Wyatt on watch

WESTERN Australia’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has denied claims by the Australian Greens that he gave BHP permission to destroy up to 86 culturally significant Aboriginal sites to expand its South Flank iron ore mine in the central Pilbara just days after the international outcry began over Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge.

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Banjima Traditional Owner Maitland Parker, South Flank project director Simon Thomas and BHP iron ore asset president Edgar Basto listening to Western Australian mines minister Bill Johnston at the opening of a village at South Flank in August 2019. Photo by Karma Barndon.

Greens WA spokesman on Aboriginal affairs Robin Chapple claimed Wyatt gave permission on May 29, under the contentious Section 18 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act for BHP to destroy up to 86 heritage