Mr Bergmann said there were important lessons to be learned from the disastrous gas hub negotiations. He believed the KLC was "on track" to find a site that traditional owners could accept when West Australian Premier Colin Barnett and Woodside became aggressive.
He believed the benefits package would have led to enormous change for Aboriginal people, but the negotiations were much harder than they should have been because of Mr Barnett's threat to compulsorily acquire James Price Point if they did not agree. "You can't come in and pulverise Aboriginal people into a corner so they have no choice but to sign off on deals - you don't create healthy societies by doing that," he said. "If this is the way industry treats some of the most disadvantaged people in the world, and it is accepted by government, a standard has been set that is inconsistent with our international obligations."