Is it because a big portion of the mines are owned by offshore investors, so the money is filtered into the government and then rushed overseas. All i notice of the boom is the exhorbitant price of land, unruly development, over development of agricultural areas by sprawling urbanisation, extreme rent prices.
I can't complain, i feel responsible and part of an apathetic generation. I sometimes dream of owning a v8 7 litre just to get rid of the fuel quicker so we can settle down again. Burn up all the coal so we can go back to having more simply and less disposable lives, disposable like our phones, our plastic bags our cheap thin plaster houses, with weak walls and poisonous materials. It is a inevitablility that this will happen but i feel particularly impatient, because i work in the building industry, and i drive around the city for my work and i have to see the mess that is spreading like a rash across this southern land. And also because i recently saw a photo of an aboriginal camp amongst the trees on the yarra huge gums and ferns and healthy people, happier than us, living within nature instead of "above".