Committee to investigate destruction of Aboriginal site

Parliamentary committees investigate not only bills before the Parliament but also issues, events and actions that affect the Australian environment and Australian cultural heritage.

Jun 11, 2020

The Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia will investigate the destruction of a 46000 year-old Aboriginal heritage site by mining company Rio Tinto.

The caves at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia were destroyed by the mining company to make way for the expansion of an iron ore mine. The site is significant to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) people of Western Australia. The committee will investigate the state and federal laws that were in place when the site was destroyed and the circumstances that led to the destruction of the site.

This inquiry is accepting submissions until 31 July.