Today’s revelation that Bill Shorten opposes the Traditional Aboriginal Owners of Central Queensland developing their own land to secure their economic future is the latest oppressive Labor policy exposing Bill Shorten’s true colours.
Bill Shorten has to come clean with the Traditional Aboriginal Owners of Central Queensland on where he stands in relation to the Carmichael Mine project in the Galilee basin.
Does he support the Traditional Aboriginal Owners who have made their own decision to support economic development on their land?
Does he support the hundreds of jobs for First Australians this project will deliver, and the prosperity that will flow to Aboriginal families?
Or will he put his own political future and that of another Labor union hack standing in Batman ahead of the future of the Traditional Aboriginal Owners?
Let’s remember that more than a dozen Traditional Owner groups, which included the Wangan and Jagalingou people, voted 294 to one in favour of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement to facilitate the rail construction to the Carmichael Mine.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders know that Labor’s job-killing political agenda is in stark contrast to the Coalition’s record job growth and the over $1 billion in Commonwealth contracts that over 1,000 Indigenous businesses across the country have won under our Indigenous Procurement Policy, compared with just $6.2 million under Labor in 2012-13.
Come clean Mr Shorten: tell the Traditional Aboriginal Owners if you support their right to control their own land and to determine their own economic future.