Australia inquiry says miners fail to protect women, backs offender register

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By Praveen Menon and Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia’s mining industry should consider a register of sexual harassment perpetrators to help rein in widespread instances of abuse, a state government report said on Thursday, detailing cases of “horrifying” and “appalling” behaviour against women. The inquiry by mineral-rich Western Australia, home to the bulk of the country’s iron ore industry, also criticised mining giants such as BHP and Rio Tinto for ignoring or overlooking unlawful and criminal behaviour. The release of the report followed a year-long investigation into concerns about…

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