Category: Australia

Central Victorian Goldfields

Fourteen Ounces | 2013 A photographic series by Jessie Boylan focusing on the Central Victorian Goldfields, supported by the Mineral Policy Institute. The discovery of gold in the Victorian Goldfields in the mid 19th century attracted an unprecedented population and caused an enormous housing and economic boom in the...

Ranger’s toxic spill highlights the perils of self-regulation

The latest accident at the Ranger uranium mine is a timely reminder of the environmental risks of operating a heavy industry facility: especially a uranium mine on Indigenous land, surrounded by the World… The collapsed leach tank at the Ranger mine in Kakadu National Park. AAP/Supplied by Gundjeihmi Aboriginal...

QLD: Mount Morgan Mining Legacy

Gavin Mudd and Jessie Boylan from MPI traveled to Rockhampton, then on to Mount Morgan to document the famous Mount Morgan gold-copper mine, which generated not only extra-ordinary wealth for its major shareholders but has left Queensland and Australia with probably it’s largest and most polluting mining legacy. Gold was first mined...

MPI November Mining Monitor

Meeting of the Mines – It’s AGM season at the moment for many of the mining companies MPI keeps an eye on. During October/November MPI will attend AGM’s for BHP, Toro, Paladin, Hanan’s Reward and Newcrest. Typically, AGM’s are a frustrating and increasingly choreographed event – more in keeping with...

Hidden Valley Premiere

Hidden Valley Premiere In early September, The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne premiered the Mineral Policy Institute’s film Hidden Valley on opening night of the festival. Hidden Valley is a 22 minute documentary focusing on the Hidden Valley gold and silver mine in the Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. This film portrays community members of...

Profits of Doom Book Review

Profits of Doom, by Antony Lowenstein Disaster Capitalism and mining Review by Charles Roche Prolific author, blogger and commentator Antony Lowestein has targeted disaster capitalism in his new book, Profits of Doom.  It’s an ambitious book seeking to not only build on Noami Klein’s work from the The Shock...

MPI Mining Monitor – August 2013

The August Mining Monitor aims to keep you informed with interesting mining stories from around the world without inundating you with bad news. Our politicians, mining companies and mainstream media do a great job of promoting the industry – we try to balance this. But we need your help....

OceanaGold and El Salvador

Scars of civil war still fresh in the country’s social landscape. After years of civil war El Salvador remains a fragile country both politically and economically. With a geographical territory a third the size of Tasmania, a population of 6.2 million and scare water resources, the country struggles to...