Employment of local Aboriginal people at Newmont’s Tanami operations appear to be mostly in positions peripheral to the actual gold mining that requires a highly-paid and readily transferable skill set. Yet traditional owners are the major beneficiaries of the royalties worth tens of millions of dollars while their communities are plagued by enduring unemployment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGES courtesy Newmont.
UPDATE January 15, 2020
Royalties are considered as income when paid to an individual, a spokeswoman for the Australian Government Department of Human Services stated today in response to enquiries from the Alice Springs News.