from Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.
Ranger is due to close within the next few years as the resource is all but mined out. Its future hinges on being able to establish the Jabiluka mine 20km to the north and truck the ore to Ranger for milling. It is this option which the Mirrar People have vetoed, putting the future of both Ranger and Jabiluka in doubt.
Mining on Aboriginal land contributes more than a billion dollars a year to the Northern Territory economy and accounts for eighty per cent of the Territory's income derived from mining
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WMC (Western Mining Corporation) Ltd. was one of Australia's largest mining and metal corporations, and one of the world's largest producers of gold, copper, nickel, alumina, talc and uranium...WMC has been one of the most outspoken opponents of indigenous land rights
Striker Resources and the Balanggarra people who have claimed 27,000 sq. km of land in the remote Kimberley district of Western Australia. The claimants will receive four components of cash compensation: during exploration a fixed percentage of the costs of ground disturbing exploration activities; at the mine construction stage, 1.5% of capital costs; when the mine is operational, a royalty of a percentage of the mineral sales proceeds; and annual land rentals.Working with Native Title
IBA is currently involved in almost 30 significant investments of
which 25 are located in rural and remote Australia. These are
worth about $120 million of which 14 have existing Indigenous
Djok traditional owner Jeffrey Lee is one of the many traditional owners in Australia fighting uranium mining companies to preserve his land and culture. Lee, senior custodian of the Kongarra uranium deposit, has decided never to allow his land, which borders the world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park, to be mined.
However, French mining giant Areva, the world's biggest nuclear power company, wants to extract 14,000 tonnes of uranium worth more than $5 billion The site is close to a special place for the Australian environment and Aboriginal land rights rights movements, the site of the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine which was defeated by a huge campaign in 2003.
NT intervention part of 'nuclear plan' - The Age 14 August 07 –
"Federal government intervention into Northern Territory indigenous communities is part of US President George W Bush's 'grand nuclear plan' for the planet, the Australian Greens say.
…for the establishment of a National Radioactive Waste Repository on 31 May 2002. The EISproposed three possible locations for the repository:
1)Site 52a near Koolmilka, Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA), South Australia
2)Site 40a about 20 km east of Woomera
3)Site 45a about 50 km northeast of Woomera
Prior to submission of the Draft EIS, the Department of Defence had provided to DEST a report by HLA – Envirosciences entitled ‘Impact on Australian Defence Force Operations of locating the National Waste Repository at Site 52a within the Woomera Prohibited Area’ (HLA 2001). This report contained an assessment of some of the perceived risks associated with the proposed project. DEST took this assessment into account when it prepared the Draft EIS following receipt of a report to DEST by Halliburton KBR Pty Ltd dated February 2002 (Halliburton 2002).
Days before, the Australian government had made a historic bid for Aboriginal land in South Australia where it intends to dispose of toxic wastes. Malezer, Human Rights Officer with the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Resource Action (FAIRA), spoke to the Forum about the price tendered: $90,000 to each of three aboriginal groups for a plot of 2.5 square kilometers.
Given that the Woomera region has been subjected to atomic testing already, Malezer reasons, the gates are open for nuclear storage
Eight regions across Australia were identified for further assessment and Woomera was finally chosen as the preferred site.
Yanyuwa elders from Borroloola in the Northern Territory have arrived in Darwin to attend this week’s Federal Court case against the Commonwealth.
The case follows the approval of expansions at the McArthur River Mine, allowing the company to convert from an underground to an open-cut mine and divert five kilometres of the McArthur River.
After a hearing in the Court of Appeal today, Chief Justice Martin and Justices Riley and Southwood found that legislation passed by the Northern Territory Government on 4 May 2007
had effectively overturned the previous decision by Justice Angel.
MRM General Manager, Mr Brian Hearne, said he is pleased with the result as it provides legal validation to the McArthur River Project Amendment (Ratification of Mining Authorities) Act 2007 which enabled the mine’s $110 million open pit development to proceed.
“It remains business as usual at MRM
The Australian Government passed the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 to armour the flawed site selection process against any legislative or legal recourse. The intent of the legislation is to remove any doubt about the Australian Government’s power to select
a site, construct, and operate a radioactive waste facility in the Northern Territory
Originally posted by Redemptionseeker
I seriously think that why yes we did need to intervene, our glorious government in myy opinion, is setting the peices in place for a nice peaceful acceptance of our forthcoming National ID cards next year. That and a backhanded deal to grab land.
Sorry, but as a half Irish half Scottish born n bred Aussie, I have a genetic and cultural disposition to distrust governments!!!!!!
The emergency measures in the Northern Territory have still not produced any charges of child sexual abuse
United Water is a consortia of three companies:
Veolia Water - the world's largest water services company and is the water division of Veolia Environment.
Thames Water - the UK's largest water company, providing water and wastewater services to 13 million people in Southern England and 43 million people worldwide.
Halliburton KBR - a leader in engineering, planning and project management in the Asia Pacific region.
In 1996 the SA Government awarded United Water a 15-year contract to manage and operate the metropolitan Adelaide water and wastewater systems on behalf of SA Water. Under its contract, the company is committed to leading the development of a revitalised water industry in South Australia.SA Water
The Great Artesian Basin is a confined multi-layered
groundwater system, which underlies 1.7 million km2 of arid
and semi-arid land across Queensland, New South Wales,
South Australia and Northern Territory. GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES OF THE GREAT ARTESIAN BASIN, AUSTRALIA
From what I can make out, the deal may involve giving away
valuable rights to water (life in the desert) in return for
very little indeed. Just as Warumungu people in the area have
had their mineral wealth (gold and copper - and grasses and
surface waters) expropriated in return for misery, it seems
that they have been denied the opportunity to establish their
rights in relation to subsurface water and to obtain a
reasonable return for its use.
They say future wars will be fought over water.
Native title holders ruled to have no part of Land Claim.
Interestingly, Halliburton, Dick Cheney's former company, constructed the railway line between Adelaide and Darwin, now managed by Serco Asia Pacific, a leader in the management and transport of Britain's nuclear waste. It runs adjacent to both the SA Olympic Dam uranium mine and to Muckaty Station at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory - the preferred site chosen by the Federal Government to store radioactive waste from Lucas Heights. source
NT chief: No big roll-back of measures source
The new Government is expected to reinstate the Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) and keep the permits system the previous government planned to scrap.Researcher calls for scrapping of 'racist' intervention policy