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Prospectors hold a golden future

THERE is some irony in the fact that prospectors have won a form of land rights, or least the wider rights to roam the land and explore for minerals.

The explorers who found the wealth like Paddy Hannan were hailed as heroes, with statues raised in their honour and hotel bars carrying their names.

But over time, mining became more corporatised and the lowly prospector was pushed down the pecking order.

Now the wily prospector has won new rights.

One can’t help but wonder if a new wave of discoveries, found cheaply by these sole operators fuelled by a lust for gold, might not break the impasse caused by native title claims.

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