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Statement on Art Gallery of WA protest

Statement from Raelene Cooper, Mardudhunera woman and former Chair of the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, on the protest at the WA Art Gallery this week:

“I saw the protest at the art gallery on the news and I thought it was very courageous. Some people were asking why can’t they leave the art alone. That’s exactly how we feel about what Woodside is doing to our rock art, and our sacred songlines and the plants and animals on the Burrup. The toxic emissions must be sending them a bit crazy or blind if they can’t see the damage the Burrup Hub is doing to our art, our culture and our environment. The animals and plants on the Burrup are dying and the rock art is disappearing before our eyes. How can there be so much fuss about some temporary spray paint on a single piece of art from 100 years ago when Woodside are spraying their emissions all around the oldest, largest art gallery on planet earth? Murujuga holds the stories and songlines of our people going back more than 50,000 years. Woodside need to stop destroying our art.”

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