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Miners accused of cultural ‘genocide’ at Rio Tinto’s cave blast inquiry – Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian mining sector’s treatment of traditional owners has been labelled ‘incremental genocide’ during an inquiry into Rio Tinto’s cave blast crisis.



“You have destroyed significant heritage for humanity. Saying sorry is one very important matter. And it seems to me that your future reputation will swing very much, as will other companies’ on how they behave to First Nations peoples.”
Devastated traditional owners of the culturally significant Juukan Gorge site, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) people, told the inquiry this week they were suffering immense “spiritual, emotional and physical pain”.
Mr Jacques, along with Rio’s hea…

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