Back from Borroloola

Hello. It has been a hectic few weeks. I have just returned from Borroloola having gone there for the funeral and stayed a few days to talk to the Traditional Owners and have a look around.

I will post some new photo’s and information soon – but in the meantime I was heartened to see that there was heightened interest in McArthur River. So today, instead of my thoughts, or news extract I have collected some blog links talking about recent events.


I missed this when it came out last night, but Clare Martin’s legislation, which prevents traditional owners from launching legal action to stop Xstrata from diverting the river and basically digging the world’s largest zinc and lead mine on their land, was passed by the Northern Territory parliament, 17 votes to 5.

 Wooly Days

Northern Territory Chief Minister Claire Martin has seriously upset her three indigenous caucus members after passing controversial retrospective legislation Thursday to allow expansion of a McArthur River zinc mine.

Whenua, Fenua, Enua, Vanua

About 800 people turned out in Borroloola, in the Northern Territory, yesterday for the funeral of one of the traditional owners who led the fight against the expansion of the McArthur River Mine. The 43-year-old was the brother of

The Eagles Nest

Barbara McCarthy’s brother was buried in Borroloola yesterday – a significant man and a significant fighter against the destruction of the McArthur River. The sorry business continues. This is the reason that three Aboriginal Labor

Duffy writesBarbara McCarthy, in a passionate speech, told the House that it was shameful the legislation was rushed through while the people of Borroloola were still in ‘Sorry Business’ (extensive mortuary rites following a death, still widely

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