Yesterday Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson announced his resignation as director of the Cape York Institute. Pearson cited the Queensland State Government's decision to preserve three Cape York regions under the 'wild rivers' legislation as the reason behind his decision to quit, saying Premier Anna Bligh's decision to protect the Cape areas will prevent Indigenous groups from engaging in small-scale development that is necessary to provide jobs and boost living standards.

Alex Mitchell argues Pearson's resignation is a tragic loss:

Noel Pearson’s decision to resign as a director of the Cape York Institute in protest against the Bligh Government’s decision to lock up the area’s "wild rivers" is tragic.  The upside is that the articulate, intelligent and forceful Aboriginal leader will be making a very welcome return to grass roots politics. That’s where he does his best work.