In 1973, Peter Rogers concluded that 'Australia has not done itself justice in the handling of modern industry versus Aborigines conflict. the lack of preparation. is a disgrace to government, private organisations and unions alike'.
What has happened since then? Aboriginals and the mining industry reviews three main questions - to what extent have Aboriginals shared in the fruits of the mining boom? Have new land rights helped Aboriginals protect their interests as affected by mining? And what has been the contribution of mining to the economic development of remote Aboriginal communities? These are vital questions for all concerned with the impact of mining expansion on Aboriginal communities.
This book reviews the participation of Aborigines in the mining company employment. It examines the contribution of the recent land rights legislation to protecting Aboriginal interests. And it asks how far the growth of mining in remote parts of Australia has aided the economic development of Aboriginal groups living there. Detailed case studies of mining projects included.
Table of Contents
1 Aboriginal employment in mining: an overview
2 Bauxite mining at Weipa
3 Mount Isa Mines Limited
4 Bauxite mining and processing at Gove Peninsula
5 Manganese mining on Groote Eylandt
6 Uranium mining in the Alligator Rivers region
7 Iron ore mining in the Pilbara
8 Mineral exploration in the Kimberley and the Argyle diamond project
9 Conclusions and government policy implications
The authors have a wide range of teaching, research and publishing experience on the Australian economy. DAVID COUSINS has focused his research on the economics of consumer welfare and applied industry studies, his latest publication being Aboriginal Unemployment in Australia. JOHN NIEUWENHUYSEN has produced a number of books on economic and industrial policy, including Australian Economic Policy and Australia: Competitive and Prices Policy (with N. Norman).