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 Post subject: The end of Gove's historic injustice to traditional owners
PostPosted: 26.05.2011, 15:39 
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The title seems rather overoptimistic to me, but that's how "The Australian" labeled the recent outcomes of negotiations between the Alcan mine and the traditional landowners in Gove.

What I like about this is that it's aiming for "developping the skills of his people, rather than encourage the "sit-down" mentality that has followed earlier agreements" - although I have to admit that I'm still a bit sceptical about whether it will produce the desired outcome. But read for yourselves:

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The end of Gove's historic injustice to traditional owners
Paul Cleary From: The Australian May 27, 2011 12:00AM

FOUR decades after bauxite mining began on the Gove peninsula, traditional owners have finally secured a benefits package worth more than $700 million over 42 years that is focused on education, jobs and business development.
The money will be paid into a future fund to secure the long-term development of the region, with a strong emphasis on payments designed to end the culture of welfare and poverty.


Yolngu elder Galarrwuy Yunupingu has led negotiations with mining giant Rio Tinto Alcan over the past three years to secure a deal that will develop the skills of his people, rather than encourage the "sit-down" mentality that has followed earlier agreements.

While the details are confidential, the agreement is structured to pay between $15m and $18m a year over the next 42 years, depending on bauxite prices. The funds could be used to support the timber and housing businesses that have been successful on Gove.

Ms Macklin, who is required under federal land-rights law to approve the agreement, said yesterday that although the dispute over mining on the Gove Peninsula had led to "some of the most significant moments in the history of land rights in Australia", until now there had not been a negotiated agreement in relation to the Gove mining operations.

Negotiations began after Rio Tinto bought the Alcan operation in 2007. While the company has a good record in delivering benefits to indigenous people, Mr Yunupingu gained leverage from the looming expiry of the original agreement.

Negotiations involved two of the Yolngu clans. Mr Yunupingu represented the Gumatj clan, while the Rirratjingu clan was represented by an elder, Bakamumu Marika.

Insiders close to the negotiations say Rio adopted "tough but fair" tactics. The agreement is understood to be similar to Rio deals in Australia that have achieved high rates of employment and business development.

Rio is understood to employ about 300 indigenous people at its Gove operation, or about 8 per cent of the workforce.

But at the Argyle diamond mine, more than one in four workers is indigenous, while the Ranger uranium mine has an almost 20 per cent indigenous workforce.


Warren Mundine, chief executive of native title advisory group NTS Corp, said the agreement was "a great outcome" that at last put an end to historic injustice.

Mr Mundine thanked Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin for approving the deal, saying that it would send "a strong message" to the industry and indigenous people as a model for mining agreements.

"It's a long-term socio-economic outcome that we need to see happening," Mr Mundine told The Australian.

The deal ends one of the great ironies and injustices for the Yolngu people at Gove. Proposed mining on Gove led to the famous bark petition of 1963 that opposed mining and was presented to the governor-general William Sidney.

The petition culminated in a parliamentary inquiry that recommended compensation for Aboriginal communities affected by mining, and the first ever court case to argue for the existence of native title.

In 1971 the High Court ruled against the Yolngu, but five years later federal parliament passed land rights legislation covering the Northern Territory.

The Yolngu never gained compensation for mining on their traditional land, largely because the mining company had secured a 42-year lease before the legislation came into effect.

Aborigines living near mines at Jabiru and Groote Eylandt were able to secure royalty deals that ranged from 1 to 2 per cent of the production value.


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 Post subject: Re: The end of Gove's historic injustice to traditional owners
PostPosted: 21.08.2011, 00:43 
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I was in Yirrkala when the Australian PM flew in to sign the agreement.

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PostPosted: 21.08.2011, 14:12 
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Very nice pictures, Harry, thanks for sharing! Must have been a very special experience!


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PostPosted: 22.08.2011, 10:51 
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Great photos Harry. Thanks for sharing these.

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PostPosted: 11.07.2014, 22:01 
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That's interesting, thanks for the share Harry.

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