Don’t judge people for the choices they make when you …

Comment on Newmont gold mine: Aboriginal jobs, still trying by Frank Baarda.

Don’t judge people for the choices they make when you don’t know the options they had to choose from.
In the past I have been involved in trying to recruit Warlpiri workers for the Granites mines.
The mining companies don’t appear to be serious about local recruiting and certainly don’t make it easy. It is unfair to sheet the entire blame for the recruiting failure to the locals.
The glossy brochure with its fancy words and Newmont’s spin and PR does not hide the fact that they are unable or unwilling to answer simple questions. How many Warlpiri people are currently working at Tanami Operations? I suspect it is none.

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Newmont gold mine: Aboriginal jobs, still trying
The Alice Springs News’s question: “How many CALG people are working in the actual mining including drilling, blasting, transporting and processing ore, and what is their average time of employment?” proved too difficult for Newmont to answer.
I herewith submit a simpler question: How many Warlpiri people are currently working at Newmont’s Tanami Operations?
Simple question, simple answer. Just a number is all. Not holding my breath.


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@ Harry Storch: Thanks Harry.
As someone who lives on a community I’m getting annoyed by all these comments that see us to be the biggest threat.
If the genie gets out of the bottle it won’t be coming from communities.


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