Channel Country Aborigines take fracking fight to UN

Scott Gorringe with his son Todd in the land over which Mithaka has a Native Title claim
Scott Gorringe with his son Todd in the land over which Mithaka has a Native Title claim The Wilderness Society

Queensland Channel Country Aborigines say they are so frustrated with a lack of communication with Mines Minister Andrew Cripps they are taking their concerns over oil and coal seam gas fracking to the United Nations.

They have prepared a detailed submission of their concerns to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People.

That submission will be made on Thursday.

It is the second time in two years an arm of the United Nations has been asked to investigate the impact of Queensland Government policies, after UNESCO began investigations into the Great Barrier Reef in 2013.

Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples asks that "states" consult with indigenous people, to obtain their "free, prior and informed consent" before taking action which could affect them.

Read more at Brisbane Times



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