Australian Story - Cry Me a River (Noel and Gerhardt Pearson)
Australian Story lifts the lid on a clash of ideologies over the future of some of the most spectacular and pristine areas of Cape York. Aboriginal leaders Noel and Gerhardt Pearson claim their own conservation record speaks for itself. But they say former allies in the green movement have sidelined the needs of Indigenous people of the Cape in a struggle over the region's rivers.
At issue is Queensland Government legislation designed to conserve "wild rivers", including 14 rivers on the Cape. The Pearsons accuse The Wilderness Society and the Queensland Government of riding roughshod over indigenous interests, and putting at risk the pressing economic, social and health needs of Aboriginal people.
The Queensland Government says it is seeking a balanced outcome. The Wilderness Society says it recognises the needs of Aboriginal people but the conservation issues are of global significance.
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