Adrian Burragubba is fighting to overturn the Native Title Tribunal's approval of the Carmichael mine.
Adrian Burragubba is fighting to overturn the Native Title Tribunal's approval of the Carmichael mine. Contributed

Adani back in court over Carmichael mine

ADANI has defended its decision not to give a tribunal all of its expert reports during the Indian energy giant's legal battle to secure mining leases for its central Queensland mega-mine.

The Native Title Tribunal in April 2015 approved the $16 billion Carmichael mine, paving the way for the State Government to grant Adani a mining lease for its Galilee Basin project.

But Adrian Burragubba from the basin's Wangan and Jagalingou people is fighting in Brisbane Federal Court to have the tribunal's decision overturned.

Late last year, his lawyers told Justice John Reeves that Adani's failure to provide a report with certain information about the mine's economic impact amounted to "conduct analogous to fraud".

The report stated the mine would provide far fewer jobs than the figure estimated.

But when the hearing resumed on Monday, Adani argued against the accusations and said it was not required to offer all of its expert testimony.

Mr Burragubba said in a statement that "the significance of the totemic beings, rituals, ceremonies and ancestor dreaming associated with the Carmichael mine area is essential to our identity and to our claim for our rights in land".

"We did not consent, we have not consented, we will not consent to Adani's Carmichael coal mine on our ancestral lands," he said.

Mr Burragubba was one of three indigenous elders to represent the Wangan and Jagalingou people at the Native Title Tribunal.

The group's other two representatives, Patrick Malone and Irene White, said they would work with Adani in the community's interest.

The hearing continues on Tuesday.

- APN NEWSDESK


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