North Western Australian Aborigines know killers when they see them.
Local Aboriginal traditional land owners long ago reached agreement with natural gas developers in which their environment would be protected and respected and they would receive royalties to the tune of $1.5 billion over the next thirty years.
Then along came The Greens and , wait for it, the criminal gang of pirates Sea Shepherd, attempting to block the $45 billion project 'in the name of the local Abos!' (For those not up with the play, Dr Bob Brown is the ex leader of the Australian Killer Greenz.) Here's what they had to say to Bob Brown.
Dear Dr Bob Brown,
I am writing to you because I have heard that you are coming to the Kimberley on a mission to our country and our culture from gas developments at James Price Point…
Our people have had to make a choice about allowing development on our lands. It hasn’t been easy, but we have made a decision - a majority decision -to face up to our own challenges, and to build a better future for our children, our people, our culture, and our country.
Dr Brown, it is hard for us to understand why you think it is necessary for you to speak on our behalf, about our country, our culture, and our futures.
The only thing We need saving from, is people who disrespect our decisions and want to see our people locked up in a wilderness and treated as museum pieces…
There are people, like you Dr Brown, who disagree with our vision for our future. And that’s a good thing in our democratic society. But please, don’t use us to push your view. We can speak for ourselves…
I am an old woman now and I have witnessed and lived the despair and hopelessness of many Kimberley Aboriginal people. Dr Brown, do you know what it is like to be taken away from your family, to not have money to buy food, to live in a house that is dilapidated and beyond repair? To see your children grow up in despair, die before they are 50, or even worse, take their own lives before they get to their 20s?
My people have lived this life, and we don’t Want it anymore…
But what saddens my people most is your complete disregard for Aboriginal people. I know you care about the whales and the dinosaur footprints, but what about people?
On behalf of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage Team and Jabirrlabirr Traditional Owners.