Comment by tonytran2015: It appears that Australia has been dead set on Population Replacement in Australia. This is just part of “the bigger picture”, First Nation People are only among many to be replaced.
- Rio Tinto expressed deep regret over the blast to Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt in a private phone call
- Mr Wyatt says a lawyer for traditional owners contacted his office last week to ask for the Federal Government to intervene
- Permission to blast the site was signed off in 2013
Two sites in the Juukan Gorge were destroyed last weekend
by mining company Rio Tinto, after being approved for destruction in
2013, despite significant archaeological discoveries that were made in
The blasting of the sites was one of the
worst destructions of an archaeological site in recent memory according
to Peter Stone, the UNESCO chair in Cultural Property Protection and
Peace at Newcastle University in the UK.
Minister says traditional owners called his office in 11th-hour bid to stop blast
Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt has confirmed he was contacted by legal
representatives of traditional owners trying to stop the destruction of 46,000-year-old cultural sites in the Pilbara.
Mr Wyatt said his office received a call at the 11th hour, a few days before Rio Tinto blasted the site, asking the Federal Government to step in and prevent it.
He said his office provided
advice to a lawyer representing traditional owners about how to access
“Commonwealth provisions” but said he did not step in to stop the blast.
“I was advised that the call had occurred, and that advice had been given
and that the lawyer was proceeding with the advice given,” he said.