Carmichael coal mine native title decision comes today

Update: The Federal Court has dismissed the native title decision against Adani’s Carmichael mine with the company welcoming the result. They said Adrian Burragubba constantly objected to all the processes related to the mine, despite the majority of his traditional owner group supporting it.

“Adani looks forward to continuing to work with the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) traditional owners to help ensure the benefits of the mine, rail and port project are realised for all members of the W&J community,” they said.

Earlier: The Queensland Federal Court will hand down its decision over Adani’s Carmichael mine today, following native title holder’s claims against its approvals.

The court will give its decision regarding Wangan and Jagalingou member Adrian Burragubba’s native title claim.

In his legal proceedings, Burragubba called the native title system “unfairly restrictive” for Indigenous groups and disregarded their decisions, the Morning Bulletin reports.

He also claimed that Adani had misrepresented the economic benefits to the mine in a way similar to fraud.

However, some other W&J members support the development of the mine and say that Burragubba does not represent their aims.

Earlier this year, W&J native title holders against the mine claimed mines minster Anthony Lynham betrayed them under pressure from the Indian miner.

Burragubba had accused the state government of racism in failing to allow due legal process before granting approvals, and sought to file a complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act for administration of the Native Title process.

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