The True Cost of Australia's Mineral Boom
By (author) Matthew Benns
Normal Price: $48.94
Your Price: $44.04 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $6.95 per order
You Save: $4.89! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.20 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 10-12 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 DetailsISBN: 9781742750002
Classification: Mining industry , Pollution & threats to the environment , Social impact of environmental issues
Format: Paperback (151mm x 236mm x 24mm)
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...
Not Ours Alone by Elizabeth Emma Ferry
Explores how members of Guanajuato's Santa Fe Cooperative, Mexico's cooperatively owned silver mine, give meaning to their labor in an era of globalization and neoliberalism. This work analyzes the cooperative's practices and the importance of patrimonio in their understanding of work, kinship, and morality.
Gold by Matthew Hart
A lively narrative exploration of our love affair with gold, that has and continues to shape the world.
Minerals, Collecting, and Value Across the US-Mexico Border by Elizabeth Emma Ferry
Traces the movement of minerals as they circulate from Mexican mines to markets, museums, and private collections
Coal Mining by G. Hayes» View more books like these...
This book tells how mines evolved from simple bell pits into extensive networks of shafts and tunnels and extending deep underground.
Books By Author Matthew Benns
View all books by Matthew Benns
» 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!)
Author Biography - Matthew Benns
Matthew Benns is the author of When the Bough Breaks and The Men Who Killed Qantas.
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
© 2003-2014. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
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.