ONE STOP SHOP: A Quick at-a-glance value breakdown of Australia’s big issues of the day

By Wayne Goetze

 A new report has put the
value
of the Great Barrier Reef at more than double that of
Adani's planned coal mine.

VALUE BREAKDOWN!

REEF — $56 billion (economic, social and iconic)

MINE — $21.7 billion; project seen as step towards opening other coal projects in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

A new report has put the
value
of people's lives living in communities in the Northern Territory at less than
a third of their previous value since
the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER; the Intervention) of 2007.

VALUE BREAKDOWN!

Illustration by Tyler Arnold. 

Illustration by Tyler Arnold. 

BEFORE NTER — 110% more autonomy, all-around qualityof life. Still economic and social problems existing since colonisation as a result of imperialistic law, systemic marginalisation and disempowerment, limited opportunities for employment and 'meaningful contribution', but still, hope.

AFTER NTER — Over 100% more

Young people in detention (female youth incarceration rates have increased tenfold), moral decay in treatment of children in detention, legitimisation of attitude towards Aboriginal people as problematic/ settler state as authority over Indigenous lives, further denigration of Aboriginal homelands, worsened media representations of NT communities as places of violence, more people forced from their country to urban centres for a variety of reasons, welfare dependency increase, history repeating itself, despair.

A new report has put the
value
of Kangaroo meat at
more than triple that of beef.

VALUE BREAKDOWN!

KANGAROO—Only 2% body fat, open range, high quality protein, consumes 13% of the water compared with cows, kilojoule content similar, fewer methane emissions, don’t compact soil, don’t damage native ecosystems.

BEEF — Australians just love the taste.

SOURCE: The start of this article appropriated from Tracey Ferrier’s Australian article ‘The reef vs Adani's mine in numbers’, 26/6/2017.