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How miners shape our world

Anthropologist Sally Babiddge writes in The Conversation (30.10.14) that miners do much more than extract minerals and make profits. ‘The Australian government recently repealed the mining tax. In September, the Queensland parliament passed the Mineral and Energy Resources Act, which has removed citizens’ rights to object to 90% of new mines. This is part of the mistaken move by late capitalism: allow mining companies to regulate themselves and at the same time play a powerful role at all levels of society.’ 

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