By David Cousins
Aboriginals and the Mining Industry stories the participation of Aborigines in mining corporation employment. It examines the contribution of land rights laws to preserving Aboriginal pursuits, and it asks how a ways the expansion of mining in distant elements of Australia has aided the industrial improvement of Aboriginal teams residing there. precise case experiences of mining initiatives are included.
In 1973, Peter Rogers concluded that 'Australia has no longer performed itself justice within the dealing with of contemporary as opposed to Aborigines conflict... the shortcoming of preparation... is a shame to govt, deepest enterprises and unions alike'.
What has occurred considering the fact that then? Aboriginals and the mining industry studies 3 major questions - to what quantity have Aboriginals shared within the end result of the mining increase? Have new land rights helped Aboriginals guard their pursuits as suffering from mining? And what has been the contribution of mining to the commercial improvement of remote...
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Many Aboriginals may feel that Cousins and Nieuwenhuysen have been more generous to the industry than they might deserve. But the attempts of these authors to balance their presentation of the negative side of mining with the good for Aboriginal people, should have the effect of encouraging emulation of the more enlightened policies and programmes. Nevertheless, when so-called ‘benefits’ are weighed against the costs of mining to Aboriginal society and the enormous profits which the industry has amassed for itself over the years, it cannot be denied that we are still a long way from seeing a balancing of the scales.
2 He highlighted as contributing to this position inadequate government, company and union policies. Governments were viewed as lacking a co-ordinated plan and commitment to an improved socio-economic status for Aboriginals, and industrialists were seen as only mildly concerned about Aboriginal employment and unwilling to accept enough responsibility for economic development of nearby communities. Positive union influence on Aboriginal employment conditions was considered minimal. Since the Rogers review, substantial new mineral discoveries have been made and other major projects have begun in regions previously dominated by Aboriginals.
They cannot be viewed in isolation. Companies with stronger incentives to employ Aboriginals seem, for example, to be more willing to accommodate Aboriginal cultural differences in employment and training policies, and this may enhance Aboriginal work motivation. Companies may be more willing to employ Aboriginals if they observe strong work motivation and so on. With these complex and subtle interactions, it is difficult to reach precise conclusions on reasons for the limited involvement of Aboriginals in the mining industry.
Aboriginals and the Mining Industry. Case Studies of the Australian Experience by David Cousins