Today at the annual general meeting for the largest mining company in the world, BHP Billiton, aboriginal elders and civil society representatives have attended to share their concerns.
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott and Peter Watts (Arabunna), Richard Evans – Yeelirrie, Tomohiro Matsuoka – Japan for Peace, Mia Pepper – Conservation Council WA
Dave Sweeney – Australian Conservation Foundation, Donna Jackson – Larrakia nation, Mitch – Arrente and many others – including Christian Miller from Chile.
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott addressed supporters gathered saying, calling on the people of Melbourne to regularly visit BHP headquarters to keep them accountable.
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott is from Arabunna country, directly impacted by BHP Billiton’s uranium mining operations has brought a ‘Notice of Trespass’ to be served on BHP.
40 supporters gathered to support over 20 delegates who entered the conference to share concerns about many aspects of BHP Operations across Australia, and worldwide.
Conference delegates were greeted by a massive 6 metre high inflatable nuclear waste barrel and were handed copies of a different style of report.
A collective of environment groups from across the country have today released BHP Billiton: Dirty Energy ‘Alternative Annual Report’.
VIDEOS FROM ACTION OUTSIDE BHP BILLITON”S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Melbourne, Australia
Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott was one of a number of traditional custodians who travelled to Melbourne to challenge the board of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, over the despoiling of their country. Here he describes his reception at the AGM.
We hear first from Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Tully McIntyre, who witnessed proceedings, and Japanese for Peace campaigner Tomohiro Matsuoka.
While traditional custodians and supporters holding proxies were inside the Melbourne Convention Centre challenging the board, other supporters held a protest outside, against the backdrop of a huge blow-up radioactive waste barrel:
hip-hop from Izzy and MC Ollie, satire from No Nukes Calamity Jane (aka Madeline Hudson), song from the Radical Choir, including a solo from Emily…