LAPFF hears from community devastated by Rio Tinto explosion

July 20th 2020

Human Rights


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Two Aboriginal women affected by Rio Tinto’s destruction of invaluable Aboriginal cultural heritage sites attended a LAPFF and Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) webinar this month.

Professor Marcia Langton AO, of the University of Melbourne, and Karrina Nolan, Executive Director of Original Power, discussed the devastating impact of Rio Tinto’s actions in the Juukan Gorge, which destroyed two sacred caves.

Professor Langton revealed the damage Rio’s operations in Western Australia have caused to both cultural heritage and the Aboriginal culture.

Both the Australian government and Rio Tinto have since launched a parliamentary enquiry into the Juukan Gorge disaster, which has far reaching consequences for archaeological science globally.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Chair of Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, said:

“This event shows the importance of having investors hear from community members to better protect human rights, minimise environmental harm, and create sustainable companies to invest in. Rio Tinto’s presence in Western Australia has already had devastating consequences and I hope that the Forum’s engagement with all parties affected will encourage more responsible activity from mining companies in the future.”