Sustainability group blasts mining jobs expo

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The Saving our Sustainability group says a recent careers expo in South Australia was used to brainwash children with a pro-mining message.

According to ABC News the careers fair organised by the Eyre Peninsula Mining Alliance did not give a voice to those affected by mining’s negative impacts.

Milton Stevens from Saving our Sustainability said children were given pre prepared questions to ask and a balanced view of the mining industry was not presented.

"It appears that there is only one side coming across — very pro mining," he said.

ABC News reports Stevens said his group was considering approaching schools to voice a different story.

"The mining alliance perhaps don’t want the kids to ask questions that they can’t answer and they perhaps don’t want the kids asking those questions, they only want questions that they already have answers for," he said.

But Stephen Marlow from the Eyre Peninsula Mining Alliance said the material was provided to encourage children to ask questions.

"Children are very reticent, very shy about putting their hands up so what we did in Port Lincoln just to get the ball rolling, just to break the ice, was to provide some of the questions that had eventually been asked in other centres," he told ABC News.

"It was certainly pro-mining but if you’re talking about giving people jobs in an industry of course you are going to say things in favour of that industry but I don’t call that indoctrination, I call it providing people with information so they can make career choices."

Saving our Sustainability has previously spoken out against mining development in South Australia, including voicing concerns over Centrex Metals’ Fusion project on the Eyre Peninsula.

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