Juukan Gorge Hoax used to motivate the Western Australian Cultural Heritage Act

Juukan Gorge Hoax used to motivate the Western Australian Cultural Heritage Act. By Josephine Cashman, an indigenous lawyer and former crown prosecutor. She is “a victim advocate 20yrs+ turned whistleblower” — “I UN-covered a plot to use indigenous rights as a device to asset-strip the west.”

Australia’s population faces severe consequences due to the enforcement of new legislation on UN “aboriginal cultural heritage.” These laws were unjustly implemented in Western Australia and subsequently expanded nationwide. The parliamentary inquiry and media frenzy surrounding the Juukan sacred site hoax led to this outcome. …

The facts:

The PKKP Native Title Corporation (PKKP) represents the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People. From 2003 to 2020, they engaged in negotiations concerning Juukan.

[Large mining Company Rio Tinto] provided over $14 million to ensure unbiased legal counsel for the local Aboriginal corporation. This funding covered expert assistance, legal fees, and resulted in legally binding agreements and monetary recompense.


The Juukan Gorge is 400 meters long and 70 meters wide, in northern Western Australia


The Juukan rock shelter had little archaeological value. Many similar caves are common in the Pilbara area. Skilled professionals excavated the Juukan “artefacts” and determined they were primarily fossilised animal excrement (dung). The significance of these artefacts was solely due to their age. …

Juukan was not recognised as a sacred site from 2003 to 2020. No cave paintings were found nearby at Juukan, nor were any cultural ceremonies reported there. It was not on the Aboriginal-identified list of 16 culturally important sites. In 2009, 2014, and 2015, local Aboriginal women and men carried out an excavation campaign
to clear Juukan caves. Neither gender holds Juukan as sacred. Juukan artefacts are stored on site. The local Aboriginal corporation never claim the artefacts they were paid to remove. …

For a span of 17 years, the Native Title Corporation, acting on behalf of the local Aboriginal community, was aware of the plan to destroy Juukan Caves but did not voice any objection.

On October 3, 2013, Rio Tinto sent an email to the local Native Title Corporation, attaching an initial proposal to the Western Australian Government for the demolition of Juukan (approved by Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh). The email also included various documents highlighting the involvement of experts and dialogues with representatives from the local Aboriginal corporation. On October 17, 2013, Rio officially notified the Native Title Corporation of their intention to detonate the Juukan site.

In December 2013, the Western Australian Government granted approval to Rio’s request to demolish the Juukan site.

Heather Builth assumed the role of PKKP manager in January 2019.

On 13 May 2020, a total of 382 blast holes were drilled into the Juukan site and then loaded with liquid explosives and an electronic detonator.

Builth’s email on 18 May 2020 declared that PKKP Juukan Gorge had acquired cultural significance. The Juukan Caves were now of great importance. Rio Tinto sought the assistance of external experts to extract the liquid explosives from the blast holes at Juukan. The endeavour proved unsuccessful and lasted for a duration of 10 hours.

Sham inquiry:

Warren Entsch MP from the LNP and Senator Anthony Chisholm from Labour led a sham inquiry aimed at disseminating untrue details regarding the Juukan Gorge. …

The committee received extensively cited submissions that revealed factual evidence from a member of the public, yet this information has not been made publicly accessible. The committee’s decision to keep this information confidential raises suspicions about their accountability in this matter; it surpasses willful blindness. …

The activist:

[The] committee should have thoroughly examined Heather Builth’s sudden realisation of the significance of Juukan caves.

The assertion made by Builth during the Parliamentary inquiry, regarding her inability to contact anyone at Rio Tinto in the days leading up to the explosion, went unchallenged. … She had been employed by Rio Tinto for more than three years, from May 2018 until August 2021. … She was still a Rio Tinto employee at the time when the Juukan blast occurred …

Heather Builth has a history of dishonesty.

In a publication from 2008, Heather Builth argued that indigenous communities came up with solutions to combat climate change pre-1788. According to Builth, the Lake Condah fish traps located in the Western District of Victoria (Budj Bim) were instrumental in achieving sustainable development in aquaculture. According to Bruce Pascoe and Builth, Aboriginal tribes embraced agriculture rather than relying on hunting and gathering. … UNESCO relied on Builth’s discredited research to make the claim that Budj Bim Lake is the oldest system of aquatic farming worldwide. …


Builth’s misconduct led to including UNESCO’s “intangible cultural heritage” in Australian legislation. World Economic Forum leaders expressed satisfaction with international interference through UNESCO’s intangible cultural authoritarianism.

The intangible aspect is grounded in emotions, viewpoints, or intentions, rather than verifiable facts. …

Juukan serves as a tool to advance Agenda 21/Agenda 2030/UNDRIP, enabling control over the land and its people, leading to the cessation of farming and development. …

By 2030, approximately 80% of Australian land will be under UN Native Title24, prohibiting private property rights. The United Nations created the Native Title Act to introduce this agenda. This means that up to 80% of the nation can be designated as sacred, like Juukan. …

The money:

Enormous fees mandated by the aboriginal cultural heritage law are funnelled into the corrupt Native Title Corporation, resulting in the demise of struggling Australian businesses.

These fees are paid to impede development. The Native Title Corporation designates private property as sacred land and imposes restrictions on any activities conducted on it. No supervision or impartial procedure exists to verify these assertions.

By the end of 2022, Rio Tinto and the Aboriginal corporation reached an agreement regarding compensation for the Juukan blast incident. Did Heather Builth, who was a manager at that time, receive any form of payment for her involvement?

The specific financial details have not been disclosed, but I have been informed that the amount exceeds $850M. This compensation is in addition to the royalties already received which, based on my assessment, amount to approximately $200M.

It is truly remarkable to contemplate the fact that Rio Tinto acquired a site that was not considered sacred and legally executed an explosion.

You wouldn’t know any of that from listening to the ABC news here in Western Australia, where they frequently mention Juukan George and last month’s Cultural Heritage Act that was the government’s response to Juukan Gorge.

hat-tip Buzzwart