The Work That Was. Parts 1 & 2

Australia, 1979

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Who Pays the Price? (Sydney, 1979, 30 min.): Looks at the possible social effects of technological change in the context of Australia’s economic system. “Futures” (Sydney, 1979, 30 min.): Looks at the decline of labour intensive manufacturing industries in Australia, unemployment in country towns, and the prospects of the coming mineral boom.

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