9. Mining Magnates 2012
Australia’s wealthiest woman, Gina Rinehart, is a mining tycoon. In the cities that fuel the mining industry, mining head offices aim for a sky that, in truth, cannot be reached. As we distance ourselves from the land on which we live we can see no reason not to mine a place that for others remains sacred. So it is that in the wilderness Kimberley region of Australia, a gas plant was proposed that threatened both the environment and the Aboriginal songline dating back at least 28,000 years. In the words of an anonymous Indigenous writer on the “Save the Kimberley” website, If we lose our land, our sacred places, or if our country is somehow compromised we will be lost both as individuals and as a race of man. We will become like others who have no place in this land or this world. We will cease to exist.”