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Bradon Ellem

The Pilbara

From the Deserts Profits Come

UWA Publishing 2017

New Books in Australian and New Zealand StudiesNew Books in EconomicsNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network September 22, 2017 Jason Schulman

In his new book, The Pilbara: From the Deserts Profits Come (UWA Publishing, 2017), Bradon Ellem, Professor of Employment Relations at the University of...

In his new book, The Pilbara: From the Deserts Profits Come (UWA Publishing, 2017), Bradon Ellem, Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Sydney Business School, explores the Pilbara region of Western Australia, a mining region central to the Australian economy and the Australian imagination, but one that few Australians truly know in depth. Focusing on the workers of the Pilbara, Ellem argues that despite the region’s history of unionism, the significant power-grab by companies in the 1980s meant that the great mining boom of the early 21st century favored company profits over union prophets.