…But About The Human Faces Of Those Involved With It.
Earlier this morning, Tim Blair posted one of the several “Australian Mining: This Is Our Story” pieces which are being put out to raise awareness of the importance of the mining industry to Australia, and to all Australians.
Although I like that one, it’s not my favourite. My favourite is a story Ken and Val Lamb told during the filming of this one:
Now below is the story of Ken Lamb’s dog Ernie, as related by Ken and his wife Val. This is the one that’s my favourite.
If you get a chance, please pass your favourite “This Is Our Story” pieces around as best you can, to demonstrate to the industry’s critics that Australian mining isn’t all about the ALP’s & Greens’ cartoonish caricatures of the rich greedy Gaia-raping mining magnates they love to hate (Gina Rinehart seems to be the one singled out for this month’s Two-Minute Hate) but about the 750,000 ordinary Australians the mining industry provides work for and the entire communities all across the country it supports.
The people who want to end or cripple “Big Mining” either out of misguided Green idealism or for reasons rooted in not much more than base envy of the “rich bastards” (and “bitches” – good on Gina for bringing the gender equality!) they’d like to see taken down a peg or two need to understand that they’re not going to hurt the mining magnates (and baronesses – again, Gina!). They’ve already got a lot of money, money they can pull out and invest elsewhere. It’s the hundreds of thousands of ordinary Australians and ordinary Australian communities – including Indigenous communities – who are dependent on the mining industry for their livelihoods who are going to cop it. People like Len Thong, Bruce Chater, Ken Lamb, and their families and communities.
Oh, and don’t watch the backstory on Ken’s dog Ernie anyplace where you’re going to be embarrassed to get a tear in your eye.
UPDATE: And on that subject, Ron Hardin, whose own dog features heavily in his photo blog, suggests “check out the best advice on dogs Vicki Hearne Oyez a Beaumont (pdf).” Do.