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Corporate, risk, mining camps and knowledge/power

Carrington, Kerry (2013) Corporate, risk, mining camps and knowledge/power. In Carrington, K., Ball, M., O’Brien, E., & Tauri, J. (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy : International Perspectives. Palgrave MacMillan, London, pp. 295-314.

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Abstract

Australia is currently in the midst of a major resources boom. However the benefits from the boom are unevenly distributed, with state governments collecting billions in royalties, and mining companies billions in profits. The costs are borne mostly at a local level by regional communities on the frontier of the mining boom, surrounded by thousands of men housed in work camps. The escalating reliance on non–resident workers housed in camps carries significant risks for individual workers, host communities and the provision of human services and infrastructure. These include rising rates of fatigue–related death and injuries, rising levels of alcohol–fuelled violence, illegally erected and unregulated work camps, soaring housing costs and other costs of living, and stretched basic infrastructure undermining the sustainability of these towns. But these costs have generally escaped industry, government and academic scrutiny. This chapter directs a critical gaze at the hopelessly compromised industry–funded research vital to legitimating the resource sector’s self–serving knowledge claims that it is committed to social sustainability and corporate responsibility. The chapter divides into two parts. The first argues that post–industrial mining regimes mask and privatise these harms and risks, shifting them on to workers, families and communities. The second part links the privatisation of these risks with the political economy of privatised knowledge embedded in the approvals process for major resource sector projects.

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ID Code: 50397
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Corporate Risk, Mining Boom, Work Camps, Criminological risk of mining camps
ISBN: 9781137008688
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Authors
Copyright Statement: The authors have asserted their rights to be identified as the authors of of this work in accordance with Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988.
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2012 11:01
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2013 13:49

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