Gem miners starving

A STUDY by a Queensland University PhD researcher has found many vulnerable people in Queensland’s Gemfields, one of the country’s last remaining mining commons, are malnourished and living with no power, water or a sewerage system.

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Lisa Caffery interviewed 45 people from a population of about 1400 in the Gemfields in Queensland's Central Highlands as part of her study and found that despite the region's reputation as a precious