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13 February 2013

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Today at the Australian National University there is a meeting of a Bougainvillean panel.

No representatives of the landowners are listed to be there, nor is Governor Joe Lera, who has spent much time talking with community groups and actively promotes grassroots development based upon agriculture, fishing and tourism rather than fast tracking the mine.

For anyone who has been told by the mining lobby that all is getting better down the Jaba, may I suggest you open Google Maps and type in 'Panguna'.

It is (in my opinion) criminal for Rio to talk of re-opening the mine before they clean up the tailings dumps, a process which in itself will provide a degree of employment and economic stimulus

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