By David Cousins
Aboriginals and the Mining Industry reports the participation of Aborigines in mining corporation employment. It examines the contribution of land rights laws to retaining Aboriginal pursuits, and it asks how some distance the expansion of mining in distant components of Australia has aided the commercial improvement of Aboriginal teams residing there. unique case experiences of mining initiatives are included.
In 1973, Peter Rogers concluded that 'Australia has now not performed itself justice within the dealing with of contemporary as opposed to Aborigines conflict... the inability of preparation... is a shame to executive, inner most organizations and unions alike'.
What has occurred due to the fact then? Aboriginals and the mining industry reports 3 major questions - to what volume have Aboriginals shared within the end result of the mining growth? Have new land rights helped Aboriginals shield their pursuits as plagued by mining? And what has been the contribution of mining to the industrial improvement of remote...
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Extra resources for Aboriginals and the Mining Industry. Case Studies of the Australian Experience
Inevitably the study relied on the co-operation of the companies; in all instances willing assistance was received. Most information was obtained during a two-month field trip in June–July 1982 though other sources were also consulted where available. To ensure different perspectives, Aboriginals and government officials were also interviewed when possible. The approach is obviously not merely descriptive. We have also sought to explain the situations observed. As with all social sciences, value judgements are very hard, if not impossible, to avoid, but interpretations are based on the information assembled for the case studies.
Objectives of the study Many issues arise from interaction between Aboriginals and the mining industry. What will be the impact for Aboriginals of mining on their physical and social environment and on their freedom to pursue chosen lifestyles? Will they receive adequate compensation? The companies are generally intent to minimise any adverse impact on Aboriginals, but they frequently seem uncertain how to achieve this. Governments have also tried to ensure that Aboriginals participate in the fruits of mining development.
At the newer established mines of RUM and QML, the likelihood of employment and training opportunities for Aboriginals has probably been increased since companies were required to negotiate formal agreements before mining. The desire to maintain a favourable public image seems to have influenced the AJV in a similar way. The case studies have considered the reasons why Aboriginals only account for a small proportion of mining company employment. This helps explain the observed differences between companies.
Aboriginals and the Mining Industry. Case Studies of the Australian Experience by David Cousins