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Alcoa: A licence to kill

Earlier this year a black swan was admitted to a Perth wildlife shelter after it had landed in one of Alcoa’s caustic red mud lakes. The bird’s injuries included burns to its head, eyes, beak, throat and legs as well as internal poisoning. This was not an isolated incident. Usually when swans land in these poisonous bodies of water they are shot by Alcoa staff as the company has been given permission to do this by Western Australia's Department of Environment and Conservation.

Oz-Budget Monster 2009: official Public Partnership with Growth Lobby

To achieve this bootstrap economy, this Australian sideshow of perpetual motion, or the revival of dead spirits, the PM has invented something called the Australian Business Investment Partnership (ABIP). It's a public-private partnership between the Federal government and the commercial property sector. The Developers and the big four banks think it's just great - so that's okay ... isn't it?

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