Arnhem Land Traditional Owners bring message to Canberra
The Australian Greens have hosted Traditional Owners from Arnhem Land in Parliament House today, to discuss their opposition to oil & gas exploration and the need for sea rights.
"Arnhem Land Traditional Owners and members of the Marangrida community brought a message stick to Parliament House today, which depicts the unique culture and history that will be affected by oil and gas exploration and production" Senator Siewert said today.
"Arnhem Land is under threat from oil and gas exploration and production, both onshore and offshore, which will impact pristine and culturally significant country. The Traditional Owners are rightly concerned by the lack of consultation with them.
"Despite the deep cultural significance of Arnhem Land, a full heritage assessment has not yet been carried. A full assessment process, including proper consultation, must be a priority.
"The Traditional Owners visiting Parliament today have called for their sea rights to be acknowledged and respected, highlighting cultural links to the land and water.
"People in Marangrida and across Arnhem Land haven't had a fair go when it comes to their dealings with government at a state and federal level.
"I encourage the NT and Federal Government to take the time to speak to communities across Arnhem Land and protect this unique part of Australia from permanent damage," Senator Siewert concluded.