Protecting Country, or Extraction?


Is it possible to limit the damage of extraction using the law? Or is the law part of the damage? This panel will show how laws apparently intended to protect the environment, in fact facilitate its destruction, and the toxic legacy it leaves behind.

A panel of activists, artists, Traditional Owners and researchers will examine the fast and slow violence caused by the most toxic mine in Australia, Glencore’s McArthur River Mine. The world’s largest lead, zinc and silver mine, it operates on the lands of the Gurdanji, Mara, Yanyuwa and Garrwa peoples in the remote Gulf Country of the Northern Territory, polluting their waterways and damaging the rich First Nations cultural heritage found in the area. Although the mine is set to operate until 2038, the lasting environmental and social impact of this mine will extend for 1000 years after mining activities cease.

Help save the McArthur River Region by signing onto the Environment Centre NT’s campaign here.

00:15   The Extraction Series and Acknowledgement of Country – Susan Park
01:45   Can Our Systems of Justice Actually Deliver Justice? – Tess Lea
04:20   A Painting Tells A Thousand Words – Jack Green & Josephine Davey
12:10   Colonial Violence Still Continues – Seán Kerins
19:30   A Sinister Slow Violence – Kirsty Howey
32:55   Mining’s Affect on the Land’s Spirituality
34:50   The Tactics of Dispossession
39:45   An Unfair Legal Battle
42:30   Undermining the Next Generation of Traditional Owners
44:30   The Deep Time of Corporate Manipulation

Jack Green
, Senior Garrwa Leader, Artist and Cultural Warrior
Josephine Davey, Gundanji Woman and Traditional Owner for the McArthur River Region
Dr Seán Kerins, Anthropologist
Dr Kirsty Howey, Environment Centre of the Northern Territory and Deakin University
Professor Tess Lea (Chair), University of Sydney
Professor Susan Park, University of Sydney

This event was held online on Wednesday 6 October, 2021.

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