MPI poll: Does the mining industry embrace diversity?

'EQUAL' spelled out in Scrabble tiles

As Australia debates marriage equality, we ask just how well the mining industry embraces diversity.

Australians are currently voting in a postal survey on the question of same-sex marriage.

While people around the country consider the merits of marriage equality, the debate it has sparked raised another question amongst the team here at MPI: Just how well does the Australian mining community embrace diversity?

So, as Australians put a cross in a box on their marriage equality ballots this month, we’re asking a separate-but-related question in our regular MPI Poll.

Our poll asks a question about diversity in general, but obviously there’s a focus on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the mining industry.

So, here’s this month’s poll question:

The same-sex marriage plebiscite vote has caused robust debate in the Australian media, on social media and in the community. In your opinion, how well does the Australian mining community embrace diversity — particularly LGBT people?

  1. Well – I’ve seen this firsthand or heard examples.
  2. Not well – I’ve seen this firsthand or heard examples.
  3. Okay – It seems to be more “lip service” than deep cultural change though.
  4. Couldn’t comment – it’s not something that has ever factored into my experience in the mining community.

We’ll bring you the results in early October.

In the meantime, once you’ve answered our poll, if you have a story that you’d like to share about your experience with diversity in the mining industry in Australia — be it positive or negative — let us know. We’ll share some of the diverse responses we get when we release our poll results.

Happy voting!

Dan Hatch
Mining People International