Rio Tinto State Agreement

Strict corporate governance and benefit management structures have been put in place to ensure the proper implementation of the agreements. Since the signing of the agreements, YMAC has assisted the five groups in appointing agents and has created its own companies that meet the requirements of the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) and the Corporation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). With the power to open all agreements to the control of transparency and fairness, Rio Tinto will only be able to be the industry leader they claim to be. These agreements were the result of years of in-depth negotiations between the groups represented by YMAC and the Rio Tinto iron ore group. The final agreements give Rio Tinto the security of its existing and future activities in the areas covered by the five national title claim groups. The power imbalance between Rio Tinto`s negotiating team and traditional owners is enormous. Rio Tinto`s rights still have a precedent vis-à-vis traditional owners. Aboriginal cultural sites can only be protected if Rio Tinto consents. There is no autonomy in conserving, protecting or minimizing the impact on sites. Rio Tinto`s iron ore projects were on a list of major projects announced by the government in June, and the VA was the first state to announce that it would pursue a bilateral licensing agreement. Both governments said formal negotiations had begun in August.

In August, the government introduced legislation to set up „one-stop shops“ at the state level before Samuel completed the review of national laws, and Rio asked federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley to review a bilateral approval agreement between the two governments „as a matter of priority,“ as outlined in a letter Guardian Australia has received under freedom of information laws. He told Ley that environmental processes were „robust“ and that an agreement between the federal government and the federal states would reduce costs and time for the industry „without jeopardizing environmental regulation.“ Our integrated iron ore network is supported by our Perth Operations Centre, a state-of-the-art facility that operates all autonomous trucks, trains and drills in our mines, ports and rail systems from a single site. The centre has visualization and collaboration tools to provide real-time information on our global route and allows us to optimize our mining, maintenance and logistics activities throughout the Pilbara in a way never before possible. In 2011, four Pilbara native winners signed full native title contracts with Rio Tinto Eisenerz. In 2012 followed a fifth group, Yinhawangka. On November 27, McGowan requested a bilateral approval agreement with the federal government.

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