In Australia (Update – Sept 2020)

n.b. Three of the most senior RTZ managers have been resigned following protests about the destruction of the 46,000 year old sacred site at Juukan Gorge, in Pilbara, Australia). The executives retain their rights to any outstanding remuneration due under the terms of their employment contracts.


White out continues

RTZ apology

Not due anytime


n.b. 16,000 year old Aboriginal site has been destroyed, with government permission(!), despite pleas of the local indigenous population.

Notice of the blasting of the sacred site as part of the expansion of the Brockman 4 iron ore mine in Western Australia was given to the Puutu Kunti Kumarra and Pinikura people a whole 9 days before the work of desecration began on 15th May, 2020.

Mr Chris Salisbury and his colleagues at RTZ rub salt in the wounds of traditional “owners” of the sites by apologising “for the distress caused.” (for British readers and followers of Alexander Johnson’s incompetent government, note the use of the meaningless term “world class” in the company statement in the RTZ link above).

What is this, apologising for people’s reactions to harm and damage done by the apologiser? A person cannot apologise for another’s feelings, (see Priti Patel, UK Home Secretary’s recent performance, apologising for “people feeling” government has failed to provide NHS workers with adequate personal protection equipment.

A paper exercise, called “an enquiry” by Rio Tinto Zinc will follow this “misunderstanding” in the Hamersley Ranges of Western Australia.




  1. Sabiscuit says:

    I can’t imagine how painful that must have been to witness. It wasn’t reported on the news here so another unjust goes unnoticed.

    1. The actions of Rio Tinto have been equated to the destruction of historic sites by the Taliban. Remember how Parisians responded to the accidental fire in Paris that ruined Notre Dame? What the corporation has so cynically done is shocking. Respect for the Aboriginal and Torres Straight people is paper thin.

      It is interesting to note what’s reported in our media around the world, isn’t it? Whoever decides what is reported and what is spiked holds great power.

      Thank you for reading and your comment.

      1. Sabiscuit says:

        The Taliban’s destruction of historic sites still pains me. I am Buddhist, so my friends were calling to console me when it happened. It was like watching yourself explode.

        I was educated in Australia and have heard first hand from Aboriginal people what they are going through. My heart goes out to them. What burns is that the Australian media was active in the United States reporting on riots, marches and protests, when that was going on at home.

        In one report, a journalist jumped in front of rubber bullets to feel the impact for the audience. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. Considering what I am learning now, I was correct in my assessment that it was all an act to catch ratings.

      2. Many journalists love the idea of being war reporters and like to be close to the action. I remember the controversy in Northern Ireland during the time Bobby Sands was starving himself to death in the H Block dirty blanket protest, when a French TV crew was alleged to have paid some local lads to throw bricks at the police and British army. The problem with the sites in WA is that WA is a desert and visiting a “world class” iron ore mine would be a bit of a drag.

        I was shocked when visiting Sydney and Melbourne at the number of Aboriginal people (men and women) on the streets and sleeping rough in the parks – particularly down by Central Station in Sydney.

        The issue in Australia is not just racism, but the complete clash of cultures. The nomadic people of Australia make no claims to property, but hold the land and sites as sacred. The British colonialisation of the continent was all about staking out fences and exploiting the natural world, not living in it. The indigenous peoples of the Americas and Africa are seen as an affront to the principles (ha!) of capital and property acquisition. The destruction of their heritage and the degradation of the environment is the price of now being in the free market. Without a currency that is accepted in the market place they have nothing seen of value by capitalists

        So for Australian journalists the appeal of a trip to the USA is far greater and there are people living a great drama for the TV screens.

      3. Sabiscuit says:

        An important reminder that “value” changes meaning from a traditional perspective. I appreciate your vigilance and your advocacy. I hope that more of us will continue to point out these issues for others to notice.

      4. Good to be in touch with you.

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