Please note: The timing for this event has been changed to 5.30-6.30pm.
On 24 May 2020, Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto destroyed two 46,000 year old rock shelters at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia – the traditional lands of the Puttu, Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura peoples, for whom these sites were sacred. News of the government-approved destruction attracted international condemnation and national soul searching, as attention turned to the manifest failures of Australia’s heritage protection and land rights regimes.
As we await the findings of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia, the Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) program has invited three national experts to share their views on the adequacy of these legal regimes, and the relationship between the extractive industries, Indigenous communities, and the law.
On the panel:
- Professor Peter Veth, The University of Western Australia
- Greg McIntyre SC, Michael Kirby Chambers
- Dr Virginia Marshall, ANU Regulation and Global Governance and Fenner School of Environment and Society
- Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, ANU College of Law (moderator)