GOLD STAN­DARD

The West Australian - - INSIDE COVER -

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.

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