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'Horrific' cases of sexual abuse unearthed in Oz mining probe: Report

The probe delves into the dark corners of an industry that's under mounting pressure from investors, governments and society to address its impacts on local communities and the wider environment

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Allegations of abuse were also received at projects operated by Woodside Petroleum, Fortescue Metals Group, and Chevron.

A landmark inquiry into Australia’s mining sector has uncovered dozens of shocking cases of sexual harassment and abuse of women workers at companies including BHP Group and Rio Tinto Group.

The Western Australia government report released Thursday described “horrific” incidents at the workplaces, which it labelled both a failure of the industry and an oversight by government. Among recommendations were the payment of compensation to the many workers who became victims of bosses and colleagues on remote projects.

“I was shocked and appalled well beyond expectation by the size and depth of the problem,” Libby Mettam, chair of the inquiry, said in

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First Published: Jun 24 2022 | 2:20 AM IST

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