Dirty Money by Matthew Benns
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Dirty Money
By Matthew Benns

Dirty Money

The True Cost of Australia's Mineral Boom

By (author) See other recent books by Matthew Benns
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $34.99
Your Price: $31.49 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $6.95 per order
You Save: $3.50! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.57 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 7-10 days



Dirty Money by Matthew Benns

Book Description

"They put the boys into the Anvil mining truck. They came for my dad. I asked them 'where are you taking him?' and they didn't answer." The Australian mining company trucks had come roaring into the African village and disgorged over 100 heavily armed government soldiers. The rebels, protesting at the way the Australian company was mining the Congolese silver and copper without giving anything back to the local community, had already surrendered. But their looting of food and fuel from the Anvil Mining depot at Kilwa could not go unanswered. The Australians flew in the government troops, loaded them onto their trucks and then stood back while they rounded up the rebellion's 'sympathisers'. "We started running but the soldiers caught and searched our belongings, they arrested my dad and two other boys," said Albert Kitanika. The soldiers refused to say where they were taking his father. "They took him 50 metres down the road where they shot and stabbed him to death." A United Nations investigation found Mr Kitanika was one of at least 100 people summarily executed in the government operation in 2004. Afterwards the Australian company issued a press release praising the government for its rapid response. Asked about its role in transporting the troops, Anvil's chief executive officer Bill Turner said: "So what". Mining is a dirty business. This book reveals that the real dirt lies in the boardrooms of some of Australia's biggest companies. The United Nations named Katumba Mwanke, an adviser to Congo President Joseph Kabila, as one of the people responsible for the illegal exploitation of Congo's natural wealth. Anvil Mining put Mr Mwanke on the board of directors for three years. The Australian company has steadfastly refused to sign the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, designed to prevent dodgy deals, and is instead considering a tie-up with British mining company Trafigura, which is responsible for one of the worst pollution scandals in recent history. When details of deaths arising from Trafigura's illegal dumping of tonnes of sulphur-contaminated toxic waste were raised, Trafigura attempted to stifle reports in the British Parliament with a super-injunction. Anvil Mining is just one of many Australian mining companies whose dubious operating methods have been called into question both at home and overseas. This is not a dry business book. This is a story of a greed that has defined a nation. It will take us from the earliest mining scams and scandals to the pollution of the present day. It is a story of how communities in Australia and across the world have risen up to fight for their land. And it will tell how rich men in boardrooms in major Australian cities thousands of kilometres away have forged dirty deals to sweep them aside. It will tell us just who those men are and what drives them. Newspaper and television reports merely scratch the surface. The true story of Australia's mining industry needs to be told dramatically and in full. It is a book every Australian needs to read because it is the story of our national wealth and how those who have access to it are abusing the privilege.

Buy Dirty Money book by Matthew Benns from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9781742750002
ISBN-10: 1742750001
Classification: Mining industry , Pollution & threats to the environment , Social impact of environmental issues
Format: Paperback (151mm x 236mm x 24mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: William Heinemann Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2011
Country of Publication: Australia

Customers who bought this also bought...


You might also like...

Governance Ecosystems by Julia Sagebien Governance Ecosystems by Julia Sagebien

The authors explore the complex dynamics of mining and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Latin America, including a reflection on the African continent, presenting arguments and case studies based on new research on a set of urgent and emerging questions surrounding mining, development and sustainability.

Gold by Matthew Hart Gold by Matthew Hart

A lively narrative exploration of our love affair with gold, that has and continues to shape the world.

In Too Deep by Stanley Reed In Too Deep by Stanley Reed

The truth behind the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history In 2005, fifteen workers were killed when BP's Texas City Refinery exploded. In 2006, corroded pipes owned by BP led to an oil spill in Alaska. Now, in 2010, eleven men drilling for BP were killed in the blowout of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mineral Resources & Policy in India by K. Narindar Jetli Mineral Resources & Policy in India by K. Narindar Jetli

India is endowed with huge resources of many metallic and non-metallic minerals. Mining sector is an important segment of the Indian economy. This work provides a comprehensive description and analysis of activities in various aspects of mining in India.

» View more books like these...

Books By Author Matthew Benns

When the Bough Breaks by Matthew Benns When the Bough Breaks, Paperback (December 2003)

A story of Australia's first female serial killer, Kathleen Folbigg, who killed her four children over 10 years. Kathleen was just 25, when she killed her first baby, and she went on to kill three other innocent children. Her husband discovered her diaries and gave police the evidence they needed to convict her.

» View all books by Matthew Benns

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Dirty Money book by Matthew Benns and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Matthew Benns

Matthew Benns is the author of When the Bough Breaks and The Men Who Killed Qantas.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Matthew Benns close
Mistress by Matthew Benns
Men Who Killed Qantas by Matthew Benns
Fixed by Matthew Benns
Fixed by Matthew Benns
Men Who Killed Qantas by Matthew Benns
When the Bough Breaks by Matthew Benns
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close