Launch of ‘First Peoples and Land Justice Issues in Australia’ Event - 17 March 2021

Launch of ‘First Peoples and Land Justice Issues in Australia’ Event - 17 March 2021

We invite you to join Professor Julie Cogin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, College of Business, RMIT University and the RMIT Business and Human Rights Centre for the launch of the report, "First Peoples and Land Justice Issues in Australia" on 17th March 2021 at 10.30am.

The launch is timed with the Close the Gap day, highlighting the need to close the gap in consent laws for major resource projects. The timing of the launch draws attention to the marginalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their traditional lands as a key reason for the gap in equality between First Nations peoples and other Australians.

The report describes the multiple barriers that First Peoples and land rights campaigners face to achieving land justice in Australia. In some cases, such as the Bravus (formally known as Adani) Carmichael Coal Mine, the Queensland government has gone so far as to extinguish native title.

It points to where there have been serious accountability shortfalls in the mining and extractive gas industries and highlights what governments and companies should be doing to protect the rights of First Peoples impacted by major corporate developments in Australia. The report sets out an agenda of urgent legislative reform at state, territory, and federal levels to ensure that the fundamental rights of First Peoples are upheld.

The report will be launched by Professor Julie Cogin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, College of Business, RMIT University and community speakers.  The launch will be followed by a Q&A session with Associate Professor Shelley Marshall and Research Associate Carla Unger, who authored the report.

Further details and updates on speakers can be found on the Eventbrite invitation.

09 March 2021

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer