Miner pays government and not aboriginal community for damaging scared site

FRED LEFTWICH - ABORIGINAL ADVOCATE, CANBERRA AUSTRALIA

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3817223.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest

This has to be the most strange arrangements for the protection of aboriginal scared sites. The government body that has been established to protect aboriginal sites, the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, fined a mining company for damaging an aboriginal scared site. However, instead of the mining company paying restitution to the aboriginal community they pay the northern territory government. Maybe the government will compensate the aboriginal community but will they compensate them the full amount? This is just another case of why we need a treaty so aboriginal people can legally protect their rights and not have governments, who have many conflict of interests, speak on their behalf. With Australian governments trying to clear the deck for gas mining companies to starting fracking every acre of land in Australia, I wouldn’t be surprised if they started to attack the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority or get rid of it. Stayed tuned.

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