Departing Minerals Council of Australia head Brendan Pearson

They once strode the political landscape as apex predators, capable of determining policy and bringing down Prime Ministers. In the corridors of power, if their word wasn't law, it made even the most powerful tremble. Now, the two biggest rentseeker lobby groups in Australia, the Business Council and the Minerals Council, are looking like stricken dinosaurs in a world that's changed too rapidly for them to cope.