Hannah Ryan (The Armidale Express)
Australia's mining industry has pledged to wipe out sexual harassment.
The Minerals Council of Australia has committed to putting a stop to the practice in a statement endorsed by its board of directors and supported by all member companies.
The move is a response to a landmark Australian Human Rights Commission report published last year.
The council, in its statement, promises to create an industry culture "that respects all people, eliminates sexual harassment and stands up, supports and cares for all those affected by unacceptable behaviour".
"Through committed leadership, we will develop an industry response that recognises and prevents sexual harassment and empowers people to speak up and take action where behaviours do not meet expected standards," it reads.
The document acknowledges sexual harassment causes "profound physical, emotional and psychological harm".
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