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Rio Tinto still has 1,780 approvals to destroy Aboriginal sacred sites, Juukan Gorge inquiry told – The Guardian

In tense exchanges with MPs, executives take responsibility for ‘poor decisions’ that led to the destruction of the 46,000-year-old caves



The mining giant Rio Tinto still holds 1,780 approvals to destroy Aboriginal sacred sites in the Pilbara, senior executives have told a parliamentary inquiry into the companys destruction of a 46,000-year-old sacred site at Juukan Gorge in May.
The 1,780 approvals remain valid while Western Australias outdated Aboriginal heritage laws are being reviewed, which means the company can legally destroy the sites. But the executives said every one of them was being reviewed for their potential impact…

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