The final legal hurdle in the process to secure the $16.5billion Adani Carmichael mine has today been advanced with the passing through the Senate of the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Government’s amendments to the Native Title legislation were in response to the McGlade decision handed down by the Federal Court in Western Australia earlier this year.
The McGlade decision, which overturned the 2010 Bygrave decision, rendered invalid Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) that had been settled during the time between the two decisions, from 2010-2017.
Senator Macdonald said he was pleased the Federal Government acted immediately to rectify the issue, introducing amendments to the legislation two weeks after the McGlade decision to secure rights and return certainty to the Native Title process.
“Those ILUAs had created jobs and development, and the Federal Court’s ruling in February this year put all of that in jeopardy, including Indigenous approval of the Adani project.
“The successful passage of this legislation signals the final remaining hurdle for what will be one of the biggest job-creating projects in Queensland’s recent history,” Senator Macdonald said.
The local indigenous groups in the Galilee Basin who are signatories to the ILUA with Adani will once again reap the benefits of this agreement.”
“Regional Queenslanders too can now breathe a sigh of relief now that all roadblocks to this multi-billion dollar projects have been cleared.”
“At a time when regional Queensland is crying out for jobs and investment, the Adani mine offers hope and the promise of a better future for thousands of families across the State, whose patience has been sorely tested while the Queensland Labor Party played out a power struggle over royalties.
“Let’s hope now that the project can proceed without any further political or other interference.”