As Tasmania struggles under Australia’s highest rate of unemployment, its powerful environmental lobby seeks to shut down the mining activity that could provide sustainable jobs and income. Juliet Langton speaks to the organization fighting to save Tasmania’s minerals industry and, possibly, the island’s economy.
Think of mining in Australia and the first thing that comes to mind will likely be the iron ore giants – BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group – in residence in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In this regard, Australia’s small island state of Tasmania tends to get overlooked; but its minerals industry is significant, and its potential for further mineral development enormous.
By value, the products of mining account for half of all Tasmania’s exports, making the minerals industry – comprising exploration, mining and mineral processing – the state’s largest…
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