Little crack in Social Media Shifts power in native

Little crack in Social Media Shifts power in native


By: Drew Chung | Senior Editor at and Regular Contributor to

The board members of the Yindjubarndi Aboriginal Corporation that is YAC met with their lawyers in Reobourne last night to discuss their next strategic move forward towards the complex and fascinating case about the native tile agreement.

Simon Millman the Native little lawyer who was one of the lawyers at the meeting which was held last night said that the divided parties within the YAC will agree on a deal and there are possibilities for that. If it goes ahead the FMG and Yindjibarndi will have to work with each other for thirty to forty years for the life of his line.

The meeting in Reobourne last month in which the negotiations between the Aboriginal Corporation and FMG took place has caused a major impact in the media. The dispute which was began between the FMG and 2 parties from Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation has blown up into a national news story due in part to the use of the social media of both the sides. After receiving 2 letters from FMG to take the video down the original video of the YAC of the March 16 meeting was removed this week by the web host. Since then the GMG has posted its own video up online with the title “The True Yindjibarndhi Story” as a response.

A lecturer in Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth Tama Leaver said that he is not surprised during this dispute that the two corporations are suing the social media with a lot of impact like in the political campaigns. Because of the financial resource and access to mainstream media FMG have the balance of power as people like in the past. He also said that they see that the indigenous people are suing social Media to get their message across host as forcefully. The FMG has raised the stakes in a dispute with the traditional owners over a large minimizing project in the Western Australia. The mining company of the Andrew wants access to land in the Pilbara for its massive Solomon Hub project which promises production of iron ore for decades.

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