TI­TLE FIGHT

THE GREAT PHI­LAN­THROPIST VS THE PEO­PLE OF THE PIL­BARA

The Saturday Paper - - Life -

“While multi­na­tional com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the Pil­bara have paid the 0.5% roy­alty and helped set up trust funds to man­age the money, the Yind­jibarndi are up against Aus­tralia’s Fortes­cue Met­als Group, founded by An­drew ‘Twiggy’ For­rest, which dis­misses these pay­ments as sit-down money or ‘min­ing wel­fare’. Some of Fortes­cue’s early deals in­volved com­pen­sa­tion of a few cents per tonne, or about one-twen­ti­eth of the in­dus­try stan­dard. This ap­proach saves Fortes­cue a lot of money, and has also led to the com­pany min­ing Yind­jibarndi coun­try with­out pay­ing any com­pen­sa­tion to the Yind­jibarndi Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion.”

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