The number of Australian mining companies in Africa is booming, but at what cost to local people and the environment?

The number of Australian mining companies in Africa is booming, but at what cost to local people and the environment?

Read an interesting and good solid piece on Australian mining's double standards on human rights and practices in Africa. Justine Nolan, Acting Director of the AHRCentre, commented in the article that "In Australia, we're basically saying, 'We trust you to report on what you think is right. And we have enough proof that that doesn't work." Nolan was among those who recommended that Parliament adopt mandatory reporting and clear guidance on when companies should disclose social and environmental issues. "What happens is that everything keeps getting swept under the rug," says Nolan, "and you have the opportunity for companies to just say, 'That's not our business. Yes, this is our mine and it would never have happened but for the mine being there, but, still, we're not responsible.' "

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/danger-under-ground-20150710-gi8opb.h...

 

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