The establishment of NODOM was greeted enthusiastically by the Department of Native Affairs as an important development for Aboriginal people, as these documents show.

DNA Considers NODOM Important Development

Herbert Griffin to Stan Middleton, 30 November 1951, SROWA, 1952/0830v1/80-81 and Stan Middleton to Minister for Native Affairs Victor Doney, 4 December 1951, SROWA, 1951/0686/14.

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Native-Labour Drift Worries Pastoralists

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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.