Indigenous people complain of ‘pressure’ in 60-40 support of gas hub, but the fight goes on.
Traditional owners in Western Australia’s Kimberley region say they were forced to sign off on a multi-billion dollar gas hub, set to be built north of Broome. The Jabirr-Jabirr Goolarabooloo people last week voted in favour of the hub being located at James Point Price. There were 164 votes in favour, 108 against and five people abstained. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/09/3211612.htm Meanwhile Save The Kimberley co-chair and Indigenous opponent Neil McKenzie said the vote was split roughly 60-40, and he vowed yesterday to fight on against the project through the Supreme Court, declaring the decision an ”embarrassment for all Australians”. SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/business/indigenous-deal-boosts-woodsides-lng-plans-20110506-1ec5g.html And Save The Kimberley Director Kevin Blatchford says the Aboriginal people were put in an impossible position. “It’s no surprise and the whole process is basically flawed because of the threat of compulsory acquisition against indigenous people,” he said. “They were damned if they did and damned if they didn’t. Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/06/3209682.htm?section=justinIn exchange, traditional owners will receive a benefits package worth $1.5 billion. “A spokesman for the traditional owners Wayne Barker says the State Government threat to compulsorily acquire the land put pressure on them. “Compulsory acquisition has been a parallel process through all of this,” he said. “The State Government has indicated to us that if we had not agreed, compulsory acquisition would have stepped up.” Mr Barker says the Premier Colin Barnett forced their hand. “He calls it self-determination, we call it standing on our own feet with a gun to our head,” he said.” SOURCE: Abc News