3rd September, 1980 : A summit of six Aboriginal land councils today banned all mining on Aboriginal land until the West Australian Government guarantees protection for sacred sites in an oil exploration area on Noonkanbah Station, on Fitzroy River, in north Western Australia. Eighty Aboriginal leaders representing many of the tribes of Northern Australia agreed on the ban in response to the WA Government decision to move an oil drill on to a disputed site on Noonkabah last week.

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