While the future of Australia’s mining tax is dependent on party politics and constantly discussed in the media, it seems we are still waiting on a real debate about the future and impact of mining in Australia.
Fortunately, there are some inspiring and interesting stories in the April’s Mining Monitor. The story about La Puya is inspiring given the disproportionate impact of mining on women especially in the developing world. Our work on mining legacies continues with MPI’s Chair, Dr Gavin Mudd, going on a tour of mining legacies in Tasmania. Unfortunately it seems that the Kayelekera mine in Malawi could also be destined to become a polluting mine legacy, with the concerns MPI raised about the potential closure of Kaylekera at the 2012 and 2013 AGM’s of Paladin now becoming a reality. Meanwhile the potential for uranium mining in Western Australia continues to be controversial – make your submission about Toro’s plans now.
Deep sea mining continues to be a focus for MPI. With 70% of the worlds surface covered by oceans countries and companies alike are increasingly talking up the future of the industry. Unfortunately governing global oceans is highly political, meaning marine mining will be much harder to regulate and monitor than terrestrial mining. A good reason for precaution given the impact of terrestrial mining.
If you are in Melbourne on the 1st May then I encourage you to see the three films about mining in Papua, stories from mining affected communities telling us about the impacts of the mining. While those in Sydney should take advantage of the opportunity to see Jacky Green’s Flow of Voices exhibition featuring his interpretation of mining in Borroloola as well as Jessie Boylan’s work from MPI’s visit in 2012.