The Best Australian Mining Ad Which Has Nothing Much To Do With Mining


…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.

16 Responses to “The Best Australian Mining Ad Which Has Nothing Much To Do With Mining”

  1. bingbing Says:

    Doesn’t Bob Brown realise the metals, rubbers, and plastics used to make all his, er, stuff comes from Big Industry?

    He wouldn’t be able to get his misguided message across if not, at least partially, for miners.

    [edited]

  2. Shelley Says:

    Thanks spot.

    My family on both sides for generations has relied on mining to pay the bills and feed our kids so this really hits home to us.

    We just get so mad at how cavalier about the loss of jobs some are. These touchy feely do good symbolic gestures are all well and good when it’s not you looking at becoming unemployed.

    I’m for every job lost through Swans resource super profits taxation or Gillards carbon dioxide taxation being coupled to the loss of employment for a pollie that helps implement these scams.

    I bags we start at the top with Gillard and work our way down.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Yep, these are exactly the types of “working families” the ALP used to at least pretend to be on the side of. I don’t even know who Labor’s “natural constituency” is anymore; who it is they think they’re working for. They’re demonising a lot of people who have always considered themselves “rusted-on” Labor voters… I sure hope people start waking up before the next election.

    • bingbing Says:

      An mate from high school works out west in QLD in (I think) coal seam gas exploration, and this will no doubt affect his bottom dollar too. I’d say people are waking up, spot. Mate said “it’s all a bunch of lies” Gillard’s current “plan”, global warming etc.

      And indeed, just who are Labor working for?

  3. Get behind our miners « James Board Says:

    […] S_dog: 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. […]

  4. Merilyn Says:

    Yep, they forget that people actually work and count on that income to pay for their bills. Martin Ferguson is just as guilty with his smug, Önly a few mines would be in danger of closing under the carbon tax”, that was just a very heartless remark, and he sould be ashamed to call himself a man, all for the worker. [With thanks to Andrew Bolt for that].
    Loved the story of the dog, did he say he was going to take the Pup, couldn’t quite hear that bit, [not the fault of the video, was sort of wiping grit out of my eyes]. Hope he does take him, after having dogs myself for 42 years, said after the death of my last girl, that was it, however daughter turned up with Cooper and asked if we could give him a home, it was the best thing ever, he is keeping us ÿoung”.

    • bingbing Says:

      Kinda O/T

      Are you writing with umlauts?

    • Merilyn Says:

      No bing it seems to be a fault with my keyboard [brand new I might]. So when I do this around a “Word” sometimes it comes out like “this”and other times like you can see over the capital Ö, so might take the keyboard back to find out why?

    • bingbing Says:

      Why on earth did you buy from HP? Let me guess, at Harvey Norman or something like that?

      I’m here, spot’s here, a whole bunch of people are here to help.

      You don’t even wanna know half the crap we find on the Internet.

      HP off the rack? That is the absolute worst thing you can ever do. They dump so much unnecessary – such as umlauts – crap on their/your pc it ain’t funny.

      Think of it as tying the pyramids to your roof rack (choose a car, any car, it doesn’t matter).

      Yeah, the pyramids are so nice… on a car.

      Linux or Apple may be a bit too much, but try your local (ish?) small business computer shop. If you have Vista, get rid of it.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Some blog software gets confused if it’s fed “smart quotes” (the curly ones) rather than the original universally-accepted ASCII “straight quotes”. The umlaut issue is not uncommon – it’s a software (coding) thing, not a hardware thing. The reason it seems intermittent is that the quote marks are only getting changed to umlauts over words beginning with vowels, not those beginning with consonants… so in fact it’s not really intermittent at all; it’s consistent in that it’s following a rule.

      Are you by any chance composing your comments elsewhere and then cutting & pasting them in here?

    • bingbing Says:

      It’s ze Germans!

  5. Merilyn Says:

    Wrote this before to you bing but it vanished. No it appears to be a fault in the keyboard [new I might add, from HP] some letters seem to have that Ö” like that others are like this “t”, ÿ” like so, will try to find out why from HP.

  6. Merilyn Says:

    “Are you by any chance composing your comments elsewhere and then cutting & pasting them in here”…..no I just type them straight in.
    However, Bob tells me to use a space after I use that particular key, and I notice it is working, much better now.

    • J.M. Heinrichs Says:

      1. Go to “Start” button; find ‘Control Panels’.
      2. Go to ‘Keyboards’ and confirm you have a proper Microsoft keyboard driver installed.
      3. Go to ‘Regional and Language Options’, then ‘Keyboards and Languages’, select ‘US English’ or ‘Australian English’ as working language.

      Cheers

    • bingbing Says:

      The “Australian English” option would be best. I might do that, too.

      Done.

      Aw, yeah moit! It’s a bloody rippa!

    • Merilyn Says:

      Thank you J.M. will do .


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