Borroloola traditional owners share their distress with the federal Juukan Gorge inquiry | ABC News

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    A federal inquiry into the destruction of 46,000-year-old caves at Western Australia’s Juukan Gorge has heard about the impact of mining on Northern Territory sacred sites near Borroloola. Traditional owners from four clan groups where Glencore’s McArthur River Mine operates made the long trek to Darwin to plead with the federal government for help.

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