Graduated, Skilled, Eager and Unemployed
Are Australian undergraduates looking forward to getting employed when they graduate, or are they concerned about prospects in Australia? “Go to university,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said… The effects of the GFC linger even in our isolated corner of the world. While older Australian workers grip tightly to […]
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Resource curse or blessing: mining and Aboriginal communities in the Pilbara
Initially, the thought of large-scale mining in Australia saddens me, imagining the inevitable scar it will leave on the landscape. Although I am not an indigenous Australian, I can imagine this sentiment must be much stronger for peoples who believe they do not own the Earth, but rather, they are […]
Australia steady on the fiscal cliff, slipping off the moral edge
The tremors of the world’s economic crisis are never fully resonated in Australia, a country with an advantageous tectonic and fiscal position.
War and Peace: A Case for Individual Responsibility?
Is conflict a part of human nature? An interesting question indeed. This short film illustrates what happens when you take individuals from opposite sides of the pack mentality and place them in a neutral environment. There is no denying the human race is obsessed with conflict. Our history as a […]
As peace slowly restores, Rio Tinto slowly returns
It’s been almost fifteen years since the end of the civil war and the landowners on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are discussing the return of the mining giant Rio Tinto. Rio’s infamous Panguna mine, owned by its subsidiary Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) was at the […]