When it comes to politics, there is one golden rule governments always follow: blame the previous mob for anything that goes wrong and take credit for anything the previous mob did right.
Just ask Mining Minister Bill Johnston, who “launched” his department’s Seven Golden Rules campaign for prospector safety in Kalgoorlie recently.
An accompanying media release doubled-down on this sentiment with a headline that read, “McGowan Government launches Seven Golden Rules for safety”.
Now, you can’t launch a rocket, business or an attack twice, which suggests the real credit for the Seven Golden Rules campaign should probably go to one of Johnston’s predecessors, Bill Marmion, who first launched the campaign as a Barnett Government initiative in 2014.
Launches and non-launches aside, we urge people to heed the Seven Golden Rules before heading off to find their fortunes in the Goldfields, and stay safe this prospecting season.
Find more information at dmp.wa.gov/prospectingwa.