Ruhr or Appalachia? Deciding the future of Australia's coal power workers and communities

The Ruhr or Appalachia? Deciding the future of Australia’s coal power workers and communities

IRRC Report for CFMMEU Mining and Energy, October 2018

Communities grow around power stations and the mines that supply them. They are unique communities bonded in many cases by history, geography, difficult and dangerous working conditions and good unionised jobs. They are also uniquely vulnerable in their heavy dependence on the coal power industry.  This analysis of transitions in resource economies internationally and here in Australia provides valuable insights into the ingredients of success and the wide scope of outcomes.

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