Oct 11, 2017

The human cost of the space industry in Australia

Australia's space aspirations have often been in lockstep with the development of weapon technology, and indigenous Australians have often paid the price for such endeavours, finds freelance writer and Adelaide-based researcher Ann Deslandes.

The Woomera rocket test range, South Australia

Last month, at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide: the government announced that Australia was getting a space agency; the Australian space community marked 50 years since Australia became one of very few countries to launch their own satellite into orbit; and thousands thrilled to the announcement by Elon Musk that a civilian mission to Mars is on track for 2020 aboard a new SpaceX mega-rocket.

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2 thoughts on “The human cost of the space industry in Australia

  1. graybul

    “Australia’s space aspirations have often been in lockstep with the development of weapon technology . . . . and, Australians have often paid the price for such endeavours.”

    Given Northern Territory as a possible space launch site; is it too ‘long a bow’ to link decades late, Defence ownership of their PFAS disastrous impact as an example of how once again, civilians are considered no more or less than collateral damage. Pity the parents and generations of children in Katherine now coming to terms with their exposure.

  2. [email protected]

    You can’t really argue against the majority. Our system works for the big groups depending on their worth. If a group of two are worth billions, then a state of 2 million people for eg. are worth far less and are easily sacrificed. Not a problem. It is pure economics and makes good sense. What do we do with the populace that have been sacrificed….provide a counsellor or two. And that is what life is like in Australia. I prefer a war personally and as soon as we can. The Chinese and the North Koreans and the South East Asian countries will overrun us. It will be Nasi Goreng for dinner. Not a bad change if I get to live. If I die it will be with a smile on my face because I fought to save Australia and we lost. I hope we win, but deep down I know we can’t. Our leaders and their Lobby mates are too corrupt, in a legal sense they aren’t but they cannot be trusted to tell the truth at all because the polity is a theatrical performing device and the politician is an actor! Love the system but we here in Australia have been corrupted by the Democrats in America who have been tinkering with it, and they were the good guys!!

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