23 December 2011

Boom Curse? ~ AlJaz on Aussie FIFOs & Abos

Al Jazeera's 101 East spotlights Australia's boomtown curse...
"...minerals are powering Australia's economy to record highs. And as demand from China for more resources grows, new mines continue to open across the country. But critics say there is a dark side to this success story. Mining regions attract transient workers [FIFO's] keen to make a quick buck, creating social and environmental problems and a rising crime rate. Mines are also draining Australia's pool of skilled labour from other industries and driving up wages. 101 East asks: What is the cost of Australia's mining boom?"

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