SAVE OUR NATION'S PRECIOUS CULTURAL HERITAGE FROM CORPORATE VANDALS

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ABC NEWS, 11 JUNE, 2020:

The destruction of ancient Indigenous sites like the Juukan caves, described as home to the "dawning of humanity", to allow a mine expansion is a devastating story — but it's not a new one. Rio Tinto destroyed a 46,000-year-old heritage site earlier this year. There are thought to be many more sites like it that have already been lost.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11 JUNE, 2020:

Mining giant BHP will halt plans to expand parts of its South Flank mine in WA's Pilbara and engage with the Aboriginal owners after it received an approval to destroy 40 heritage sites ... The iron ore miner gained ministerial consent on May 29 to destroy the Aboriginal heritage sites, just five days after rival Rio Tinto caused widespread anger after decimating the Juukan Gorge site at its Brockman 4 mine in WA.  BHP's statement said: "We will not disturb the sites identified without further extensive consultation with the Banjima people." 

NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

The traditional owners of this country have an inalienable right to protect their cultural heritage. But these sites are part of the heritage of ALL HUMANKIND. Would we accept a mining company destroying the famous but less ancient caves at Altamira in Spain if they first consulted local communities? Of course not! It would be considered a crime against humanity. So why do we Australians passively accept this corporate vandalism on a massive scale?  It's time for All Australians to stand with our indigenous sisters and brothers and demand our governments, both Federal and State, safeguard and preserve our precious national heritage. IT IS NOT FOR SALE – AT ANY PRICE!