... on protecting Aboriginal heritage
The Tasmanian Parliament will need to check the lost and found box after Minister for Resources Guy Barnett seemingly overlooked 80,000 cubic meters of acid producing wastes still undealt with at the failed Nelson Bay River Mine, and Labor left their principles behind after abandoning the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites on the takayna coast.
“What is going on down there?” asked Save the Tarkine Campaign Coordinator, Scott Jordan.
“How on earth does the Minister fail to notice 80,000 cubic metres of acid producing waste? Has he set out to mislead the Parliament? Or is he hoping that squibbling on terms will fix the problem?”
“The Minister appears to be hiding behind a veneer of split hair over whether the waste dump should be referred to as at Nelson Bay River or at the ‘mine site’. Well the river is just 180 metres down slope from the waste dump, and the open pit is just 56 metres from the river”.
“He can collect what is left of his integrity from the lost and found box by correcting the record and acting to address the ongoing issue at Nelson Bay River”.
“Labor, however, has willingly given it’s integrity away. They have betrayed the principled decision they took in 2012 to stand up for the protection of Aboriginal heritage, and decided to side with the Liberals in sanctioning the destruction of 40,000 years of history”.
“What a spineless betrayal this is”.
“Save the Tarkine will continue to stand with the Aboriginal community in defending takayna/the Tarkine”.