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Aussie mining companies circumvent preservation laws

Mining companies in Australia are damaging Aboriginal sites by dodging Queensland Aboriginal cultural heritage laws.

The allegation follows claims a Queensland coal seam gas company has destroyed ancient Aboriginal stone arrangements at Kogan, near Dalby.

Indigenous academic Dr Jillian Marsh told AAP laws aimed at protecting indigenous sacred sites are generally tokenistic and toothless.

She said it was common for mining companies to take a divide-and-conquer approach to negotiations with indigenous communities by dealing only with individuals who were sympathetic to their agenda.

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Story: Lisa Martin, The Queensland Times | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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