Mining: Gouging the country

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Issue 33:4 | December 2013

Editors: Stephanie Britton AM, Executive Editor of Artlink; Pat Hoffie, Professor at the Queensland College of Art, Director of SECAP (Sustainable Environment, Asia-Pacific), and UNESCO Orbicome Chair in Communications, Griffith University.

Initially defined as “Terra Nullius,” Australia is now recognised as an ancient, mineral-rich continent of hotly contested territories. The contrasting spiritual and economic value of the land has led to debates about exploitation and custodianship with increased relevance in relation to climate change. This issue digs deep into the seen and unseen impacts of big mining and its rapid and ruthless exploitation of fossil fuels. It explores tensions between the damage of mining operations, such as the threat to ancient rock art, the arts patronage of large mining companies enabling cultural and community development and locating artistic activity in mining culture.  

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