In addition to CRA, which holds a They feel that, by , AJV will be the largest diamond mine in the world and that Australia will eclipse Zaire as the world's greatest producer of diamonds. Total world production in was 50 million carats. Under Australian law, owning the land does not give rights to the minerals under the surface - those rights lie with the government, to use as it sees fit, for the best for the people of Australia as a whole.
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The Ashton partners, in their quest for better and better public relations, have taken good advantage of W. Citing this, CRA claims it has an agreement with the traditional owners at Argyle. The agreement was welcomed by former Aboriginal Affairs Minister Chaney as a case of successful negotiation between a mining company and an Aboriginal group. This agreement has been opposed by the KLC and the other Aborigines in the area. A survey undertaken by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies AIAS found that more than 50 Aborigines, from several communities, had some form of traditional claim to the area.
The KLC objects to the agreement, which was reached in only three weeks and brings in royalties of only 0. They also point out that it compares unfavorably with compensation packages elsewhere in Australia: the Ranger uranium agreement in the Northern Territory took over a year to negotiate and provides Aborigines with royalties of 4. The KLC insists that the agreement is not binding on any of the other Aboriginal communities, and has called on CRA to renegotiate, with all of the traditional owners who will be affected by the mining.
CRA also rejected the claims that the agreement was reached hastily, without adequate legal advice, and without consultation with all of the traditional owners of the area. Walker claimed that the signees of the agreement acted on behalf of 34 of the 36 adult traditional owners identified in the AIAS report. This claim has been disputed by Michael Dillon, who was then advisor to the Aboriginal community at Turkey Creek - the base of many of the traditional owners. He said that of the 34 people at the meeting which he "crashed" , 15 were not traditional owners; thus, there were 17 adult traditional owners not present at the meeting.
In addition, Dillon says, there was no legal council for the Aborigines, at the meeting, and he felt that many "didn't grasp the implications of what they were signing away. Currently, the Ashton partners seem satisfied keeping this agreement and relying on their public relations program to shift opinion to their side; it is apparent that, in the absence of legal means, to force them to negotiate a new agreement will require a massive shift of public opinion away from them. I can see no advantage in "arrangements in which Australian diamond discoveries only serve to strengthen a South African monopoly" - Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
Most Australians who agree that mining should benefit the country as a whole also agree that the diamonds will benefit no one unless they are sold somewhere. Here, though, agreement ends; there is considerable debate as to how these gems should be marketed. The Ashton partners, and the W. The Federal government, though, as a member of the Commonwealth, officially opposes any association with DeBeers, or any other South African firm, because of that country's policy of apartheid.
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Despite this official policy, Prime Minister Fraser has indicated a willingness to leave the decision up to the Ashton partners and the W. This is unfortunate. DeBeers already has unusual power over the world's diamond market. It is widely believed that the recent drop in diamond prices, especially of industrial stones, was a "punitive action" instigated by DeBeers against Zaire when that country withdrew from the CSO; Zaire was forced to cut its production from more than ten million carats annually to around six million NYT.
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Economically, it is DeBeers that actually stands to win or lose the most with the Ashton partners' decision. If Australia markets its diamonds elsewhere, the world's three largest diamond producers - presumably Australia, Zaire, and the Soviet Union - would be outside the CSO; combined, they could market well over half the natural industrial diamonds sold every year. There are, also, synthetic industrial diamonds, of which DeBeers markets about 45 percent and the US's General Electric, 40 percent.
How low would, or could, DeBeers allow the price to fall in its fit of retribution? Within a few years, Australia, acting independently, might have greater control of the industrial diamond market than even DeBeers. If Ashton does sell to DeBeers, the South African firm's control of the diamond market would be enormously reinforced; simply by stockpiling Australian diamonds they could keep the price artificially high while protecting their own future. They would also be free to flood the market, and thus smash the diamond industry in Zaire, if they chose.
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