I rise to speak on the Natural Gas (Canning Basin Joint Venture) Agreement Bill 2013. There has been no consultation with traditional owners whatsoever. The first step that should be taken is to show some respect to these people. We see this project covering a huge area of the country for some of the biggest language groups across the west and into part of the East Kimberley areas, including the Nyikana–Mangala, Karrajarri, Gooniyandi, Ngurrara, Tjurabalan, Walmajarri, Juwaliny, Yawuru, Bunuba and some Jaru land. There are 10 different language groups. These languages are different from each other. A few are similar in dialect. We all know that a development of this type will have a big impact on the land use and practises of local Aboriginal people, and also the social impact that will occur once areas become established. Why is our Premier supporting large multicultural joint venture partners such as Mitsubishi, which we hear are foreign owned, and not protecting the rights of some of his most disadvantaged constituents?
The interaction between the state agreement act and the future act regime of the Native Title Act clearly blunts the few powerful instruments that traditional owners have in those areas by consistently and negatively affecting their rights to negotiate or to object to this development, which covers an enormous area of 17 000 square kilometres. That area is bigger than Perth through to the outer lying suburbs, which is estimated to be roughly 300 kilometres in circumference. The area of this project extends from Broome and Derby, which are in the Shire of Derby–West Kimberley, through to Halls Creek in the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley. That accommodates the Gooniyandi and the Jaru groups. We all know that when any changes or development in that 300-kilometre radius around Perth is proposed, people are consulted by their shires or electorates before any development occurs.
Why does this government pretend that it does not need to speak to anybody? This government needs to meet and speak to native title holders about their lands. It should remember that these lands are home to a large number of Aboriginal people. Respect should be shown to these people and their families. After all, their native title rights have been recognised as only they can speak for their country.
I believe that the Premier should meet with members from these 10 different language groups within the claim area that Buru has outlined. After all, it is their country and lands and it is recognised under the national Native Title Act as belonging to them and their families. Respect should be shown at all times. If some mining companies can do this, surely this government should be able to do this. After all, we are elected into government for only a few years, not forever.