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Australia’s mining boom and Aboriginal lands

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First broadcast:
Thursday 07 March 2013

Pascale Harter introduces a special edition of From Our Own Correspondent dedicated to Australia’s mining boom and its implications for Aboriginal lands.

Nick Trevithick travels to Western Australia, and to the mining heartland that is fuelling the country’s economic boom. He asks whether it’s possible to put a monetary value on these ancient Aboriginal lands, as they are increasingly being taken over by mining companies.

The minerals beneath the surface can be bought and sold in global markets - but what about the memories, of the colonial era, the prehistoric past and the mythical dreamtime, which also lie embedded in this earth?


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