#Indigenous rights trampled in #australia – Greens call for Inquiry into DIA handling of FMG damage to Yindjibarndi sacred sites


Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

MEDIA RELEASE

Greens call for Inquiry into DIA handling of FMG damage to Yindjibarndi sacred sites

9 November 2011

Greens MLC Robin Chapple today calls for an Inquiry following exposure of serious concerns about the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) process surrounding Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) applications for mining works at sacred sites.

Mr Chapple asked Parliamentary questions of the Indigenous Affairs Minister last night. The Minister indicated he was aware of the serious allegations contained in a letter from a whistle-blower archaeologist. The allegations centre on DIA continuing with an approval process in which FMG caused reports to be altered, provided misleading information and failed to report sacred sites.

The Minister responded that DIA were commencing an investigation.

“There are serious questions to be answered about how DIA have handled this matter. It is simply not good enough that DIA investigate their own practices., said Mr Chapple.

“Coming after the damning report of the Auditor General, which found that DIA has not effectively monitored or enforced compliance under the Aboriginal Heritage Act, this cannot be allowed to go on.

“The Minister must establish an independent Inquiry into this matter, otherwise our heritage protection laws are just a farce, concluded Mr Chapple.

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 9486 8255

Kate Davis

Research Officer

Office of Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

PO Box 94, West Perth WA 6872

Direct line kate.davis |

www.robinchapple.com

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