Australia-Mining jobs recruiter censoring discussion of its operations

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Job recruiter Australia-Mining has filed an infringement notice against Australian Mining magazine with Google in an attempt to clamp down on discussion of its activities.

Last year Australian Mining covered the arrest of a Sunshine Coast man after police closed his shonky mining recruitment operation.

The 62-year-old man was charged with four counts of obtaining money by deception and two counts of attempting to dishonestly obtain money.

The story had nothing to do with the Australia-Mining recruitment operation, but in the comments section readers complained about experiences they had with other recruiters, including Australia-Mining.

One user posted an e-mail they had received from Australia-Mining, which the recruiter then complained to Google was a breach of copyright.

While the story has been removed from Google’s search index it can still be found here.

Full details of Australia-Mining’s complaint to Google can be found here.

The protest is the latest in a series of complaints from Australia-Mining, which has also issued Australian Mining magazine with private legal threats over reader discussions of its operations.

Australia-Mining was contacted this morning for comment but it has not yet responded.

Earlier this year Queensland mines minister Stirling Hinchliffe warned jobseekers looking for mining work to be wary of a growing number of recruitment scams.

"We’re hearing about a number of businesses who are overstating the level of assistance they are able to offer jobseekers," he said.

"The last thing we want to see are the hopes – or the hip pockets – of jobseekers being exploited by unscrupulous operators."

On its website Australia-Mining says it has "extensive experience helping people get into the Australia mining industry".

"It is not possible to guarantee employment, however if you follow our comprehensive recommendations and advice, you will maximise your employment prospects," it says.

Are there any job seekers out there that have had bad experiences with mining recruiters? Has anyone paid for Australia-Mining’s services? Let us know in the comments.

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