Green Party leader Christine Milne has clearly articulated a major emerging issue for Australia and the countries of the South. The neo-colonial  pillaging of resources provides almost no benefit to the ordinary citizens of exploited countries and constitutes a  blatant dispossession of future generations.

Milne was responding to the announcement that the Australian government would allow foreign workers to be flown in to work on Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore mine in Western Australia.

A recent report by the Australia Institute showed that 5 out of every 6 dollars profit from mining in Australia went to overseas investors and that most of the remaining profits went to a handful of wealthy Australians like Gina Rinehart. The most significant benefit to ordinary Australians is derived through the jobs of mine workers.

By eliminating Australian jobs there is very little benefit to this country in digging massive holes in the ground and the significant harm of creating environmental damage and global climate change.

Christine Milne is spot on in identifying the need for a new examination of the ramifications of the impacts of mining on this country and its people.

Australians are in danger of becoming the present day equivalent of the Incas and Aztecs whose Gold and Silver resources were plundered by Pizarro and Cortez and the surviving population was forced into slavery.