PDF/EPUB The Coal Face


  • Paperback
  • 144
  • The Coal Face
  • Tom Doig
  • English
  • 22 January 2020
  • 9780143573074

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    REVIEW · MUABANBATDONGSAN.CO ´ Tom Doig Tom Doig ´ 1 CHARACTERS FREE READ The Coal Face When I was an industrial officer for a trade union I used to represent members at the two water companies in the Latrobe Valley The first time I drove down to the Valley it was shortly after a bushfire had ripped through the place As I got close to Traralgon I thought I could smell the after effects of the fire a kind of sickly sw

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    FREE READ The Coal Face REVIEW · MUABANBATDONGSAN.CO ´ Tom Doig Tom Doig ´ 1 CHARACTERS These short Penguin books pack uite a punch This was a very interesting and confronting read about the Hazelwood coal mine fire in Morewell which burned for over a month and caused many of the residents in the area to become

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    FREE READ The Coal Face PDF/EPUB The Coal Face Tom Doig ´ 1 CHARACTERS I enjoyed this a lot The first half is an account of the fire itself and the political and economic background of privatisation and short sighted cost cutting decisions that opened Hazelwood up to a 45 day fire The second half is like Community Organising A Case Study and follows the ways a small dedicated group of Morwell residents organised

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    FREE READ The Coal Face PDF/EPUB The Coal Face I thought this would have been boring but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this was to read It was engaging and the nitiy grity facts about the Hazelwood mine was written in a way that wasn't dry which I thought would be impossible The third part about how the community of Morwell rallied together to get

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    PDF/EPUB The Coal Face The Coal Face is a remarkable account of how possibly the worst incident of environmental pollution in Victoria's history was entirely preventable and worse given the clusterfuck of events outlined by Doig was entirely predictable While much of the book is dedicated to mapping out the conditions and decision making that lead to the devastating coal mine fire Doig also manages to weave in intimate personal re

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    FREE READ The Coal Face PDF/EPUB The Coal Face An account of events leading up to the Morwell fire and its aftermath

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The Coal Face

CHARACTERS ò The Coal Face Tom Doig ´ 1 CHARACTERS FREE READ The Coal Face The smoke got thicker and darker and then it seemed to be coming from everywhere swirling around until it blanketed the entire town On 9 February 2014 a fire took hold in Victoria's Hazelwood coal mine next to Morwell and burned for one and a half months As the a. When I was an industrial officer for a trade union I used to represent members at the two water companies in the Latrobe Valley The first time I drove down to the Valley it was shortly after a bushfire had ripped through the place As I got close to Traralgon I thought I could smell the after effects of the fire a kind of sickly sweet smell of damp embers hanging in the air It was only later on subseuent trips when the fire was a distant memory that I realised what I had actually been smelling was brown coal being burnt in one of the very many power stations down there Power stations that provide Victoria with the majority of its electricityThis is the story of what might still prove to be the worst industrial accident is something eminently preventable still an accident in Victoria s history that is the Hazelwood Mine fire in 2014 The Hazelwood Power Station has the dubious honour of being the least carbon efficient power station in the OECD In a spate of neoliberal reforms initiated in the early 1990s the Valley went from being a reasonable rural community in which to live to being decimated by the privatisation of what had been the State Electrical Commission If you wanted to write a textbook on the social ills of neoliberal policies the history of towns like Moe and Morwell in the Valley would be hard to beat However as this book makes all too clear privatisation didn t just run a wrecking ball through these communities it produced a situation where a fire in one of the mines would be almost inevitableVictoria is one of the most bushfire prone areas on the planet This isn t really helped by us having Eucalyptus trees all over the place Stacked full of oil they generally go up like a bomb when the catch fire as this book explains So having an open cut mine in the middle of this state surrounded by trees planted ironically enough by the water board well summer time was bound to come eventually and the living was unlikely to be all that easyFortunately the privatisation of these facilities had meant the companies that took over from the state provider had an obsessive focus on safety no matter what the cost Okay you can stop laughing now The mine owners took the expensive sprinkler systems out of the mine not much point wasting money on such fripperies The other problems were all compounded by the fact that the mine is within spitting distance from the town of Morwell So when the mine caught fire it wasn t long before you could smell the smoke all over the Valley but particularly in Morwell You know how if you are a miner you are meant to bring a cannery with you into a mine and when that dies it is time for you to get out Well shortly after the fire started people s chickens started dying Then someone s dog sort of exploded It started bleeding from its paws and then pretty much from everywhere else A vet believed someone had doused it in petrol Soon humans were also being affected People started implementing their asthma plans then people who didn t have asthma started having to implement asthma plans too People started dying too in numbers that were much higher than normal All the while the government and the company that runs the plant mine were saying everything was just fineThis is a book that shows not only how un fine things were but also how people living in the area were able to mobilise to respond and finally to force governments to take seriously the horrific effects of this fire It shows how private companies respond when things go wrong essentially they go into shut down mode and media damage control This is a very short book Penguin seem to have a lot of these out at the moment and the couple I ve read have been a delight This one is particularly good if however not all that great for helping to maintain blood pressure I also think this might be the only time I ve ever read the Australian idiomatic expression I ve heard all my life flat knacker It means to work very hard but having said that I m not uite sure why it means that Knackers are testicles so I can t really tell you why them being flat might mean you are working hard Also to be knackered means to be exhausted the reference being to the knackers yard that is where old worn out horses are sent but I can t make flat work here either and would bet a knacker on the knacker in flat knacker referring to testicles rather than horses And that is often the way with idioms you know exactly what they mean right up until you need to explain them

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CHARACTERS ò The Coal Face Tom Doig ´ 1 CHARACTERS FREE READ The Coal Face Ir filled with toxic smoke and ash residents of the Latrobe Valley became ill afraid – and angry Up against an unresponsive corporation and an indifferent government the community banded together turning tragedy into a political fightTom Doig reveals the decade. I enjoyed this a lot The first half is an account of the fire itself and the political and economic background of privatisation and short sighted cost cutting decisions that opened Hazelwood up to a 45 day fire The second half is like Community Organising A Case Study and follows the ways a small dedicated group of Morwell residents organised to hold the government and private operators to account That all sounds pretty dry but Tom s writing style is a pleasure an easy read and understated but compelling prose It s also only a hundred pages which is approximately my ideal book length Totally recommended

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CHARACTERS ò The Coal Face Tom Doig ´ 1 CHARACTERS FREE READ The Coal Face S of decisions that led to the fire and gives an intimate account of the first moments of the blaze and the dark weeks that followed The Coal Face is a gripping and immediate report of one of the worst environmental and public health disasters in Australian histo. The Coal Face is a remarkable account of how possibly the worst incident of environmental pollution in Victoria s history was entirely preventable and worse given the clusterfuck of events outlined by Doig was entirely predictable While much of the book is dedicated to mapping out the conditions and decision making that lead to the devastating coal mine fire Doig also manages to weave in intimate personal reports while exploring the public health conseuences and subseuent political battles of the fire It makes for surprisingly compelling reading