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 a ways the expansion of mining in distant elements of Australia has aided the commercial improvement of Aboriginal teams residing there. distinctive case experiences of mining tasks 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 executive, deepest corporations 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 culmination of the mining growth? Have new land rights helped Aboriginals guard their pursuits as suffering from mining? And what has been the contribution of mining to the industrial improvement of remote...
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P Nieuwenhuysen ‘Aboriginal Unemployment in Australia’ Committee for Economic Development of Australia, CEDA Information Paper Melbourne, May 1983 4 P. H. Rogers The Industrialists and the Aborigines: A Study of Aboriginal Employment in the Australian Mining Industry Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1973 5 ibid. p. 132 6 Senator The Hon. Peter Baume ‘Land Rights: Decade of Achievement’ Press Release, 31 October 1981 7 Department of Aboriginal Affairs Aboriginal Land Rights in the Northern Territory Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1979, p.
It is difficult to understand the attitudes of some Aboriginals at Weipa today, without appreciation of this historical background.
If there is a more ready supply of local non-Aboriginal labour, the cost advantages in favour of Aboriginal labour may not be as great, particularly if the prospective employees, for example relatives or friends of existing workers, are already housed in company accomodation. The actual cost advantage of employing local Aboriginal labour seemed to vary between the different mining operations. 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).
Aboriginals and the Mining Industry. Case Studies of the Australian Experience by David Cousins