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Just Us Lawyers help Aboriginals fight Adani

Just Us Lawyers helps aboriginal traditional owners in their fight against Adani to keep their lands

Just Us Lawyers’ principal Colin Hardie was outside the Queensland Supreme Court to announce an appeal in relation to Government approval of the widely criticised Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Colin represents the Wangan and Jagalingou People, who have launched a number of legal challenges to mining giant Adani’s proposed mine, which is intended to be situated in central Queensland. If it goes ahead, the multi-billion dollar mine will result in Native Title being extinguished across 28 square kilometers of the Wangan and Jagalingou People’s traditional country.

The mine has been the subject of a lot of media attention, with environmentalists and other analysts questioning the impact it will have on the region, including on the Great Barrier Reef.

Just Us Lawyers will represent the Wangan and Jagalingou People in the appeal, arguing that they were denied natural justice by Queensland resources minister Anthony Lynham when he made the decision to grant mining leases for what is intended to be the world’s biggest coal mine.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou people, has raised concerns about the failure of both Adani and the State Government to acknowledge the traditional owners’ rights, and is quoted as saying “Every step of the way they have undermined us, opposed us and attempted to coerce us into accepting a pittance for relinquishing our native title.”

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