Paul Cleary

Paul Cleary grew up in Sydney's west and worked for a decade as senior journalist covering economic policy for the Fairfax papers in the Canberra Press Gallery. He has lived and worked in Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

In Hanoi he helped to develop the country's first English language daily, while working as a correspondent and learning Vietnamese. In Timor he worked for the Prime Minister on negotiations with Australia on disputed oil and gas resources in the Timor Sea. He has published extensively on the politics and economics of Australia’s reliance on mining and especially its impact on First Nations peoples.

His books include Trillion Dollar Baby, Mine-Field, Shakedown, Too Much Luck, and a best-selling WWII history, The Men Who Came out of the Ground. In recent years he has worked with and written about the First Peoples of Australia. He has a PhD from the Australian National University in public policy.  

The Future of the Yindjibarndi and the Pilbara

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How did the Yindjibarndi people, the traditional custodians of land rich in iron-ore deposits, take down a multi-billion dollar mining company? And what will happen next? Join us in hearing from Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation CEO, Michael Woodley, and Paul Cleary, journalist and best-selling author of the book Title Fight.
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26 May 2022