While shareholders are no doubt glad to see the end of Tom Albanese's expensive reign at Rio Tinto, perhaps his departure can also usher in some more sensible debate in Australia about productivity, industrial relations and the quality of our business management.

Courtesy of the mining boom, our national newspapers have for a long time assumed mining companies have had access to substantial mineral deposits, and to a higher form of economic wisdom to boot. Mining magnates have been assumed to be speaking ex cathedra when they opine about sovereign risk, the mining tax, lazy workers, disruptive unions and how Australia is a "high-cost place to do business", with fawning journalists eager to trumpet every word.