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15 November 2018


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Bernard Corden

Dear Robert,

Many thanks for your kind response. Joseph hails from Karisokera and the Mikaimowo clan. It's certainly much different from Manny Shinwell's electorate.

Robert Forster

Hello Joseph and Bernard - I am sorry my attempt at Gendekar was cryptic. It is almost 50 years since I lived with people who spoke it and can only remember a handful of words like "good" and "work".

I had hoped to pass on to Joseph that I recognised much of what he had said, had shared some of the Bundi experience he described, and so had enjoyed what he had written - but I clearly failed in this.

I learned last year that there was a sizeable extraction effort was being undertaken at Yandera which was one of the more remote villages at the head of the Imbrum river and was surprised by this - which underlines the length of time I have lived elsewhere and also some naivety.

Perhaps the latter emphasises that even in the headwaters of the Imbrum there is no escape from the global economy?

Bernard Corden

I can vividly remember the grand wizard and former minister Ian Macfarlane in the public gallery during the coal workers' pneumoconiosis inquiry plucking away at a banjo and devising strategies to preserve corporate and shareholder interests and socialise any losses.

Since retiring from politics he has been rewarded with a sinecure as CEO with the Queensland Resources Council to replace Michael Roche.

Roche is now a director on the board of WorkCover Queensland as the treasury juggles with chain saws to protect its virtual pot of gold, which masquerades as a workers' compensation scheme.

Bernard Corden

Dear Robert - Development may bring work for the Gende clan but is never ecologically sustainable.

The track record of most rapacious corporate terrorists including Marengo Mining and Ramu Nickel is appalling and the devastating consequences often include catastrophic environmental damage with debilitating occupational diseases such as mesothelioma, black lung and silicosis:

a) W G Grace Libby Montana
b) Union Carbide Hawks Nest West Virginia
c) Union Carbide Bhopal
d) Occidental Petroleum Love Canal New York State
e) Occidental Petroleum Piper Alpha
f) Massey Energy Upper Big Branch West Virginia
g) BP Deepwater Horizon
h) BHP BMA/Anglo Coal/ Glencore Black Lung
i) Cape PLC Barking East London Mesothelioma
j) Turner & Newall Armley Leeds Mesothelioma
k) CSR Wittenoom
l) James Hardie
m) Mr Fluffy
n) CRA Bougainville
o) BHP Ok Tedi
p) Delta Gold Guadalcanal
q) Radium Dial Company and The Radium Girls
r) BHP/Vale Samarco
s) Animas River Colorado
t) Valley of the Drums Kentucky
u) Baal Gammon Walsh River FNQ
v) RAAF Reseal Deseal and PFAS
w) Aberfan
x) Anglo American Mount Morgan
y) Peabody Coal Wollar NSW
z) Alcoa Wagerup Refinery Yarloop WA

If labour, which is far superior to capital, was equitably distributed it would create shorter working days, decrease unemployment and enhance interest in the arts and sciences to preserve culture:

The merger of corporate and state interests and worship of the Friedman doctrine in an era of rampant unfettered casino capitalism with laissez faire ideology ensures profit is privatised and the loss is socialised.

Mountain top mining throughout Appalachia is disgraceful and Clive Palmer is merely an Australian replica of the socially autistic Don Blankenship.

"A reasonable estimate of economic organization must allow for the fact that, unless industry is to be paralyzed by recurrent revolts on the part of outraged human nature, it must satisfy criteria, which are not purely economic" (RH Tawney - Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, 1926)

Joseph Tambure

Thank you very much for publishing my poem on PNG Attitude. This is very encouraging to write more.

This is another way of the silent majority expressing their problems peacefully.

Robert Forster

Mogeri, Joseph. Kongo omwe.

Bernard Corden

Keep up the great work Joseph, an economy is not a society.

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