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The federal government’s largesse in the budget, the little there was, is underwritten by the mining boom that lasted two years. It is over. Coal, iron ore and gas prices are dropping like stones.

The miners have been sucking up water at over a trillion litres a year – free, with heavily subsidised electricity and fuel. What’s left? Devastation. Giant holes. Agricultural land wiped out.

Tasmania and SA for example: abalone – gone; giant squid – gone; oysters – heavily diseased; Tassie devil – just about gone. The giant squid bred only in Australia – and just never showed up last year. All from pollutants from mining and seismic ‘research’.

Fish and other sea creatures in Gladstone Harbour, being dredged for a deep port to ship all that dirt to China and India, are turning up with lesions and disease never seen before. Locals are rightly blaming the port’s industrialisation.

The worst part is they are all overseas companies doing the raping and pillaging with absolutely zero oversight from our federal and state governments. Janelle Saffin may want to tell us why her government is allowing Chinese companies to come here and practise their style of environmental vandalism on our country while allowing the United Sates to control 14 per cent of Australia’s arable land. Any clues Janelle?

Those opposing coal-seam gas only need to take these facts into consideration when being harangued about stopping a potential gas boom. The only thing that these miners bring to communities is divisiveness, anguish and a polluted and scarred landscape. When they move on who will clean up the mess? And IF there is a clean-up who will pay for it? You can bet it won’t be the miners.

M Mizzi, Tabulam


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