The Queensland court order banning Wangan and Jagalingou elder Adrian Burragubba and his son Coede from returning to their land at the Adani coal mine site shames Australia, former Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
“Burragubba’s father and grandfather and countless previous generations were born on this country, but now an Indian multi-billionaire has prior access. Gautam Adani bankrupted Burragubba for fighing to save his traditional country, and now the system is setting out to jail him or his family members if they return."
“The colonial jails were full of Aborigines fighting for their lands. This is a return to that punitive colonialism," Brown said.
“This will simply raise the resolve of many more people to take part in peaceful direct action against the Adani mine which, itself, is the criminal, violent process if the laws of Earth’s biosphere or of the Wangan and Jagalingou people were to stand."