Marcia Langton was spot on in her recent speech where she said Green groups are hijacking and undermining the interests of Aboriginal people by deception, often funded by wealthy foreign interests. On the same day as her speech Greens Senator Larissa Waters illustrated the point, authorising a political advertisement opposing the Adani mine that said “No Consent from Traditional Owners. No Way.”
This statement is false. Fact: Adani has agreed 6 Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) with 4 traditional owner groups – the Juru, Jaeggi, Berrimah and Wangan & Jagalingou (W&J) native title groups. The W&J ILUA was approved by a 294-1 vote. It was challenged in court by individual W&J people who oppose the mine. The Federal Court found the vote valid, but said unanimous approval of W&J native title applicants was required to approve the ILUA
Did Waters authorise a false political advertisement? Or was she demanding traditional owners withhold consent? If so, why are the Greens telling Aboriginal people what they can and can’t agree to?
Propaganda is the hallmark of Far Left and Far Right political groups who believe their cause is so superior any means is justified to garner support, even lies. The Greens are a Far Left group with a cause. Here the cause is opposing coal.
Green groups also lie when they say coal is on the way out and fossil fuel extraction and power plants will soon be“stranded assets”. Coal, natural gas and crude oil make up over 83% of global energy consumption (160eJ, 124eJ and 155eJ respectively of total energy consumption of 525eJ). Wind and solar represent less than 1% (4 eJ). Fossil fuel energy consumption has increased in the past 30 years. These assets are far from stranded.
Green groups don’t actually believe coal is in decline. In 2011 a coalition of environmental activists produced a detailed strategy for crippling Australia’s coal export industry which was leaked. It said “Australia is on the verge of an unprecedented coal boom with around 120 proposed new coal mines or mine expansions that, if built, would see a tripling of Australia’s coal exports by the end of the decade … matched by a rush to build new rail lines and massively expand coal export ports”.
Green groups really oppose energy consumption and economic growth in general. Green activism is really about stopping all development.
I once issued a public challenge to Green groups to name just one place in Australia where they’d approve a new mine or oil/gas exploration. Silence.
Everything depends on mining. Obviously metals. Also synthetics and plastics (produced from petroleum). Even food, plant, textiles and timber production depend on mined products. If Green groups don’t approve of any extractive industries in Australia, logically they’d have Australia import all resources and not export any. They want Australia to go broke.
It’s not just mining. Scratch the surface of Green ideology and you’ll find opposition to farming, infrastructure, manufacturing and any other development. In Australia they feign alliance with farmers because of mutual opposition to gas fracking and water use for mining. Pastoralists shouldn't be so naïve as to think Green groups won’t target pastoral water use and environmental impact. In the US there’s even organised Green opposition to solar energy farms in deserts.
Green groups consistently oppose economic activity in remote and regional Australia. They champion restrictions like the Wild Rivers legislation that made it impossible to do even the most basic things, including things like horticulture and tourism.
Green groups hate people in regional Australia. They’d prefer nobody lived there at all, except in a subsistence existence with no impact on their surroundings. Fundamentally Green groups believe Australia shouldn’t be developed any further. This means a very poor economic future for regional Australia indeed. For all Australians in fact.
This article was first published in the Daily Telegraph, the Courier Mail and the Townsville Bulletin on 9 June 2017. Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO is Chair of the Yaabubiin Institute for Disruptive Thinking. His articles also regularly appear in The Koori Mail.
Green lies threaten Australia's future
10 June 2017
By Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO