Police in the Australian state of Queensland are mediating a dispute between Indigenous people carrying out cultural ceremonies at a coalmine project site and the coal company which claims they are trespassing. The company, Adani, has a formal land-use agreement with the Wangan and Jagalingou people and project permission from the state government, but not all traditional owners agree and the rating agency Moody’s says project financing could be at risk if Adani does not maintain good relationships with them. Claiming the ceremonies are a front for anti-coal activists, Adani complained to the Queensland police. The traditional owners are pleased the police recognize that the Human Rights Act protects their cultural rights.

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