Miners get stacked deck claim Yindjibarndi
Download Press release 15 August 2011
On 12 August the Full Federal Court handed down its decision rejecting a challenge by the Yindjibarndi People against the grant of three mining leases to Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) for its Solomon Hub project.
“We are disappointed with the decision but it comes as no surprise.This confirms what we have known all along, that the Native Title Act is a bad piece of legislation that consistently works against the interests of the first Australians.What is worse is that the system gives us no chance against the teams of company lawyers, land access managers and FMG’s unlimited war chest. The deck has been stacked against us,” Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation CEO, Michael Woodley, said.
YAC advises that it is seeking advice about appealing this decision by the Federal Court to the High Court of Australia.