The destruction by Rio Tinto of a 46,000-year-old aboriginal site is shocking and inexcusable. This needs to be a wake-up call for government and industry reform.
The current debate about ‘streamlining’ or ‘fast-tracking’ mining approvals must not lose sight of the protections the community and environment deserves.
Transparency International Australia is concerned about the Prime Minister’s stated plans to drastically reduce approval timeframes for complex projects.
It’s important for the mining approvals processes across Australia to have mechanisms in place to prevent corruption from occurring and ensure that the the sector is productive and trusted.
This summary of the larger report provides a useful overview of the corruption vulnerabilities in the mining approvals process, and provides a roadmap for better policy and practice in Australia.
This report documents the existing system of checks and balances that require transparency and accountability in the exploration license, and mining lease, approvals regime in Australia.
Through our research , we found that the NAIF processes for investment decision-making lack transparency, accountability and integrity. These weaknesses undermine public scrutiny of its decisions, give rise to conflicts of interests, and could result in companies with a history of noncompliance, criminal or corrupt behaviour gaining access to public funds.
We want to reduce the risk and incidence of corruption in the mining sector in Australia and internationally.