25 October 2011
Is the Mining Industry Evergreen?
So you go into the forest, set to make a Bear Grylls weekend out
of it. Armed with your fire starter, Official BG knife, a backpack
full of useful items you picked up along your journey…. And a
pocket full of chocolate just in case things don't go to plan. Your
journey is laid out in front of you. Just a short descent down a
slope and paradise can be your shelter for the night. With these
few exceptions that you couldn't discern from your current view
- The 'Short descent' is 100 metres - straight down - sharp
- 'Paradise' is infested with leeches
- The government has installed an electric fence to restrict your
- Your cameraman is hungry and has slight cannibalistic
Perception is a funny thing. When you're standing right in the
middle of any situation, your view is so far removed from those on
From the inside of the mining industry one can see its ups and
downs. Its successes and failures. Its good luck and bad luck
stories and understand the amount of work it takes to sustain the
kind of forward motion that drives the Australian economy.
From the outside, many see an infallible machine. Evergreen and
inordinately successful. Perhaps they even believe that success is
easy to attain or something that is the right of all to share.
Is it education or experience that is lacking when the people on
the outside judge what can and cannot be achieved by those within.
Is it fair and reasonable to believe that because one or two large
companies within an industry are successful that every venture will
be the same? And will a tax on Carbon make any difference to our
What are your views on the taxations imposed on and where
is your viewing platform?