Nearly 70 per cent of Cape York covered by nature reserves or national parks; little left for Aboriginal economic benefit
First published in April 2016
Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula are being duped and dudded by the State Government over large land ‘hand overs’ that the local communities believe will prevent them from earning income.
On April 7, another 54,000 hectares north of Cooktown was handed over to several tribal groups from Hopevale, adding even more locked-up land to the vast national park estate on Cape York.
Since the CYPLUS (Cape York Peninsula Land Use Study) research of the 80’s and early 90’s once productive grazing land has steadily been resumed by State Governments, mainly the ALP, to be gazetted as national park or some type of nature reserve.
Nature reserves, national parks, regional parks, timber reserves, environmental reserves and DOGIT land shaded areas cover at least 70 per cent of the Peninsula leaving small areas for grazing or commercial purposes that are not of any economic benefit to Aboriginal groups
Various Aboriginal corporations gratefully sign up to vast areas of former cattle stations, such as the Olkola people when last year they were handed five, once viable large cattle properties in central Cape York Peninsula totalling 1.5 million acres that used to run 30,000 cattle.
The Prescribed Body Corporation gleefully accepted the gift from the State Government, but seemingly did not properly read the paperwork. The PBC just helped the National Parks and Wildlife Service add another one million acres to their vast estate, on which no cattle grazing is allowed.
The remaining portion of Aboriginal Freehold can be used for grazing or selective timber cutting, but under the ALP environmental laws would have to be excluded from the nature reserves and park area by fencing it off.
The fencing would cost several million dollars and require maintenance on a weekly basis to be effective.
Indigenous leader Noel Pearson angrily said, “…again Aborigines have been duped by the Labor/Green bureaucracy.”
Noel Pearson sick and tired of being ‘dudded’ by the Labor/Green bureaucracy
Pearson heaped vitriol on the Labor and former LNP governments at a large meeting of stakeholders in Mareeba recently for dudding the communities of Cape York over land use.
“We have no property rights on Cape York and we need upgraded tenure. There are lots of fronts where all landowners are vulnerable,” he said.
Public servants who once worked for environmental lobby groups were targeted by Pearson for pushing extreme green agendas within government.
“These greens have infiltrated indigenous groups and government departments and it’s like a tag team, they are all the same, and have networked with all departments,” Mr Pearson said.
“Public servants should declare their association with environmental groups.
“The proposition there is going to be land clearing the size of Victoria, is fantasy.
“There are only pockets of land suitable for development.
“White people too have had many generations on this land and they have a great love for their land. It’s high time the law in Queensland started to respect that relationship.
“We spent five hard years and lots of money fighting Wild Rivers in court but we could have been doing other more productive things.
“We need another 10 independents in parliament to put us in a better position, given the absence of an Upper House.”
While the Labor Premier and Health officials threaten the Far North over low vaccination rates homeless people too refuse the deadly jab
by Jim O’Toole in Cairns
Cairns health officials set up a makeshift Covid jab facility in a large city park frequented by homeless Aborigines and others to no avail as the disadvantaged people have woken up to the evil intent of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to have them inoculated with an experimental and proven, dangerous mRNA toxin containing foetal matter that will eventually kill.
The families of many tens of thousands of vaxx victims across the world and in Australia can attest to the deaths and injuries and the blinding fact the vaccine doesn’t prevent any coronavirus.
Even with the enticement of $25 a shot or free ice-creams not one of the poor people of Cairns and regions turned up to to get a jab.
The dopey and patronising Labor Party has not yet woken up that the bauble days of beads and King plates are long over.
Savvy Murris with IPhones have done their own research rather than listen to the lies of the politicians and health departments. Their research about the spiraling death and injury rate of vaxx victims has spread far and wide in Aboriginal communities.
Today a North Queensland Cowboys footballer is heading for the Aboriginal community of Palm Island near Townsville trying to coerce his indigenous relatives to get the jab.
Whatever his motives may be he will be wasting his time and further wrecking any notion of trust between government and Aborigines. Goodbye Reconciliation and good riddance!
The majority will never get the jab from these government liars and manipulators who have forever destroyed any hope of unity between black and white and let the unintelligent Premier at her peril take away their sit down money or any other of a multitude of taxpayer-funded benefits for refusing the jab.
The medical mafia and their dodgy data are wasted on our indigenous brothers.
Queensland Health Department is wasting its time trying to coerce Aborigines into getting the jab. Research by savvy Murris has revealed the ALP/LNP/Greens push for depopulation
Has anyone seen a six metre mono-hull vessel belonging to QF25 Coast Guard Cape York?
Several weeks ago it was loaded onto Sea Swift’s MV Trinity Bay passenger/cargo ship at Seisia at the top of Cape York Peninsula bound for Cairns to undergo maintenance.
When the Trinity Bay berthed at Cairns wharf the Coast Guard boat was nowhere to be seen.
It fell off somewhere during the 1000 klm journey heading south along the eastern coast line of Far North Queensland.
Australian Border Force has confirmed it was not one of their vessels.
Sea Swift freight company was purchased by the Queensland Investment Corporation two years ago.
Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk QIC and former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad are listed as shareholders.
Industry sources said QIC paid an unconfirmed $300 million for the Cairns-based freight company which services much of Northern Australia including the Torres Strait and Gulf of Carpentaria.
The Queensland Labor Party should feel right at home with the disappearance of this $280,000 vessel, no doubt resting on the bottom of the Coral Sea.
The ALP has been lost at sea for a generation.
Katter’s Australian Party leader, Robbie Katter, is concerned the Department of Environment and Science’s land buy-up in Northern Queensland is leading to an inevitable locking up of the Cape and pushing out generational graziers.
The Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science has emerged as the buyer of Bramwell Station, a cattle station and eco-tourism facility on Cape York.
Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter said, “We don’t have the cash to be spending money on pointless environmental exercises, that will arguably deliver poorer outcomes than if the land were to remain in private hands.
“Why is the Government using taxpayer money to buy up cattle stations when there are far more pressing issues that require this money.
“Our Regional Road Network is in ruin and people can’t even get dialysis without driving less than four-five hours.
“Regardless these stations have a purpose, one that supports local economies and a large number of in-direct jobs in transport and processing, the land should be kept in the hands of Graziers to preserve a key industry that supports Queensland families and rural communities.”
DES bought the 131,900 hectare (325,932 acre) soon after it was passed in for $11.3 million on an online auction. The actual sale price has not been disclosed but is understood to be about $11.5m.
Positioned as the last stop before the tip of Cape York at the start of the famous Old Telegraph Line four-wheel-drive track, Bramwell was run by Wendy Kozicka and Vince Bowyer, who have owned the property for the past 20 years.
Kennedy MP, Bob Katter, said, “The State Government policy was to lock up Cape York and turn it into a big zoo, treating us North Queenslanders like monkeys.
“Anyone who thought it was a good idea was badly deceived.
“How will locking it up and turning it into ‘wilderness’ be good for you? Will you get a job out of it? Will you make money out of it? Will you be able to run cattle?” Mr Katter said.
“They are destroying the region’s economic base and making the people who live up there be performing monkeys for southern tourists. It will be our role to wait on tables and clean toilets.”
Robbie Katter, said, “When properties and other cattle stations of similar nature are privately the owned, they pay taxes, rates and create revenue for the Government on top of local employment in regional communities.
“Turning it into a conservationist oasis removes any real productivity and greatly reduces employment opportunities.
“Graziers abide by strict guidelines that require them to maintain a well performing operation, including maintaining natural flora and fauna and grass.
“The Government is sacrificing our right to prosperity and our opportunities to prosper so they can feel warm and cosy about the environment.
“I would like to hear from the Minister, hand on heart, say that all the land that has been acquired by the Government, over the last two decades, is in better shape than it was prior to its purchase.”
Editor: The ownership of Bramwell including its leased roadhouse will be handed over to local indigenous groups. We are taking bets now, about how long the 15 year old established business will last in the hands of either the Cape York Land Council, Balkanu or local Prescribed Body Corporations owned and managed by indigenous people.
We don’t blame the owners for selling at auction to the highest bidder, but the Labor Party governing corporation in Brisbane was the only bidder.
by Robert J Lee
Quarries across Australia are stripping our non-renewable resources and our national heritage enabling our emerging enemy to make more steel and aluminium for its armaments which will eventually be used on us.
It’s somewhat ironical that Australians when ultimately forced into protecting our shores and the few resources we have left, will be killed by tanks, ships, munitions and explosives made from Australian iron ore and bauxite.
The political party duopoly has been beholden to China for decades and the basket case of Victoria is an outstanding example of Chinese influence over state governments and individual politicians from all parties. Bribes are a way of life.
Bribes paid to politicians and their parties are considered as an operating expense for the Communist Chinese government and is a normal business practice as we have seen in Victoria with Premier Dan Andrews’ Belt and Road project.
It begs the question as to the whereabouts of Premier ’Dangerous’ Dan Andrews, a communist sycophant who it is believed was bashed senseless and is supposedly in a Melbourne hospital.
Cairnsnews was told by a Victorian reporter it was strongly suspected Chinese interests gave him a touch up for not delivering on their invasive project designed to turn the state into a CCP satellite.
Recently, a nest of Chinese military operatives was flushed off Yam Island in the Torres Strait before they could get well established.
Cairnsnews has been told the brother of a Labor member of State Parliament was involved in the deal with the Chinese.
They had bribed an island inhabitant with a new boat, a car and other incentives in exchange for a house which they turned into a grocery shop and a base for 9 Oceans Fisheries, a shelf company owned by Chinese Nationals. The local council was unaware of the planned outpost.
None of the four Chinese men of military appearance and behavior, all being aged under 35 seemed to have any fishing experience and as none could speak English or the local language, had little chance of buying crayfish from local fishermen.
After federal MP Bob Katter in Parliament, exposed the plan to establish a CCP spy post right under the noses of authorities, the operatives were gone by the next day.
Treacherous Australian politicians and their political parties sold the country out long ago and one worrying deal involved former Prime Minister Bob Hawke in 2012.
As Prime MInister and in retirement Hawke became another Chinese asset with close ties to Australian governments. He brokered a deal between the West Australian government and the Chinese government to buy Stage 2 of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme.
“In 2012 the Chinese Shanghai Zhongfu group wanted to grow its own irrigated sugar cane in the $311m second-stage expansion of the Ord irrigation project.
To top off this farmer coup-de-grace, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke is acting as gigolo for a Chinese conglomerate offering to buy 15,000 hectares of prime farming country east of Kunnunurra in Western Australia.” (Cairnsnews April 2012)
The WA government accepted the Chinese deal in deference to 13 Australian companies and individual farmers who tendered for the project. Hawke’s commission on the Ord River sale was a reported $11 million.
It was widely suggested at the time WA politicians did extremely well. It seems since 2012 not much has changed while the LNP Federal Government falls over itself to sell China more of Australia and more of our non-renewable mineral resources.
The Queensland Labor Party allowed Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore to take over a former Chinese-owned mining lease several years ago and the miner has just done a deal with Mitsibushi Development to extract 357 million tonnes of bauxite from its Aurukun, Cape York site for sale on the international market.
The headlines resonated with 650 jobs in the offing as the $500m deal was done.
Why is Australia not developing our own non-renewable iron ore and bauxite deposits to make alumina and manufacture motor vehicles, aircraft, building materials and many other goods?
Rio Tinto has been mining bauxite at Weipa for 50 years but has not got the show to itself anymore. A new neighbour at Mapoon is Brisbane company Metro Mining which is about to restart its operation after the wet season.
Metro is a fly-in-fly out operation that provides a limited number of jobs for local indigenous workers and has most of its supplies shipped in by barge from the south. Like the Metro operation Glencore will provide little return for an economically ailing Cape York.
Federal and State Governments should be legislating for all miners on Cape York to contribute towards an entire new value-adding refining and smelting installation to be built near Weipa producing alumina ingots.
Instead of sending ingots to China from its Boyne Island smelter, which is under threat of closure, Rio should be restricting output and selling their entire production onshore to Australian industry for manufacturing vehicles, boats, aircraft and every other item that Australians pay through the nose from overseas factories.
Unfortunately senior politicians and their parties have become so compromised, as we have seen recent evidence of in federal and state parliaments, that the Deep State has prevented any sovereign manufacturing industry from starting again.
Australia the quarry, was confirmed by the compromised, alleged pedophile, PM Paul Keating when he said in 1994, “Australia is to become a service country only, and I can’t understand why anyone would want to live more than 100 klms inland from our shores….”
For Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk the penny just dropped – Labor is on the nose, in fact it is putrid in the north and most other parts of the state except the spoilt south east corner.
For the past three days the entire State Cabinet descended on a languishing Cairns where the ALP has three state MP’s and another at nearby Mareeba.
The Labor Party has realised that strong opposition from Katters Australian Party and LNP candidates in the four, key Labor held seats could see all four sitting members exit parliament after the October 31 election and the Premier lose government.
Like a drowning man clutching at straws the Premier is lashing out with obscure, expensive projects trying to ooze into the duopoly’s pork barrel.
But the genie is already out of the barrel with the Bradfield Inland Irrigation Scheme, incidentally, which federal MP Bob Katter has been talking up for three decades.
Katter’s Australian Party Leader Robbie Katter warned North Queenslanders to be wary of lip service from both Labor and the LNP as the Brisbane-based parties attempt to out-bid one another as the number one supporters of the game-changing Revised Bradfield Scheme.
Mr Katter has thrown cold water on an announcement today by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that economist Professor Ross Garnaut will head the State Government’s review of proposals for the long-awaited, drought-busting scheme first proposed in the 1930s.
The discredited, token, ALP mouthpiece Professor Ross Garnaut should stick to economics for which he could have been trained.
Most people will remember Garnaut’s dire predictions resulting from his inquiry into so-called global warming.
According to Garnaut’s wild predictions ten years ago, those living along the eastern coastline would now be snorkelling to their front doors under three metres of ocean.
Compounding her ridiculous policy thought bubbles, the Premier said she would spend millions of dollars planting trees on Cape York Peninsula. This stupid idea has enraged Cape York pastoralists who said they had spent a lifetime trying to get rid of excessive trees and thickening undergrowth to grow grass for stock.
One said there are “far many more trees on the Peninsula now than in 1770 when Captain Cook sailed past.”
Palaszczuk is a dead duck and she knows her time is up. She has two local dud MP’s, Cynthia Lui and Craig Crawford who have been unable to stem the outward flow of Labor support.
Cairnsnews can reveal neither has the support of their local branch members and both have found it extremely hard to find polling booth workers or to get any assistance with their campaigns.
Labor sources claim unions have been asked to help but there has been no local assistance forthcoming.
The source said polling booth volunteers from unions would probably come from southern Queensland, provided Covid rules allow it.
Crawford as Fire and Emergency Services Minister has managed to disenfranchise and lose more than 11,000 volunteers from the Rural Fire Service over mandatory blue cards and unrealistic, dangerous, bureaucratic changes to fire ground operations.
RFS members say morale has never been worse or have they ever lost so many volunteers because of political stupidity.
Lui has been missing in action from her electorate of Cook since she was first elected in 2017.
Cook stretches north from Mareeba to the PNG border. Earlier this year she made her frequent absence from the electorate permanent by moving her Mareeba office and staff to Cairns where she lives.
by staff writers
Martial law has begun in Queensland under the pretext of keeping a moderately dangerous flu virus out of Aboriginal communities. The huge land mass of Cape York Peninsula has been closed off to visitors.
Police roadblocks are in place at Mt Carbine at the southern entrance to Cape York, another west of Chillagoe to keep vehicles from heading to Kowanyama aboriginal community at the bottom of Cape York and another at Lakeland to keep vehicles from entering Cooktown and Hopevale Aboriginal community.
Airline Skytrans, which is owned by football legend Jonathon Thurston and NSW-based Rex Airlines which service Cape York and Torres Strait have all but closed down.
No aircraft are flying into the Northern Peninsula Area and with the road access closed by floodwater at the Wenlock River the NPA communities are effectively closed to the world. Goods are being shipped in by state government-owned Sea Swift barges from Cairns.
The economic loss to all businesses and Aboriginal communities on Cape York from the absence of tourists right at the start of the tourist season will be astronomical. At its Weipa mine Rio Tinto last week shut down production and stood down employees for an indefinite period due to a lack of ships to transport quarry material, eg. bauxite, to China and other countries.
Few domestic planes are flying into Cairns and international flights have ceased. Cairns has lost 100 per cent of its tourist industry and the economic loss will oversee mass bankruptcies across the region. No amount of government subsidies and handouts will enable the majority of these small businesses to survive.
In 12 months time a recovered China will step into Cairns and en masse swoop on every stricken or shut down business and end up owning the lot. Not a wimper will be heard from the China sycophants of the ALP/LNP duopoly.
What are dumbed-down Australians going to do about it? Vote for tweedle dee instead of tweedle dumb?
There may be no state or federal elections for several years.
This is what happens after a generation of treacherous party politicians has sold out Australian manufacturing and real estate to China and Asia.
Will these politicians be caught up in Trump’s snare?
This was first published by cairnsnews 25th September 2015. We were inundated with inquiries about the real ancestry of Australian Aborigines so we have republished it here today
Source: The Catalyst, Volume 1, Issue 2. September 1999, pp. 10-12.
Copyright: CairnsNews.org© First published in Cairns News in 2015
by Robert J Lee, investigative journalist
Aboriginal land claims, native title and land rights are based on a false anthropological premise and are totally fraudulent according to astounding new Australian archaeological discoveries and recent linguistic studies.
The delusion of 40,000 years of dreamtime mantra is the product of untruthful anthropologists.
According to Alfred Cort Haddon, a turn of the century figure revered today as the ‘founding father’ of British anthropology, the aborigines were clearly “pre-Dravidian” people from South India.
In Haddon’s 1909 book, The Races of Man, he asserts that Australia was originally inhabited by Papuans, or Negritoes, who wandered on the extreme south of the continent.
Later, a pre-Dravidian race migrated to Australia and overran the continent, absorbing the sparse aboriginal population.
Thus, said Haddon, the original aborigines were either “driven off, exterminated or even partially assimilated.”
Modern anthropologists have a real problem, should they try to dismiss Haddon’s findings. If they dismiss this work of the oligarchy’s icon of the time, they are also discrediting the man who led the famous 1898 Cambridge Anthropological expedition to the Torres Strait, upon whose findings the High Court heavily relied in the Eddie Mabo case.
Mabo was from Murray Island upon which Haddon and his researchers had concentrated their study.
In the remarkable work, Cape York – The Savage Frontier, Queensland author Rodney Liddell asserts, from studying the Jardine diaries, the original Negritoes were hunted down and wiped out by invading aborigines from India.
The tip of Cape York was one of the major landings used by the invaders who arrived in either canoes or on rafts.
Archaeologists in 1973 decided to look for campsites and other evidence on the Cape, finding fire places and middens. Although unreliable, carbon dating of shells and other organic matter was used.
To the horror of the investigating academics, the best they could come up with was between 600 and 1,100 years of occupation by the aborigines.
These aborigines from India were an extremely violent, savage and cannibalistic race who mercilessly hunted down the smaller Negritoes.
It would be impossible to accurately calculate the number of Negritoes massacred by the aborigines, but based on the evidence it would be fair to say at least 150,000 were wiped out over a long period.
In modern terms this would be classed as genocide.
Lights out in NPARC communities last night. No cash to splash thanks to inadequate Telstra phone cabling
Paradise takes on an ugly face
from our northern correspondent
A broken communications trunk cable near Coen in central Cape York Peninsula has caused chaos in northern communities preventing any eftpos transactions or telephone communication since Sunday morning.
Locals who contacted a Cairns communications company by satellite phone on Monday were warned residents could be facing a telephone and data blackout until Wednesday, however service was restored late on Monday night.
It is understood road earthworks machinery severed Telstra’s fibre optic cable north of Coen.
The outage has demonstrated how dependent isolated Cape York communities and stations are on landline communications and how vulnerable Cape York would be in a major emergency.
Businesses have been severely impacted in the middle of an extremely busy tourist season leaving some visitors stranded unable to use eftpos cards or withdraw cash to pay for fuel, accommodation or provisions.
A single, fragile, fibre optic cable connecting the Far North to southern networks laid by Telstra more than seven years ago is all that keeps townships such as Weipa and all aboriginal communities functioning.
Expecting a longer outage, Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, based in Bamaga, took the extraordinary step of allowing $200 credit for each of its employees at a local supermarket because there were no operating teller machines to withdraw cash.
NPARC communities have a pre-paid electricity card system operated by Ergon Energy which has to be topped up by debit or credit cards for a home to access Ergon’s local grid.
Homes went without electricity as residents usually cannot afford to outlay more than $50 for power at one time which generally lasts less than a week.
One local beach-front tourist resort has lost tens of thousands of dollars since its eftpos data line broke down more than a month ago in an unrelated failure.
Telstra refuses to take any responsibility according to the proprietor who does not wish to be named in fear of being further ostracised by the telco.
“Telstra is sacking thousands of its experienced employees so what will happen when the lines go out in future?” another worried businessman asked.
Telstra CEO Andrew Penn has dodged a bullet because he cannot be contacted by telephone for comment.
The ‘bush telegraph’ has been lamenting the loss of high frequency two-way radio sets allocated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service decades ago which kept the Peninsula in touch with the outside world especially in times of emergency.
These invaluable radios were recalled by the RFDS 10 years ago and replaced by mobile and landline telephones.
So much for the new communications era.
After four years of blissful ignorance the Queensland Liberal Party spokesman for the Environment David Crisafulli has finally woken up to the crocodile menace in North Queensland.
He obviously has been listening to Katters Australian Party Member for Hill Shane Knuth who has championed human rights over animal rights by wanting to eradicate dangerous saurians across the north.
God help us, crocodiles could also provide economic benefits for indigenous people of the forgotten north.
Crisafulli told the ABC in Cairns today he now believes something should be done about the explosion of crocodiles in the north.
Perhaps the Townsville floods which saw dozens of large salties roaming along roads, under houses and in backyards terrifying flood victims and their rescuers gave him and the hopeless Liberals a pang of conscience.
He says there should be no safari hunting or “nonsense like that” which might give “a few people a nice warm and fuzzy feeling.”
Tell that to the several thousand people who live in communities on Cape York Mr Crisafulli who are threatened by monster crocs on a daily basis.
These languishing people would be most grateful for an industry of any kind.
Mr Crisafulli has no idea that traditional hunting rights allow indigenous people to take crocodiles for meat and skins and there is not a thing his urbane political party can do about it.
If community members conducted guided hunting of large crocs a new and viable tourist industry would emerge from the economic doldrums of Cape York.
Unfortunately the Liberal Party, like Labor has its head stuck up its South East rear end and can’t see the forest for the trees, of which there are many millions on Cape York.
Is it any wonder the Queensland Liberal Party will never again rule the state in its own right.
Green preferences are driving the Labor Government’s proposed draconian environmental policies as a trade-off for the Adani coal mine approval.
A source close to the ALP is warning Wild Rivers “on steroids” rebadged as ‘Pristine Rivers’ will be put back on the table along with revamped, tough vegetation management laws should the ALP win the upcoming election.
The source said revisiting Wild Rivers and vegetation management laws are on the agenda for the upcoming State ALP conference to be held in Townsville at the Convention Centre on July 28 and 29.
A World Heritage listing over the Laura sandstone escarpment country, mooted by the State Government, also looms large for the people of the Peninsula.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is moving to pacify the Greens’ hostility over approvals to allow Australia’s largest coal mine in Central Queensland to go ahead.
Trad and her colleague, Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Stephen Miles, have not yet taken into consideration the strident opposition of Cape York Peninsula communities, the Cape York Land Council and pastoralists alike, some of whom claim they will campaign against the party at the State election expected on November 4 this year.
Pastoralists and some communities believe a World Heritage nomination by the State Government will be the precursor for listing the entire Peninsula, in effect the beginning of the end for the economic prosperity of Aboriginal communities sitting on vast tracts of grazing property.
In a recent radio interview, Chairman of the CYLC, Richie AhMat castigated the proposed new versions of Wild Rivers and vegetation laws as well as the existing environmental overlays on most Aboriginal freehold and Deed of Grant in Trust land(DOGIT) covering nearly one half of the land area of the Peninsula.
Referring to the Wild Rivers legislation, Mr AhMat asked how the government expected Aboriginal people to start up businesses and to be economically viable “when these land restrictions appear out of nowhere?”
“You can’t talk about economic development on one hand and you can’t talk about indigenous employment on the other, and you can’t talk about Northern Australia on both hands.”
In reply to a question about the as yet undisclosed ‘Pristine Rivers’ policy Mr AhMat alluded to funding that had been allocated in the past two state budgets purportedly for consultation with traditional owners.
He said he was worried about all the rivers in Cape York which could be affected by a lock up policy.
“All of our rivers in Cape York are fresh water rivers, water is a huge commodity now and nobody in their wildest dreams 10 years or fifteen years ago expected them to buy a bottle of fresh water,” Mr Ah Mat said.
“To buy a bottle of fresh water is more than a litre of fuel.
“Why does the government want to lock up Cape York, because they have a 20 to 30 year plan but they aren’t talking to anybody, it’s all secretive because we are out of sight and out of mind.
“We fought long and hard against the wild rivers, long and hard and we were untied as one on Cape York.
“This Pristine Rivers believe me there are rumblings about it in 1 William Street (Executive Building) now.
“This legislation over land is going to block everything.”
Gordon Rasmussen, Katters Australian Party candidate for the Cook electorate, which takes in all of Cape York, agreed with Mr Ah Mat.
“It looks like Northern Development is just a talk fest because what Mr Ah Mat says about locking up all the rivers and land on Cape York makes a mockery of the $5 billion federal fund for northern land development,” Mr Rasmussen pointed out.
“How does the federal government expect to achieve anything in an area like the Peninsula to help economic development for struggling communities when the State Government has divided up most of the Aboriginal land into nature reserves, national parks and heritage areas?
“If the Labor Party gets back into government we are all in for a very rough trot.”