Avarice

02Jun10

The small screen at a seat in an aeroplane is probably not the best place to appreciate the spectacle of the film Avatar. But where else would I be able to sit uninterrupted for a couple of hours and catch up on current trends in morality-steeped narrative.

In case you are the only other person left who hadn’t seen the film, the story involves a large mining company despoiling a planet and devastating the indigenous species in the search for a valuable mineral. The mining corporation is not given a sympathetic treatment in the film.

On my arrival in Australia I caught up on the local news. Apparently there is uproar about a proposed super-tax to be imposed on mining corporations. On TV there are adverts, paid for by the mining industry, which explain just how much this tax will devastate the local economy.

If the tax is too high, the mining companies will probably have to move their operations to other planets with a less sophisticated regime.



4 Responses to “Avarice”

  1. I’ve still not seen Avatar either, it’s sitting at home waiting for me to watch it but I’m not that fussed about it.

  2. me neither. maybe alex’s blog readers represent a singular demographic? (apart from being readers of his blog…)

  3. 3 Mike S

    And another…..I haven’t seen it either.
    You might be on to something Drew.

  4. 4 Sarah

    Yeah like the mining companies have so many other options of where to digout the stuff they need.

    Oz gov are right to tax them even if they go somewhere else in the short-term in Arnie’s words ‘they’ll be back’


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