Correct me if I'm wrong but I note the wording has changed slightly from 'supporting a transition from coal' to now 'supporting coal'.
1. The young ones making their first fortune, buying their first house, got the jet-ski, late-model car, all the toys but no time to find a relationship on a FIFO schedule or trying to juggle a relationship on a FIFO schedule.
These mining workers give up a lot to earn the big dollars, they miss their kids' birthdays, wedding anniversaries, everyday milestones, hardly any family time.
When they do get R&R they're usually exhausted.
Statistically, most fail.
Assets are divided, not always equally & everybody starts again.
Miners know there is a race on.
It's a race between how much money you can make before your body breaks down or retirement age.
That means: in mining the lifestyle is shit but the money is too good. Many lose everything that they truly value in this pursuit.
Eventually, they give-up on relationships & just spend their R&R w/ prostitutes in The Philippines or Thailand
Fact is, mining rips families apart
There is a huge social cost to that
Now, I know no mining worker wants to go from $3-$4K or more per week to $275 per week on #Newstart, that's a no-brainer
And that's their fear, fair call.
Let's create a few more University towns in rural & regional Australia, similar to USA 'college' towns, in areas currently reliant on coal mining.
'If you build it, they will come' theory
Bcuz I reckon, given the opportunity, most in the mining industry would love to go home every night to their families if they could earn decent coin. It might help keep families together.
It'll give rural & regional kids opportunity to study closer to home.
It would have to be a whole community initiative (i.e. infrastructure/housing/schools/etc), not just plonk a university in the middle of a struggling community
It decentralizes the money, instead of a big mining company getting all the $$ to (supposedly) trickle-down, most $$ fly out with the FIFOs.
$$ will be spread throughout the community to a variety of stakeholders.