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What's wrong in West Papua? Rio Tinto must be held accountable, says leading Australian journalist

Published by MAC on 2006-06-29


What's wrong in West Papua? Rio Tinto must be held accountable, says leading Australian journalist

by Kenneth Davidson, The Age

29th June 2006

An article in Australia's leading "liberal" (not liberal party) newspaper, The Age, has made a direct connection between government backing for the Indonesian government, and the "refugee crisis" and directly indicts the Grasberg mine as a prime cause of that crisis. Senior columnist, Kenneth Davidson, also makes it clear that the devastation and conflict in the mining area must be ascribed to Rio Tinto, as well as Freeport, and that the Australian government must exercise its "leverage over Rio Tinto" to ensure that these impacts do not continue.

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