Category: Australia

Bouganville against mine

OPPOSITION to re-opening of the mine at Panguna by the Autonomous Bougainville Government is slowly gaining momentum in Central Bougainville. Many community leaders feel that this is not the time to talk about mining. Meanwhile, the ABG has been asked to consider other industries togenerate revenue for its operation...

NT miners fined for desecrating Aboriginal site

A mining company has been convicted and fined over the desecration of an Aboriginal sacred site in the Northern Territory in a historic ruling.In a landmark case, a mining company has been fined for desecrating an Aboriginal sacred site in the Northern Territory. The Darwin Magistrates Court ruled that...

MPI Mining Monitor – July 2013

Papua New Guinea Special July’s mining monitor is a Papua New Guinea [PNG] special, inspired, or perhaps driven by the sudden focus on PNG due to the political crisis surrounding boat arrivals. But let’s start with some good news – MPI’s PNG documentary, Hidden Valley, has been selected for...

Rudd’s hard-line approach will be disastrous

The plan to send all boat-arriving asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea — and to resettle there all who qualify as genuine refugees — is a cynical abandonment by Australia of its responsibilities under the UN refugee convention, one that can be considered only a ploy for votes in...

PNG Cannot Afford This Policy

How will refugees resettle in PNG? Without clan or lineage links they won’t be able to own rural land or be integrated into many social structures, writes Pacific scholar Kristian Lasslett It is hard to digest Prime Minister Rudd’s policy announcement that refugees seeking asylum in Australia will be...

Mudd on MPI – 2012 Chair’s Report

Across Australia, the mining industry remains in full swing – from coal mining and coal seam gas projects across eastern Australia, to a renewed gold industry in Western Australia, massive iron ore expansions in the Pilbara and several new iron ore projects in WA and South Australia, major new...

PNG: Power, Privilege and Denial

The mining industry in PNG has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years with the establishment of PNG Mine Watch and Act Now along with efforts from international community based organisations. Confronted and affronted by the glaring disparity in the benefits obtained by ex-pats and locals, PNG  communities are...

Firms use tax money for aid projects

WEALTHY resource companies operating overseas are tapping into Australian taxpayer funds to set up aid projects potentially benefiting their corporate social responsibility credentials. Aid and mining watchdogs have expressed concerns about the practice, arguing the corporations are wealthy enough to bankroll their own aid and that linking donations to...