Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has compared Rio Tinto to the Taliban for destroying sacred Aboriginal rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia.
In May 2020, the mining giant blew up two shelters that showed human occupancy going back 46,000 years to access higher-grade iron ore in the Pilbara region.
An interim parliamentary report released in December 2020 found that ‘Rio knew the value of what they were destroying but blew it up anyway.’
‘When those beautiful Buddhas were destroyed by the Taliban, there was an international outcry,’ Ms Plibersek said on Thursday, introducing new laws to stop that type of destruction from ever happening again.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said in a tweet that ‘Juukan Gorge, a site of huge significance to First Nations people, was destroyed two years ago.
‘But no laws were broken. It’s wrong. So we’re changing it.’
Minister for Environment Tanya Plibersek tables the Government’s response to a report into the destruction of…