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New PDF release: Aboriginals and the Mining Industry. Case Studies of the

By David Cousins

ISBN-10: 1742696503

ISBN-13: 9781742696508

Aboriginals and the Mining Industry stories the participation of Aborigines in mining corporation employment. It examines the contribution of land rights laws to keeping Aboriginal pursuits, and it asks how some distance the expansion of mining in distant elements of Australia has aided the industrial improvement of Aboriginal teams dwelling there. particular case reports of mining initiatives are included.

In 1973, Peter Rogers concluded that 'Australia has no longer performed itself justice within the dealing with of recent as opposed to Aborigines conflict... the inability of preparation... is a shame to govt, inner most companies and unions alike'.

What has occurred considering the fact that then? Aboriginals and the mining industry reports 3 major questions - to what volume have Aboriginals shared within the culmination of the mining increase? Have new land rights helped Aboriginals safeguard their pursuits as stricken by mining? And what has been the contribution of mining to the industrial improvement of remote...

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It is not necessarily a case of mining organizations having to fight their way into hostile territory.  . But they want a say in controlling this technology when it affects their lives. 5 In the years since the Rogers study, there have been great changes in the industry and the political environment affecting Aboriginals. Especially important has been federal government adoption of self-determination rather than assimilation policies and granting of land rights. These developments justify a review of the useful work by Rogers.

Our study has tried to ascertain how far the position has changed since the late 1960s, when Rogers wrote his book. In this chapter we review our findings of Aboriginal employment in mining. Employment and training The case studies show that Aboriginals play only a small part in the operations of major mining companies. 1 gives details. 6 per cent of the total workforce of the companies examined, even though they were previously the dominant group in all areas where mining now occurs except Mount Isa, Port Hedland and (to a lesser extent) the Argyle region.

It was probably greatest at Groote Eylandt, but also substantial at Weipa. There was a ready availability of non-Aboriginal local labour at Nhulunbuy (reducing the relative cost advantage of Aboriginal labour). In the Alligator Rivers region the difference was minimal, because of the greater ease of recruiting non-Aboriginal labour from Darwin and because the companies provided accommodation for their Aboriginal workers. At Port Hedland, Newman and Mount Isa there did not appear to be any cost savings from hiring Aboriginal workers in preference to non-Aboriginals.

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