Sacrificing children to a smokestack

The story of how government failed to face up to the effects of the Port Pirie lead smelter on its town's children until now is a tragic parable in how we can choose to ignore the best advice of scientists in a desperate attempt to preserve jobs.

A few days ago it was announced that the federal government would be providing a $150 million loan guarantee to enable the Port Pirie lead smelter in South Australia to undertake a major upgrade. This will enable the smelter to extract a greater range of valuable trace metals and critically, reduce the level of its lead air emissions.

So what the hell has this got to do with Climate Spectator – a publication focussed on climate change and energy issues?

{{content.question}}

Mastercard

{{ twilioFailed ? 'SMS Code Failed to Send…' : 'An SMS verification code has been sent ...' }}

Hi {{ user.FirstName }}

Looks like you have already taken a free trial

Please enter your payment details

We have sent you a code via SMS to {{user.DayPhone}}

please enter this code below to complete your SMS verification

We cannot send you a code via SMS to {{user.DayPhone}}

If you didn't receive SMS code please

SMS code cannot be sent due to: {{ twilioStatus }}

Please select one of the options below:

Looks you are already a member. Please enter your password to proceed

Please untick this box when using a public or shared device


Verify your mobile number to proceed...

Please check your mobile number below and press the Send Verification Code button. This will be used to complete your verification in the next step.

Please sign up for full access

Mastercard

Updating information

Please wait ...

Trial

Mastercard
{{ productPrice }} / day
( GST included )
Price $0
GST $0
Discount -{{productDiscount}}
TOTAL {{productPrice}}
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Please click on the ACTIVATE button to finalise your membership

Mastercard

The email address you entered is registered with InvestSMART.

Please login or select "Don't know password"

Please untick this box when using a public or shared device


Register as a new member

(using a different email)

Related Articles