Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby
When a mining project is economically (and environmentally) doubtful, then a political party or faction’s support is a deafening alarm bell. The only ethic of a corporate robot is maximum profit.
The ‘family friendly’ Woolies just illustrated this with their deliberate strategy to squeeze the most from pokie addicts, and to hell with social responsibilities. Any employee not advancing this ethic will also suffer. ‘That’s just how it all goes. Everybody knows.’ (Leonard Cohen chorus)
If Adani pushes a marginal project, it expects the cream to come from governments. Smart politicians know the project is highly risky. ‘Pro’ politicians fear the electorate, or expect personal gain.
Wavering politicians don’t have the courage to lobby against risking public funds. They’re unable to lead. They only react to hidden pressures. (Repeat chorus)
Fellow duped citizens, resist the bribe of jobs. They will likely be short. You can’t believe the environmental assurances of these incredibly stressed politicians. Damage to country and farmers is assured. (Repeat chorus, loudly.)
In countless career visits to mine sites, I never observed one without scarred landscapes and pollution problems. Aggregate damage costs and government infrastructure costs next to corporate profits, are far too great.
To borrow a Trump-ism, that’s a ‘bad deal’ for Oz.