Rio Tinto just paying lip service, say indigenous Australians

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Rio Tinto just paying lip service, say indigenous Australians

Mining giant pledges better communication with aboriginal groups as investors monitor the industry closely

Melanie Burton and Rashmi Ashok

An Australian Aboriginal group on whose lands Rio Tinto Ltd mines for iron ore said that heritage reforms Rio announced on Tuesday lacked detail and that it had yet to see an improved approach to cultural heritage management.

Rio Tinto outlined its plans earlier on Tuesday to improve its heritage management practices, 10 months after it destroyed 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia against the wishes of traditional owners, causing public outcry.

Rio said it would form an indigenous advisory group to help it understand issues affecting indigenous Australians, identify gaps in the company’s current protocols, provide a clear pathway to best practice and re-establish trust over time...

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