130217 – “Federal Court win by Yindjibarndi means Fortescue must negotiate with them”

* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia: 
Federal Court win by Yindjibarndi means 
Fortescue must negotiate with them
* CAAMA: Yindjibarndi 1 – Fortescue Metals Group 0: 
court ruling favours the mob !
* YAC: Cause to come home – Yindjibarndi Federal Court win
* YAC: Truth is the Best Defense – Yindjibarndi Federal Court win
* ABC Indigenous: Yindjibarndi court decision brings ‘tears of joy’
* NIRS: Former FMG employee allegedly threatens to sue 
National Indigenous Times
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

* Other articles

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA: 
FEDERAL COURT WIN BY YINDJIBARNDI MEANS 
FORTISCUE MUST NEGOTIATE WITH THEM

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia: 
Federal Court win by Yindjibarndi means 
Fortescue must negotiate with them
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/13/federal-court-win-by-yindjibarndi-means-fortescue-must-negotiate-with-them
13 Feb 13: “On Tuesday February 12, the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) won a huge outcome in the 
Federal Court with Justice Kerracher stating that only the 
YAC are authorised to negotiate with mining companies over 
certain Yindjibarndi Country. The claim area includes the 
vacant Crown land where Fortescue Metals Group is 
developing the Firetail mine site. This is a massive blow 
to Fortescue who have been securing access to the site 
through the controversial Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC) which is not a federally 
prescribed negotiating body and which was allegedly 
contrived into existence by Fortescue and who are funded 
by Fortescue, which Fortescue admits.” Gerry Georgatos

* CAAMA: 
YINDJIBARNDI 1 – FORTESCUE METALS GROUP 0 
– COURT RULING FAVOURS THE MOB !

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Yindjibarndi 1 – Fortescue Metals Group 0 
– court ruling favours the mob !
http://caama.com.au/yindjibarndi-1-fortescue-metals-group-0-court-ruling-favors-the-mob
15 Feb 13: “Traditional land owners in Western Australia’s 
Pilbara region have won a a major battle against mining 
giant FMG with the Federal court ruling the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation is now the only group legally 
permitted to represent local stakeholders. A breakaway 
Yindjibarndi group has moved to accept Fortescue Metals 
Group;s $4 million benefits package… which would allow the 
mining giant to develop the multi-billion dollar iron ore 
mine in but the court has overruled the powers of this 
group. … Michael Woodley CEO of the Yindiijbarndi 
Aborignal Corporation says … “

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/am-15-02.mp3
15 Feb 13: “Traditional land owners in Western Australia’s 
Pilbara region have won a a major battle against mining 
giant FMG with the Federal court ruling the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation is now the only group legally 
permitted to represent local stakeholders.”

* YAC: CAUSE TO COME HOME – YINDJIBARNDI FEDERAL COURT WIN

– News

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: Cause to come home
Yindjibarndi Federal Court win
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=3080
13 Feb 13: “On 12 February, Federal Court Justice, Neil 
McKerracher, handed down a decision that validated the vote 
of the Yindjibarndi people to authorise a new and unified 
Applicant group of twelve Yindjibarndi men and women to run 
the Yindjibarndi #1 Claim-this includes the Area of vacant 
crown land where Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is developing 
the Solomon Hub and ‘Firetail’ mine. The conditions that 
were attached to the authorization means that these 
Applicants must also act in concert with the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation (YAC), and get YAC’s written consent 
for any agreement that affects the Claim Area. … “

* YAC: 
TRUTH IS THE BEST DEFENSE – YINDJIBARNDI FEDERAL COURT WIN

– News

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: Truth is the Best Defense
Yindjibarndi Federal Court win 
Bid to shut down voice of the National Indigenous Times
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=3055
“Yesterday justice was served in the Federal Court when the 
voice of the majority of the Yindjibarndi People was 
affirmed. The court authorised a Yindjibarndi plebiscite, 
of 24 March 2012, which elected 12 Applicants who 
unequivocally support the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal 
Corporation (YAC); and who oppose Fortescue Metals Group’s 
(FMG) grossly inequitable land use agreement and 
aggressive intervention in the Yindjibarndi community. 
The decision means that YAC is now the only organisation 
entitled by law to speak for the Yindjibarndi country 
where FMG are mining.”

* ABC INDIGENOUS: 
YINDJIBARNDI COURT DECISION BRINGS ‘TEARS OF JOY’

– News

ABC Indigenous: 
Yindjibarndi court decision brings ‘tears of joy’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-14/yindjibarndi-court-decision-brings-tears-of-joy/4519098/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
14 Feb 13: “The Federal Court has ruled the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation the only group legally permitted to 
represent traditional landowners in an ongoing Pilbara 
mining dispute. … Yindjibarndi’s CEO, Michael Woodley, 
says the door is always open for FMG to negotiate a new 
deal. “What is also open as well is for the Yindjibarndi 
people who moved away from the YAC and formed the breakaway 
group, are also willing to come back into the fold and 
start moving towards a positive part that gives 
Yindjibarndi people best outcomes that we all deserve,” 
he said.”

* NIRS: 
FORMER FMG EMPLOYEE ALLEGEDLY THREATENS TO SUE 
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TIMES

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Former FMG employee allegedly threatens to sue 
National Indigenous Times
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7841-former-fmg-employee-allegedly-threatens-to-sue-national-indigenous-times
13 Feb 13: “The chief executive of the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation in Western Australia’s Pilbara has 
criticised a former Fortescue Metals Group worker for 
allegedly threatening to sue the National Indigenous Times. 
Times reporter Gerry Georgatos has published articles 
containing allegations Michael Gallagher, when working for 
FMG, had a conflict of interest when dealing with the 
Yindjibarndi people for a mining agreement. Yindjibarndi 
boss Michael Woodley says Mr. Gallagher doesn’t want 
certain articles published because the allegations are 
damning. … “

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 13 February 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/27/background-to-the-yindjibarndi-aboriginal-corporation-yac

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– Analysis / Opinion

arena: Opportunity Lost
Marcia Langton’s Boyer Lectures
http://www.arena.org.au/2013/02/opportunity-lost/
February 2013: “It is possible that Langton’s five lectures 
will rank as a particularly shameful episode in the ABC’s 
history. For five weeks, audiences were subjected to the 
kind of vitriol and empirically unfounded claims against 
the Left and environmentalists usually confined to Andrew 
Bolt’s columns or Alan Jones’ broadcasts. Where was the 
so-called ‘balance’ that ABC management invokes usually to 
placate the Right, but never the Left? … “

– Audio

SBS Living Black: NAIDOC 2013 Theme Announced
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/254298/t/NAIDOC-2013-Theme-Announced/in/english
15 Feb 13: “This year’s NAIDOC theme honours the 50th 
anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions of 1963. One of 
the most courageous acts of self-determination, but one of 
the least well known, will be celebrated as the focal point 
of NAIDOC 2013. …  
“We Value the Vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”, 
honours the fight for recognition by the Yolgnu people that 
also served as an important catalyst leading up to the 1967 
referendum. … Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC committee 
is Torres Striat Islander man Ben Mitchell. He shares with 
Marc Tong his views on recognition, past, present and 
future.”

SBS Living Black: ‘Good Faith’ in Native Title
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/254294/t/-Good-Faith-in-Native-Title/in/english
15 Feb 13: “Proposed changes to Native Title Legislation 
sees its stakeholders discuss the issue of ‘good faith’ in 
the negotiation process. Some of the major players in the 
business of Native Title gathered in Redfern to discuss 
proposed government amendments to the way it operates. The 
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal 
and Torres Strait Islander Affairs is holding an inquiry 
into the Native Title Amendment Bill 2012. The current Bill 
aims to streamline the processes for Indigenous Land Use 
agreements, and requires stakeholders to “negotiate in good 
faith” on Native Title outcomes. … “

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