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The Coal Face: Penguin Special: Penguin Special by [Doig, Tom]
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Length: 81 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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'The smoke got thicker and darker and then it seemed to be coming from everywhere, swirling around until it blanketed the entire town . . .'

On 9 February 2014 a fire took hold in Victoria's Hazelwood coal mine next to Morwell and burned for one and a half months. As the air filled with toxic smoke and ash, residents of the Latrobe Valley became ill, afraid - and angry. Up against an unresponsive corporation and an indifferent government, the community banded together, turning tragedy into a political fight.

Tom Doig reveals the decades of decisions that led to the fire, and gives an intimate account of the first moments of the blaze and the dark weeks that followed. The Coal Face is a gripping and immediate report of one of the worst environmental and public health disasters in Australian history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 822 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (25 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UKSWPY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The workplace safety context 5 April 2015
By Widnes99 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Doig’s book, The Coal Face, summarises many of the issues raised by the inquiry by looking at a selection of personal stories from residents, neighbours and firefighters. It is a short book of just over 100 pages but it is an important reminder that the consequences of the mine fire are still being felt....
The book is not an expose a la The Killing of Karen Silkwood as it does not have the overt anger and anti-corporate sentiment but those elements are present through the application of restraint in the writing and the use of ‘cliffhangers”....
...The Coal Face was never intended to be a rehash of the inquiry report and submissions. It is both an update on the current status of the inquiry (inactive) and an insight into the public health effects of the fire’s smoke on Latrobe Valley residents without the hyperbole of the tabloid media or the formality of statements to the government inquiry. (full article at http://safetyatworkblog.com/2015/03/23/ohs-and-public-health-at-the-coal-face/#more-81209)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How a Community got Active 1 April 2015
By suered - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a well researched and readable account of what happened to the community of Morwell after the Hazlewood fire

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