As you may have noticed Parliament has been 'debating' the Premier's JPP Land Agreement Bill this week. In today's West Carole Martin's latest attack on 'greenies' is given prominent coverage. Interestingly, while reporting her strong criticism of gas hub opponents for allegedly using terms like "kaffir", there is no mention of her saying:
But neither Barnett nor the West mentioned the great speech made by retiring ALP Member for Pilbara Tom Stephens! Its worth reading in full but here are some excerpts.
thinking of the missed opportunities that have occurred in the Pilbara. I place on record that in the early 1980s
Woodside came to people like me and my party, in opposition and then in government, seeking and obtaining
our support for its developments in the Burrup, having given assurances and promises about Woodside’s
commitment to train and employ Indigenous people in that part of the world. Woodside said that it would
contribute to the protection of heritage sites and build cultural heritage facilities in places such as Roebourne. As
I look back over those 30 years, I see a trail of broken promises and a failure to deliver on commitments,
although recently Woodside has upped it a notch and focussed on the commitments that it made so many
decades ago now.
coalition government, the federal Labor government, the industry players that want it and the Kimberley Land
Council, which represents the majority decision of the title holders, in a context in which people may say that
they had a gun held to their head. There is a view that the James Price Point development will advance the
interests of the Indigenous peoples of that area. In my view, that is not a given; it is not guaranteed if the project
Other interesting comments:
Barnett: this is a very clear exercise of self-determination by Aboriginal people.