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Back door left open on Coronation Hill



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Senator Grant Tambling Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia

Media Release

BACK DOOR LEFT OPEN ON CORONATION HILL

The Resource Assessment Commission had left open a back door for the Federal Labor Government to reject mining at Coronation Hill, the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External

Territories and Northern Australia warned today.

Senator Grant Tambling said the back door was one of several options contained in the RAC Kakadu Conservation Zone Inquiry Draft Report, handed down today.

"The Resource Assessment Commission has told the Federal Government that if it decides against mining then Coronation Hill could be declared a "special case" and steps taken to establish clear policies and procedures for future proposals."

Senator Tambling also highlighted RAC confusion over Aboriginal attitudes towards mining at Coronation Hill and in the rest of the Kakadu Conservation Zone.

"First, the RAC says that if the view of the Jawoyn community were to prevail no further mining would be allowed at Coronation Hill.

"Then it admits that some Jawoyn people favour mining at

Coronation Hill, "primarily because in their view mining will bring benefits, including employment, to Aboriginal people."

"The report also admits that it is not possible to present

definitive Jawoyn views on mining in the balance of the

Conservation Zone and, for this reason, the Inquiry will attempt to clarify Aboriginal people's views." "

Senator Tambling said he would pursue the issue of Coronation Hill during the next two-week sittings of Federal Parliament, starting on Tuesday, February 12.

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