Mine-Field by Paul Cleary | Black Inc.

Mine-Field: The Dark Side of Australia's Resources Rush

Awards for Mine-Field

  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Walkley Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize
  • Longlisted for the 2013 John Button Prize

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About the author

Paul Cleary

Paul Cleary began his career with Fairfax, leading to a decade of economic policy reporting in the Canberra press gallery. After studying in the UK as a Chevening Scholar, he became an adviser to Timor-Leste on resource negotiations. His work has focused …

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Praise for Mine-Field

‘This important book is compelling in its storytelling and chilling in its facts. It storms into the mining debate with a clarion call for more effective regulation. If you read it, you can’t help joining the chorus.’ —Geoff Cousins

Mine-Field provides a warts-and-all, no-holds-barred view of Australia’s mining industry. It is a must-read for anyone making an informed judgement on where our nation is going.’ —Tony Windsor

‘Cleary’s sharp and timely reportage should provoke – if not lead – an urgent, informed discussion about the mining industry’s role in our society.’ —Australian Book Review


‘Provocative, polemic and highly readable … a compelling book and I recommend people to read it.’ —Australian Journal of Politics and History


‘Paul Cleary’s take-no-prisoners survey of the resources boom is essential reading.’ —Sydney Morning Herald


‘Compelling, in-the-field reportage … an effective call-to-arms expose.’ —Courier Mail


‘Cleary writes well and argues cogently.’ —Australian


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