An anti mining activist lost his legal stoush against a foreign backed $21 billion coal development on August 15, and now faces losing his home after being ordered to pay a massive bill for legal expenses.
Brisbane Federal Court has ordered street performer Adrian Burragubba to pay $600,000 in legal fees incurred from his relentless legal battle against Adani Australia’s Carmichael Coal Project.
Burragubba, who identifies himself with the Wangan and Jagalingou Indigenous people, repeatedly challenged the validity of a land use agreement Adani reached with his people, accusing the proponent of not informing signatories that native title for the land cannot be reclaimed after it is relinquished as part of the deal.
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Frivolous litigation creates hefty bill
Traditional owners voted 294 to one in favour of the land use agreement, Adani said according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP).
After launching multiple failed legal actions Burragubba, who represented himself, was told multiple times in court that he has “no case”.
The frivolous litigation continued, prompting Adani to seek compensation for legal expenses it incurred according to AAP. The proponent managed to serve court documents on Burragubba during his December 10 performance at the Queen Street Mall.
Home will stay shackled
As a result of the court ruling Burragubba’s property will remain shackled until he finishes repaying all costs incurred from his legal actions that repeatedly delayed the project from proceeding.
In a July court appearance Burragubba accused the proponent of trying to silence him through forcing him into bankruptcy.