Many Australians who have never traveled outside their leafy green inner-city suburbs get a kick from taking the mickey out of those of us in the Minerals & Energy game. When they’re not stereotyping us as filthy, semi-literate grunts (a la last year’s ALP advertisements), they’re sniping at us for making too much money and while in the process, raping and pillaging the earth — THEIR earth, as some point out, as though we should feel morally obliged to personally give them each a cut of our paychecks. (Hint: ever heard of taxes? royalties?)
Not only don’t they realise that many folks in the resources sector have tertiary and higher degrees; that Minerals & Energy companies here in Western Australia are very cognisant of taking good care of our environment and have whole departments dedicated to helping do that; that the WA resources sector (mining, oil & gas) is currently subsidising the leafy-green latte-sipping lifestyle they tend to take for granted … but they also they don’t realise that they haven’t even the first clue what really goes on, say, down a coal mine…
Now, here’s what some folks think of, when they think of coal mining… Good ol’ Devo, Workin’ in a Coal Mine:
But that was like, so last Millennium! Modern mining is a whole ‘nother thing altogether:
Now: a free plug for my State, and for my industry. Western Australia is a beaut state, but we need people!! From anywhere!! Check these out:
Wiki entry on Western Australia, for youse furriners.
Go West Now! Government portal; abject plea for people to come settle here.
mine4jobs.com. What it says.