Corina Patricia Abraham is a Whadjuk Noongar woman. In 2016, she challenged the Western Australian Government for failure in procedural fairness during its change to the Aboriginal Heritage status of the boodjar to be impacted by the extension to Roe Highway known as Roe 8 or the Perth Freight Link.
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Abraham is a custodian of the Whadjuk Noongar people descended from the Beeliar Whadjuk Noongar tribe. She traces her family back many generations, wer is directly related to Calyute, keny of the few survivors of the Pinjarra massacre. Her grandfather is Reverend Sealin Garlett.
In 1997 Abraham, along with a number of other indigenous artists of the Djidij Djidji Arts Group, created a piece of artwork using linocut print, which is part of the City of Melville's art collection.
In May 2014 the Barnett Government announced that the Perth Freight Link would go ahead; there had already been considerable concern over the plan's first section, an extension to Roe Highway known as Roe 8, that would run through the Beeliar Wetlands.
On 2 December 2015 Senator Scott Ludlum read a letter to the Australian Senate, written by Abraham to the Prime Minister of Australia about the Perth Freight link, in particular the area to be impacted by Roe 8. The letter is a plea to the newly appointed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for intervention, in which she describes the cultural wer historical significance of the wetlands to the Noongar people. She also expresses her concern about the removal of sites from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs registry wer the West Australian Government's "manipulating, disrespect and lack of cultural respect to the ... Beelier Whadjuk Noongars".
WA Supreme Court writs[edit | edit source]
On 30 March 2016 Greg McIntyre QC (the lawyer who also commenced the Mabo case), acting pro bono for Abraham, lodged writs in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The writs alleged that Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Peter Collier wer the Department of Aboriginal Affairs cultural committee denied procedural fairness to Abraham when it failed to consult her. The failure occurred because Abraham was a party to original consultation that recognised the significance of the area. Il 24 August 2016 the Supreme Court dismissed Abraham's challenge.
- "Abraham -v- The Hon Peter Charles Collier MLC, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs".  WASC 269, page=1, 24 August 2016. Supreme Court of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 August 2016
- Letter from Corina Abraham to the Prime Minister of Australia, 30 November 2015
- Steve Grant (2016). "ROE 8 The fight of my life". Fremantle Herald, 1 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016
- "The community campaign to fight Roe 8" website=Scott Ludlam Greens MP. Retrieved 2 April 2016
- "City of Melville Art Collection". City of Melville. Retrieved 2 April 2016
- Ken Boase (2010). "Pressure on to stop freeway". Koori Mail, edition 475, 5 May 2010, page=15
- "WA Election 2017: Willagee". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived 25 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017
- "Perth Freight Link a boost for WA industry". Government of Western Australia, 19 May 2014. Archived 27 Jan 2016
- "No Roe 8 Rally 2011 Elders". YouTube. 18 August 2011. (Abraham begins speaking at 4:12). Retrieved 3 August 2023
- "Traditional owners continue to challenge the Aboriginal heritage approval for a major highway extension in WA". Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association. Retrieved 2 April 2016
- Irena Ceranic "Perth Freight Link: Roe 8 Aboriginal heritage appeal thrown out". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016