On 17 June 2020, Aboriginal land councils and traditional owner groups from across the nation came together to respond to the cultural heritage crisis highlighted by the tragic destruction of a site of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people with 46,000 years of human occupation by mining company Rio Tinto.
In this submission we highlight the need for more far-reaching reforms as an urgent priority,
informed by the inequities in the current system, the fact that time is running out for many
Community Elders to see land justice in their life times and the obligations imposed on the
Australian Government by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples (UNDRIP). Due to capacity constraints and the tight timeframe for submission, we