The Wangan & Jagalingou Family Council says Adani has achieved a new low, setting a brutal standard of corporate behaviour.
For the first time in Australia’s history, a company has bankrupted an Aboriginal leader for standing up for the inalienable rights of First Nations people to their law, country and culture.
This morally bankrupt attack on W&J cultural leader, Adrian Burragubba, lays bare the abuse of power and the greed of this rich corporate bully.
No still means No
The W&J Council says it will not be deterred by this latest move in Adani’s ‘attack dog’ strategy, or retreat from support for their leaders and people. When it comes to the opening up of the Galilee Basin for coal mining: No still means No.
Wangan & Jagalingou Council spokesperson, Adrian Burragubba said: “I am not going anywhere. I will speak out against the deals with Adani, just as I speak out against the governments that have allowed all this to happen.
“I opposed Adani because we will not be on our hands and knees begging for handouts from mining companies, while they destroy our land and culture.
“I have nothing for Adani to take”
“This bankruptcy means nothing to me. I have nothing for Adani to take. My family were removed from the land by governments and everything that was rightfully ours was taken from us. As a result, I come from a poor background, the same as other W&J families.
“I had nothing in the first place other than my birthright: my law and people, my culture and connection to country. That will always abide with me and I will always defend it and my people’s claim to our land rights and our self-determination.
“For one of the wealthiest corporations in India to come to Australia and bankrupt an Aboriginal person for standing up for his rights is egregious in the extreme, and a failure of the justice system in this country.
“Adani will be held to account for his claim that our people will be lifted out of poverty. And they will be held to account for their reprehensible behaviour.
“Those 294 people in his pocket were promised they would be raised up to the same standards of middle class Australia. Is Adani Mining some saviour that’s going to overcome the failures of the last 231 years? Those people believed the lies. I’m holding them to account”, said Burragubba.