A senate inquiry into Native Title changes which could affect Adani”s proposed Queensland coal mine will hear from stakeholders in Brisbane Today but activists want the time extended.
The senate committee will hold a day of hearings on the proposed amendments followed by a two-week consultation period.
Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council spokesman Adrian Burragubba says the length of the process is “ridiculously inadequate”.
He says – “Aboriginal people impacted by mining must be fully informed and engaged around the country so they can make proper judgments about changes to the law,”
The bill was put forward to clear up uncertainty following a federal court ruling last month that Indigenous Land Use Agreements need the signature of all native title claimants.
The decision has again put Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, proposed for Queensland’s Galilee Basin, on shaky legal footing.
It comes as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk prepared to lead a group of regional mayors to meet with Adani bosses in India as part of a trade mission.
In addition to the Traditional Owners Council, other bodies due to give submissions to the hearing include the Queensland Resources Council, the National Farmers Federation and the Law Council of Australia
The Senate Committee will report on Friday.