DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Sunday - DIRTY BUSI­NESS: HOW MIN­ING MADE AUS­TRALIA, SBS One, 8.30pm

I THINK my copy of this show had words miss­ing from the ti­tle and it’s meant to say How Min­ing Made Aus­tralia Lang Han­cock’s Per­sonal ATM. Ac­cord­ing to this, we’re all rich. Ob­vi­ously it’s rel­a­tive. Gina Rine­hart, for in­stance, is worth $29 bil­lion. Her money es­sen­tially comes from her fa­ther fly­ing past iron ore in the Hamer­s­ley Range in 1952, de­cid­ing it was his and sign­ing a deal with Rio Tinto with no sun­set clause. Tonight is mainly a his­tory les­son, in case we don’t know about the gold rush. No­body uses the terms ‘‘ two speed econ­omy’’ or ‘‘ Ba­nana Repub­lic’’. Not yet any­way.

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