Indigenous groups allege title rort
Indigenous groups are fighting to stop Adani from extinguishing their native title over part of the proposed Carmichael mine site.
Representatives of Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners say a deal to hand over their country for the construction of the coal mine in central Queensland was a sham.
The groups want to extend an injunction they won last year to prevent the company conducting works on three areas of the proposed mine site, which are on Wangun and Jagalingou land.
Their lawyer has returned to Federal Court this week to argue that some of the work can continue, but not that which would extinguish their native title.
Adani wants to use the land to build facilities that are crucial to the mining operation, including workers' accommodation, an airport, waste facilities and other infrastructure.
The court action is related to a legal dispute over the Indigenous Land Use Agreement that Adani has registered with the Native Title Tribunal, which some Aboriginal groups say was struck with people who are not the traditional owners.
They allege that Adani bussed in people from various Indigenous communities to support their position, giving them meals and accommodation and financial rewards.
The Wangun and Jagalingou Family Council (WJFC) objects to Adani building parts of its mine on their traditional land, but alleges that the company “rented” others to make it seem like locals had given their support.
The allegations will soon be tested in court.