Carmichael coal mine native title case ‘shambolic’: judge

A FEDERAL court judge has described an appeal against the proposed Carmichael coal mine as being "shambolic".

Justice John Reeves said the legal team for central Queensland indigenous representative Adrian Burragubba were altering their submissions to the case under questioning.

Mr Burragubba, representing the Wangan and Jagalingou people, is challenging a Native Title Tribunal decision to allow the mine despite the traditional owner's objections.

His legal team presented altered submissions following the lunch break on Monday - but began changing them as soon as Justice Reeves, as well government and Adani lawyers questioned them.

"(This was) a shambolic almost process we were engaging before lunch with you chopping and changing every question," he said.

"Now you're doing it again."

Barrister David Yarrow, representing Mr Burragubba, also said they were no longer accusing Adani of committing fraud, by claiming the mine would creating more jobs than one expert believes, but rather "conduct analogous to fraud".

Mr Yarrow also said the tribunal had ignored evidence that the Carmichael coal mine would destroy sites sacred to central Queensland indigenous people, a court has heard.

Queensland government barrister Gim Del Villar said the changes to Mr Burragubba's case had been made very late in the process and disadvantaged the other parties in responding to them.

Mr Del Villar said the Federal Attorney-General would be notified of some of Mr Burragubba's claims about who makes up a native title claim had the potential to impact other native title cases.

The case was adjourned for a directions hearing on December 10 and is then expected to continue in February 2016.

- APN NEWSDESK


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