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Woodside accused of trespass as gas hub workers attempt to bypass protestors

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Rachel Siewert 27 Jul 2011

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has called on Woodside to better educate its workforce about respect for Aboriginal land after it emerged that contractors are driving across Aboriginal land in a bid to get around James Price Point protestors.

“Woodside contractors are driving across land held by the neighbouring Yawuru people in a bid to bypass protesters opposed to the building of the gas hub,” Senator Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for the Kimberley and Aboriginal Issues said today. 

“How would they like it if people drove over their properties without permission? It appears that respect for Aboriginal culture and native title claims is extremely low among the contractors working on this project,” Senator Siewert said.

Earlier this month, peaceful protestors, including elderly indigenous women and local business owners, were forcibly removed from the site to allow the clearing work to continue.

Locals have applied for a Section 9 emergency application with the Environment Minister because large tracts of land are being cleared before the final determination of the gas hub proposed for James Price Point has been made.

“Unfortunately this lack of respect goes all the way to the top and reflects the disregard shown by the WA State Government to the land and traditional landowners,” Senator Siewert added.

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