This conflict led to a departmental attitude towards pastoralists which contrasted sharply with its previous pro-pastoralist stance.

DNA and Pastoralists' Conflicting Views

Stan Middleton to Minister for Native Affairs Bill Hegney, 1 December 1953, SROWA, 1953/0127/78-79.

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A cooperative mining company, Northern Development and Mining (or NODOM) was established at the end of 1951. The success of the mining venture led the government to withdraw its opposition to the movement. By 1952, upward of 700 people were involved in the independent mining community, and the local pastoral industry was facing even greater labour shortage than during the strike. As a result, a Committee of Inquiry was appointed by the government to investigate the circumstances in which marrngu were leaving the stations.