Stop closing remote Indigenous communities
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Water is being turned off to three communities near Port Headland today. Is this in any way different to driving people off their land at gunpoint? You can not convince me in any way this is NOT in the realm of giving indigenous communities small pox laden blankets or poisoned flour.
This has NOTHING to do with cost-cutting and EVERYTHING to do with opening tracks of land to mining companies (James Price Point for example).
The Native Title Act requires a continuous connection with the land for a claim to be successful. The Chevron development at James Price Point has been successfully held up for 3 years due to traditional owners lodging claim/s for native title recognition. The UN however has no jurisdiction. This is PM Abbott, through the states, trying to roll back the Mabo and Wik decisions. I can only hope the High Court is riled into the fury so many land right activists will be feeling.
Juxtapose these policy decisions also against the $15m cuts over 3 years to community justice centres - like the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal centre. This means the PM will be able to circumvent the Mabo and Wik decisions without directly calling into conflict the executive and the judiciary. No money for relevant lawyers means no legal action to question the policies.
This is happening NOW people, not in 1950, NOW. It's beyond shameful, it's ABHORRENT. It must stop.
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