New Teaching Topic: Mining
Mining has a long history within Australia and the landscape has changed overtime. The Gold rush period encouraged more immigrants to Australia impacting on population numbers. Australia has many different types of minerals and resources that are extracted from all around the county.
We often hear in the media about mining magnates Nathan Tinkler, Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart. There are both positive and negative impacts of mining which are explored in the various resources available in the new Teaching Topic.
Australian Story: House of Hancock, details the court case involving Australia's richest person and three of her four children has shed uncomfortable daylight on the feuding among the heirs to the Hancock mining billions. The dispute is complex but, at its centre, is a trust set up in l988, by Gina Rinehart's father, Lang Hancock, for the benefit of his grandchildren. Australian Story: Larger Than Life, looks into the life of Clive Palmer often described as generous, a national treasure and a major political force.
Mining has caused debate about the impacts it has on various communities. Totally Australia: Diamonds In The Rough, looks at the cultural, social and economic impact the Argyle Diamond has had on the in Western Australia regions' traditional owners over the past 25 years of mining. Four Corners: Casualties Of The Boom, examines how massive mining developments are killing communities in regional Australia. On Sacred Ground, looks at the story behind the Noonkanbah dispute, the well-publicised Aboriginal struggle to stop mining in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the late 1970s.
Download the new Mining Teaching Topic for an extensive list of mining resources about the issues, types of resources and the big names in the industry.