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Environmental Violence in Australia

The Effects of Mining and Its Representation in the Indigenous Australian Film Satellite Boy

Victoria Herche

DOI: 10.4324/9781003110231-11

Introduction

Since the discovery of gold in Australia in 1851, the extractive industries have been among the defining actors in the country’s commercial sector. The mining of gold, coal, copper, zinc, and iron ore has profoundly shaped the nation both economically and socially. It has led to the expansion of colonial settlement, creating infrastructure, causing a drastic increase in population, and enhancing property values. Today, the Australian mining industry remains a continuing key contributor to the national gross domestic product, since it generates economic ...

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