Cashed up Bogans

An article on salaries in the mining sector.

Despite having earned roughly US$1 million since he started, he has no savings and doesn’t apologize. “The mines are so dull, that when you get back here, everything is stimulation and excitement,” he said. “The money I spend supports other businesses because of the [stuff] I blow it on.”

Mr. Dinnison proudly calls himself a Cub—a Cashed-up Bogan, a bogan referring to Australian slang for an uneducated blue-collar worker. Books and documentaries are coming out about this group, exploring the country’s unease with the thought that conspicuous consumption by undereducated people is what is helping to keep the country afloat.

(HT: Noodle and VR)

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115 Responses to Cashed up Bogans

  1. Karl Kessel

    Counterpoint on ABC is running a series on mineworkers.

  2. thefrollickingmole

    A great deal of the angst expressed about “cub” people is that the wrong sort of people are getting big dollars.

    Its class envy by those who were taught that a university degree (of any sort) would pretty well mean your income was above the uneducated herd.

    Weve heard some of that resentment before with complaints about traidies earning big dollars for a while.

    Now its “uneducated bogans” earning big dollars.

    There is a real bitterness by the “educated classes” (lawyers, etc) that their study was “for nothing”. But in 10 years or less the boom will be gone and the world will be right for them again… The wealthy.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    I know stockbrokers and lawyers who earn hundreds of thousands and blow it all on loose women, slow horses and fast living. Big deal. It’s their freaking life.

  4. I am Bird's fat arse

    You guys are about five years too late:

    http://thingsboganslike.com/

  5. Mother Hubbard's Dog

    I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.

    George Best

  6. Infidel Tiger

    http://thingsboganslike.com/

    More like things inner city lefties are scared of.

  7. hammygar

    There is a strong case for wages in the mining industry above a certain level (say 50% above average weekly earnings) to be compulsorily sequestrated in a superannuation-like account that would be deferred for say fifteen or twenty years when circumstances may have changed. It’s a real tragedy that a worker’s resources are wasted in this manner. Society has an obligation to intervene and help these people to manage their lives better.

  8. Infidel Tiger

    Society has an obligation to intervene and help these people to manage their lives better.

    I agree. I also propose that anyone who votes Green be sterilised with a sledgehammer and some rusty pliers.

  9. Bruce

    Flip side of this is metallurgists & mining engineers can earn so much that can retire on investments by 45. So the skills issue is getting worse because companies are paying so much.

    One day the kids might notice this and do eng instead of B Env at uni. I’m not holding my breath though because BE is hard & dirty and B Env Sci sucks feathers.

  10. m0nty

    It’s true, the TBL blog has covered this ground extensively. There’s a lot there to satirise, and those boys have exhausted every possibility.

    The only class envy I’m hearing is from people like thefrollickingmole against the educated. But hey, there’s a similar blog sending them up too. The mole would probably see a bit of himself in that blog.

  11. JamesK

    Society has an obligation to intervene and help these people to manage their lives better.

    Hhammygstrung and leftism in a nutshell

  12. Mother Hubbard's Dog

    There is a strong case for wages in the mining industryhammy’s word allocation above a certain level (say 50% above average weekly earnings more than two words per post) to be compulsorily sequestrated in a superannuation-like account that would be deferred for say fifteen or twenty years when circumstances may have changedhe may have come to his senses. It’s a real tragedy that a worker’swanker’s resources are wasted in this manner. Society has an obligation to intervene and help these people to manage their lives better.

  13. ar

    who earn hundreds of thousands and blow it all on loose women, slow horses and fast living

    Ditto. And anything left over, I just waste…

  14. Feral Abacus

    Hammygunk must be trolling. No one can really be that dense and still have the mental capacity to switch on a computer.

  15. papachango

    Hammygunk must be trolling. No one can really be that dense and still have the mental capacity to switch on a computer.

    Shades of Alene Composta, only far less subtle

  16. Poida

    Hammygar,

    You’ve said there’s a strong case, but you fail to back that up with any evidence or argument. And you’ve dead set lost me at “Society has an obligation to intervene…”

    Would you indulge me and outline exactly what other obligations “Society” has and the exact limits (if any) of these? I figure when you do this you will quickly realise that there is no limit to the powers you will surrender to the State in your utopian dream.

    When I read phrases like “Society has an obligation to intervene…” I generally reach for my wallet, just to check it’s still there.

    It used to be bleeding hearts only cared for the poor, now they’re worried about the affluent too? Where will it end? Pokie wins collected as an annuity?

    So when you’re settled in your armchair philosophising about the perfect society, try to go lighter on the obligations.

  17. thefrollickingmole

    m0nty

    Yes just an uneducated cotton picker massa….

    Pull yopur head in nutbag, I run a successful business now, and was a Paramedic/trainer in the mining industry for a number of years.
    In addition Im a JP, so I do know a little about the law.

    Ive treated dead miners, live miners and heard a lot about what big money can do to relationships and individuals.

    Why no talk of a “2 speed economy” of lawyers/doctors/etc before the boom. Or is that the way the world is meant to be?

    I might also ad that much of the shortage of dentists can be tracked back to unpleasent job/high pay seeing many of them finish their careers early as well.

    Maybe we should quarantine 1/2 their pay as well?

  18. JamesK

    Shades of Alene Composta, only far less subtle

    Except the original story is as advertised.

    I don’t think leftists are smart enough to parody themselves

    James Dinnison the cub says: “I’m qualified enough now that I’ll always have a job” and: “Without mining, I’d be an auto mechanic making $600 a week. I love mining, mate.”

    He truly pisses off the sandal-wearers

  19. m0nty

    No one is immune from parody, mole. Lighten up, bro!

  20. twostix

    The only class envy I’m hearing is from people like thefrollickingmole against the educated.

    BS M0nt, there was an entire article in the magazine The Monthly last month sneering at the rich tradie and his Hilux.

  21. Rafe

    There is a strong case for people to take care of their own savings and super as well, so there would be no compulsion and people could take on personal reponsibility for health insurance, buying home, looking after children and old age instead of depending on the Big Nanny to put her hand into other people’s pockets.

  22. Sean

    in the magazine The Monthly last month

    It’s a shite magazine, what more could we expect?

    The problem with the douchebaggery that gobble up rags like that is they wear their non-materialist values (well developed on state funded jobs for life) like a badge of honour, thus look down on others to make themselves feel good and cultured.

    That’s the stupid mistake they make. Liberty involves accepting that some people have different values to you, and if they are not doing you any harm, then other than offering advice, you have no right to be telling others how to live. The free market is driven by the anarchic order of these different value scales.

    The cultural elite stems from this problem. The quest of living well I think, as Aristotle put it, is balance.

  23. THR

    The only class envy I’m hearing is from people like thefrollickingmole against the educated.

    Exactly. The right developed their resentment of the educated some years ago, when News Ltd trollumnists would routinely deride academics as ‘elites’, whilst studiously avoiding any reference to economic elites. It also helps explain why blogs like this see peer review as a conspiracy, and why commentators mock Shakespeare as ‘pretentious’.

  24. C.L.

    The right developed their resentment of the educated some years ago…

    Ahahahaha.

    I blame Rhodes scholar Tony Abbott.

  25. Abu Chowdah

    The right developed their resentment of the educated some years ago

    Snort.

  26. Feral Abacus

    I don’t like using the term “elites” to describe the tweed-wearing, muesli-chewing classes who turn up their noses at the unwashed masses in the private sector. Calling them elite implies they’re good at something.

  27. Infidel Tiger

    Some of the uneducated trogs here were discussing Herodotus and Sparta yesterday. Low brow scum.

  28. dover_beach

    Very amusing, THR.

  29. thefrollickingmole

    THR.
    Shakespeare is great.

    So who are Australias “elites” then, or are you claiming a number of these “panick” articles on mining “cubs” are just an abberation?

    1
    2:
    Working class boganism stealing our best and brightest

    This bloke probably nails it best, even if he is a self confessed Marxist twat:

    Nichols admits it comes from a Marxist viewpoint, ”in a manner of speaking”. The way he sees it, the stereotyping of different kinds of people and places in Australia as ”bogan” is a dangerous reignition of the class war.

    Advertisement: Story continues below ”People don’t talk about the working class any more,” he says.

    ”They aren’t able to say they despise the poor. But people feel free to talk about despising bogans. What they’ve done is create this creature that is a lesser human being to express their interclass hatred. Something that is an innately inferior and diminished version of a human, like a Neanderthal.”

    Nichols thinks this widespread way of thinking exposes the elites’ and traditional middle classes’ fears, prejudices and ignorance. ”I want people to stop believing that a sector of the population is beyond consideration for part of society. It sucks,” he says. ”It really does.” He argues the notion of a ”bogan” has become a bogyman for those who think they are better than others.

  30. Mother Hubbard's Dog

    THR, the educated are not a homogenous group. They can be (roughly) divided into those who got educated and then got a productive job or started a productive company, and those who got educated and then wasted themselves in the academy or a similar befouled backwater.

    The latter are rightly derided (both as in correctly and as in by the right) as elitist wastrels. I think the correct way to characterize the attitude of Catallaxy denizens to them would be pity, rather than resentment.

  31. papachango

    I don’t think leftists are smart enough to parody themselves

    True, with some exceptions. Stuff White people like is actually quite a brilliant pisstake at inner city greens-voting types, and is written by a lefty.

    But normally leftists will do a ‘moby’ – i.e. try to parody the right to make their view seems really racist and outrageous. They tend to get spotted a mile off.

  32. THR

    The latter are rightly derided (both as in correctly and as in by the right) as elitist wastrels.

    Yes, devoting your life to teaching and research makes you an elitist ‘wastrel’. Exhibit A on why rightists hate book learnin’.

  33. thefrollickingmole

    BTW, just reading “Joe Cinques consolation” its a book that makes me angry to read. Not just the death of the bloke, but the lack of consequences for all those “bright and best” uni kids who aided the killers. Eg: The bloke who sold the heroin used to kill Joe is (at the time of the books writing) an articled clerk, on his way to becoming a lawyer.

    A strong reccomendation on the book though, bloody good.

    Id take 50 bogans over those entitled turds any day.

  34. Mother Hubbard's Dog

    devoting your life to teaching and research makes you an elitist ‘wastrel’.

    This is not true, nor is it what I said. The problem is that most of them devote themselves to self-promotion, back-stabbing and lecturing the rest of us on how we should behave, rather than the noble ambitions you suggest.

  35. dover_beach

    Yes, devoting your life to teaching and research makes you an elitist ‘wastrel’. Exhibit A on why rightists hate book learnin’.

    What of exhibit B, one Sinclair Davidson?

  36. ar

    Exhibit A on why rightists hate book learnin’

    We only hate fancy book learnin’…

  37. ar

    Not that there’s any such thing as a “rightist”…

  38. jtfsoon

    I have read Joe Cinque’s Consolation too.

    To be fair, Anus Singh is hardly representative of the average university law graduate. It sounds like she had ermm … issues (knowing she is a law grad I would be reluctant to be more specific).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anu_Singh

    Singh is now writing her PhD thesis at the University of Sydney on Offending Women – Toward a Greater Understanding of Female Criminality.[32]

    FFS this is the kind of thing that gives university degrees a bad name

  39. thefrollickingmole

    jtfsoon

    Bugger me with a pineapple! I didnt know that.

  40. Entropy

    Yes, devoting your life to teaching and research makes you an elitist ‘wastrel’. Exhibit A on why rightists hate book learnin’.

    What of exhibit B, one Sinclair Davidson?

    Obviously a class traitor. To the Gulag, comrade!

  41. jtfsoon

    Singh is now writing her PhD thesis at the University of Sydney on Offending Women – Toward a Greater Understanding of Female Criminality.[32]

    Subtitled ‘How I killed my boyfriend and ended up writing a PhD thesis about it’

  42. C.L.

    Other uneducated heroes of the right include Victor Davis Hanson (one of the best-selling military and antiquity scholars in the world), Charles Krauthammer* (a physician) and Ann Coulter (Ivy League dynamo, multiple New York Times best seller).

    * Tim Blair, October 2002:

    Following are the highlights from Adams’s preposterous, self-parodic column:

    Let me introduce you to the wonderfully christened Charles Krauthammer. It’s a name worthy of Evelyn Waugh or Dickens. And it fits its owner like a glove. An iron glove containing, yes, an iron fist. For Krauthammer simultaneously evokes notions of a master race and massive blows to the anvil.

    Krauthammer wasn’t christened “Krauthammer”. Krauthammer is his surname. In fact, it’s likely Krauthammer wasn’t christened at all. Why would he be? He’s Jewish.

    Philip Adams: scholar of the left.

  43. Chris M

    Rather like the young architects being peeved that the rough, uncouth and uneducated tradesmen working on the building they designed were earning far more than them.

    Poor little sweets, jealous of the bogan now.

    (Bogan = new PC name for working class)

  44. twostix

    Yes, devoting your life to teaching and research makes you an elitist ‘wastrel’. Exhibit A on why rightists hate book learnin’.

    See what THR did? He (with no self awareness at all) turned a post about the left sneering at “uneducated bogans” into a post about how if any of us nobodies who are forced to pay for those who “devote their lives” to such amazing fields of endeavor as Gender Studies dare not show sufficient reverence to the generally unhinged, extremist proclamations of said devotees that we’re self evidently, non-curious, anti-book learnin…bogans.

  45. twostix

    Other uneducated heroes of the right include Victor Davis Hanson (one of the best-selling military and antiquity scholars in the world), Charles Krauthammer* (a physician) and Ann Coulter (Ivy League dynamo, multiple New York Times best seller).

    C.L Everbody knows Victor Hanson is just warmongering fascist mouthpiece in the pay of the Republican Party and the Koch Bro’s. No *real* thinking academic would ever be anything other than a social democrat or marxist, I mean he doesn’t even embrace Social Justice *eyeroll*.

  46. Winston Smith

    I’m a bogan, and don’t give a damn who knows it.
    I’m proud, I tell you, proud of my boganish ways.
    Bogans Rule…OK!

  47. Adrien

    Krauthammer wasn’t christened “Krauthammer”. Krauthammer is his surname. In fact, it’s likely Krauthammer wasn’t christened at all. Why would he be? He’s Jewish.

    Have to admit it’s ironic. Krauthammer sounds like an odious SS thug in an episode of Hogan’s Heroes. Or maybe the cop Arnold Schwarzanegger would’ve played had he stayed in Austria and gone on TV.

    Sgt Krauthammer. He’s a retired cop and works as a security consultant for Conan the Republican as seen on TV.

  48. Adrien

    the country’s unease with the thought that conspicuous consumption by undereducated people is what is helping to keep the country afloat

    I thought the country’s unease was in being a bunch of undereducated people who consume conspicuously. ‘Unease’ is probably the wrong word entirely.

    I’m a bogan, and don’t give a damn who knows it.

    No need to say, we can tell. 🙂

  49. Rococo Liberal

    The left hate bogans for earning too much, having too many things and not respecting the left.

    The right hate boganish thing, but not bogans.

    The left think that anyone who is an academic is somehow worthy of respect

    The Right only respect academics who are learned and realise that those with the real brains are in engaged in private enterprise.

  50. JamesK

    Have to admit it’s ironic

    It’s a toss-up as to who’s the more stupid between Adrien and Philip Adams.

  51. Adrien

    The left hate bogans for earning too much

    Really? I hate ’em because they keep discovering things I like, turning up and destroying them.

  52. Feral Abacus

    Really? I hate ‘em because they keep discovering things I like, turning up and destroying them.

    “I liked X, Y, & Z before it was mainstream.”

    Hipster altert.

  53. Adrien

    It’s a toss-up as to who’s the more stupid between Adrien and Philip Adams.

    Well perhaps, but it’s dead certain that you’re the stupidest of them all. The mirrors on the walls of the world agree.

    BTW, if you really want me to go to town on you Jimmy. I mean turn a phrase of insult so dark that you’ll still be psychologically crippled by it when you’re 70 then compare me to Philip Adams.

    I’m not exactly an admirer.

  54. Rebel with cause

    It’s not true that he has no savings. He would have at least a hundred grand in super.

  55. Adrien

    Hipster altert.

    Well never denied it? 🙂

    I’ve been reading about the history of Chicago House. It was good until about ’86 when the gangsters showed up and then the fights and shooting started. Well I never had actual gun problems but I can relate. Like all the boofheads who started showing up to small rock gigs in the late 80s and drowning out the band with ‘More beer, More beer, More beer’.

    It ain’t a class thing it’s a behaviour thing. There’s these little nooks in the world with beautiful music and pleasant spirited people. Why do the oiks have to turn up and fuck it up again and again? Really?

    That’s the good thing about classical music, that never happens.

  56. ken n

    That’s the good thing about classical music, that never happens.

    You’ve been going to the wrong concerts.

  57. Rococo Liberal

    So Adrien you keep liking things and then Bogans turn up and ruin them for you?

    It’s clear then that you are a bogan yourself, but a TSB, a trend-setting bogan.

    Bogans never show up and ruin things that we real toffs like. If you improved your taste, you might have more fun.

  58. Abu Chowdah

    The Right only respect academics who are learned and realise that those with the real brains are in engaged in private enterprise.

    Come now. That’s foolish talk.

  59. Adrien

    Bogans never show up and ruin things that we real toffs like.

    No, the toffs are pretty good at wrecking things in their own way. It’s kinda hard to enjoy Beethoven’s 5th properly when you can hear all those necks getting itchy from the starch. 🙂

    You’ve been going to the wrong concerts.

    There are people showing up to György Ligeti’s recitals and yelling Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!

    ??

    Nah. There are no Ligeti recitals in ‘Straya mate. You want that stuff rent out 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Shining.

  60. Adrien

    It’s clear then that you are a bogan yourself, but a TSB, a trend-setting bogan.

    Rococo my dear man, the only trend bogans ever set was reality TV.

  61. John Comnenus

    Time for the innaugural Cat File Bogan Quiz:

    Four questions:

    1.Who’s the biggest boganaire out there (bogan Millionaire)?
    2.Who’s the greatest bogantuer out there (bogan story teller)?
    3.Who’s the greatest boganational person out there (inspirational bogan)?
    4.Bonus points easy question: Who’s the greatest bogantician of the day (Bogan Politician)?

    We all know that the late Carl Williams was the greatest Boganal out there. (Bogan Criminal)

    Are there any categories I missed?

  62. Mother Hubbard's Dog

    Are there any categories I missed?

    bogaven (bogan trend setter)

  63. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Having just returned from four days oscillating between the boom areas and a certain capital city, the spite-filled jealousy of the luvvies has been on display to me.

    A former junior subordinate of mine now earns more than I do, driving a haulpack. The luvvies were trying to sympathise with me about this, ‘must be hard watching a bogan earning more than you…’ BS.

    If looks could kill I’d be dead. I’m quite proud of him. he earns his company millions net profit a year by hauling coal. It’s a serious skill he’s developed. It’s taken him 6 years to get to senior driver in a big mine, FiFo via Alliance,works two weeks on 12/7, 2 weeks off, 168 hours in 4 weeks, two drug tests a week, any hint of booze or drugs and you’re sacked on the spot.

    He’s on 200+. He’s earned it. he’s paid off his home and bought 2 investment properties.

    I do not understand why these clowns think this should worry me. WHy the hell should I be torqued about that? Why the hell are luvvies who refuse to leave the inner city (their choice) and who got waste-of-space degrees (their choice) be jealous?

    I just said to them that if they wanted to go and get their heavy machinery licences, and then spend 2 years in a crappy mine using old kit on only $90-100, then in 4 years they’d be on his wages.

    The horror on their faces said it all. They are scared of hard work in remote areas.

    What a pack of betas.

    Mk50
    Brisbane

  64. Budgie

    I agree that the term bogan is offensive. However, I do find this class of people objectionable for their lack of class consciousness. So when I hear the term “CUB”, it is less offensive to me than it might otherwise have been. People that forget their roots and start championing reactionary politics get little sympathy from me. And lets face it, most Cubs like to become members of the Liberal Party and seek preselection. They advocate closed borders and are climate change deniers (they need to protect their right to own a McMansion, afterall).

  65. Myrrdin Seren

    Vote 1

    1.Who’s the biggest boganaire out there (bogan Millionaire)?

    Nathan Tinkler.

    And in discussing Nathan, you also have various interpretations of ‘biggest’ that can be applied.

  66. jumpnmcar

    “(they need to protect their right to own a McMansion, afterall).”

    Ooh yeah, after rent, of course.

    http://www.dailymercury.com.au/story/2011/11/16/moranbah-rental-prices-skyrocket-real-estate/

  67. .

    The only class envy I’m hearing is from people like thefrollickingmole against the educated. But hey, there’s a similar blog sending them up too. The mole would probably see a bit of himself in that blog.

    Shut up you idiot. I am highly educated and 100% with mole.

    Things Bogans Like is an unfunny and derivative foil to the always delightful SWPL.

    Singh is now writing her PhD thesis at the University of Sydney on Offending Women – Toward a Greater Understanding of Female Criminality.[32]

    Subtitled ‘How I killed my boyfriend and ended up writing a PhD thesis about it’

    She’s a living, breathing piece of shit.

  68. Rabz

    twostix @ 3:02pm – nailed it.

    BTW, it gives me great joy to see Hidey’s still got his panties in a bunch over my observations about the Bard and the relevance and application of his works to our post-modern paradigm.

    Keep frothin’ Hidey.

    Myrrdin – I think you meant the person below:

    1.Who’s the biggest boganaire out there (bogan Millionaire)?

    Clive Palmer, in more ways than one.

  69. John comnenus

    Twiggy tries to be the biggest boganaire, but it has to be Palmer or Tinkler. Tinkler owns an ARL team, so he pips Palmer in my book. What about Singo, Rus Crowe or Ray Hadley as the boganteur of the year? Which Cat owner is the biggest Boganemic (bogan academic)? My money’s on Steve Kates.

  70. Adrien

    bogaven (bogan trend setter

    Name one.

  71. Mk50 of Brisbane

    jumpnmcar, Emerald, Gladstone, Alpha, Darwin, Dampier, Onslow (Onslow!) are all the same as Moranbar.

    Mk50
    Brisbane

  72. Adrien

    What is a ‘bogan’ anyway? Is Jimmy Barnes a bogan? It’s just a bit hazy and I want a more concrete picture of who we’re all dumping on.

  73. bogaven (bogan trend setter

    Name one.

    Warnie

  74. Infidel Tiger

    1.Who’s the biggest boganaire out there (bogan Millionaire)?

    Nathan Tinkler.

    Excellent work, Myrrdin.

  75. C.L.

    Adrien, you have the tatts of a bogan but do you have the flanns, the ughs, the Holden V8 ute, the perpetual stubble, the tall boy full of orange safety shirts, the steel-capped boots, the jaded indifference to place of the FIFO cowboy, the Matty Johns DVD, the Pearl Jam box set, the bespoke aluminium tool box (preferably two) etc etc?

  76. Infidel Tiger

    … and three kids all named Jackson – different spellings.

  77. sdfc

    Whatever happened to black DBs?

  78. Abu Chowdah

    Jayden. Not Jackson.

  79. Mk50 of Brisbane

    What’s this, pretend-you-are-a-lefty-elitist night?

    Mk50
    Brisbane

  80. Louis Hissink

    Nothing new – miners at Kambalda during the 1970’s did the same thing, Hughes wages, no saving, etc etc.

  81. C.L.

    Not at all, Mark.

    They’re not beyond the Aussie sense of humour, surely.

    But look, I don’t admire mindless hihilism in any group – be they royals, greenies or mine workers.

    The bloke cited in the post who claims to have blown $1 million in wages on booze, toys and the TAB is, frankly, an idiot.

  82. m0nty

    Saw a bogan outside my apartment building today: wearing an Audi logo shirt, driving a Nissan Skyline.

    Note: this is a non-cashed-up bogan.

  83. Rabz

    Oops – sorry Myrrdin, just saw a picture – you were right about Tinkles!

  84. Boy on a bike

    There is a strong case for wages in the green blood sucking green industries above a certain level (say 50% above a McDonalds burger flipper) to be compulsorily sequestrated in a superannuation-like account that would be deferred for say fifteen or twenty years when circumstances may have changed. It’s a real tragedy that a Green’s resources are wasted on hair shirts, soy lattes, prius, Green party membership, eco tours of Tibet and products woven from yoghurt. Society has an obligation to intervene and help these fucking retards to manage their lives better.

  85. jumpnmcar

    MK50
    True about the rent, but only for contractors.
    Employees of Xstrata in Glenden and Tieri pay about $50 p/w rather than $3000 p/w.

    A friend is on $28 per hour (plus bonuses ), underground, $50 p/w rent.
    He still grossed over $140k and he,missus and kid(3) love the town.
    Although, I don’t recommend you shop there.

  86. John Comnenus

    Alas, when I was a bogan there was no such thing as a cashed up one. The school uniform in Auburn was desert boots, western suburbs footy socks and gray king gee shorts. If you were lucky you got to go to the community school at Silverwater and learnt an industrial trade like fitter and turner and went straight into a job in a factory. That was good back in the 80s when unemployment was high. Agh, the good old days before the advent of the CUB. We called ourselves Westies back then.

  87. jumpnmcar

    B.O.B.

    You forgot Getup donations!!

  88. 2dogs

    “But in 10 years or less the boom will be gone and the world will be right for them again”

    The revaluation of manual labour is more fundamental than just the mining boom.

    Other factors such as offshoring are devaluing knowledge workers.

  89. Rafe

    Hey John, re Cat bogan academics, Steve Kates probably doesn’t even follow a football team, I follow the mighty Parramatta eels, (not to mention the Mighty Demons) that must be worth a few bogan academic points, even if I am not an official academic.

  90. JamesK

    Eels is good.

    You should have said the Poies for top marks

  91. Jeremiah

    They are scared of hard work in remote areas

    I thought the left were just scared of real work in general?

    I did two and a half years on a mine site, hated it, it just wasn’t for me but not once did I ever look down on the tradies etc that I managed, they were just tougher than me and I fully admit that. Some of the civil blokes (most of them non-unionised) were the hardest working people I have ever met, bloody inspirational in fact. They deserve all the fruits of their labour and even though I was in my early 20’s and effectively managing them as the project engineer I felt it was my duty to earn THEIR respect.

    A lot of the supervisors were truly aspirational too, many of them had kids my age and a lot of them were actively pushing them to go to uni, not so they could earn more (most of those guys were on more cash than me) but rather so they could have a better quality of life and spend more time with their families etc. You need to make a whole lot of sacrafices to work out in the middle of Shitsville 4 on 2 off…

  92. Rafe

    Yes but you can’t expect a supporter of the Demons to identify with the Poies, even tho Tim Blair supports them (so does Nicholas Gruen). I can remember when the Demons beat the Poies in 1964 to win their last premiership, but.

  93. The luvvies were trying to sympathise with me about this, ‘must be hard watching a bogan earning more than you…’ BS.

    He’s on 200+. He’s earned it. he’s paid off his home and bought 2 investment properties

    Very entrepreneurial and sensible, this bogan. But seriously, I always understood that ‘bogan’ implied a complete lack of such intelligence, responsibility and forward planning (see bold). So he might call himself that, and the horrified latte set might call him that, but I would not call him that.

    Interesting.

    In the end, I suppose it all comes down to “WOE IS ME!!! WHY DOES THAT STUPID TRUCK DRIVER FROM WESTERN SYDNEY EARN 200K RAPING THE EARTH FOR EVIL COAL WHILE I, SCREAMING FORTH THE TRUTH ABOUT THE EVIL HOWARD REGIME AND ITS TERRIBLE RACIST LEGACY FROM THE COMFORT OF MY OFFICE, MUST SUBSIST HAND TO MOUTH ON 70K OF ASSOCIATE PROFESSORIAL SALARY AT HALF-BAKED UNIVERSITY???”

  94. JamesK

    I bet you never sported a mullet either

  95. Infidel Tiger

    Jayden, Jaxon and Jai

    My sister and brother in-law have 3 boys with 2 of those names. The 3rd boy is named something similar but the name escapes me. The bro in-law is a stinking rich sparkie.

    God bless this wide brown land that enriches the doers.

  96. “Australia produces around 17% of the world’s iron ore and is ranked second behind China (39%).” http://www.australianminesatlas.gov.au/aimr/commodity/iron_ore_10.jsp

    Just remember there are an estimated 64 million vacant flats in China.

    So will anyone here feel sorry for these people when the boom collapses as it surely will? Many of them will be unemployable because they will not work for normal wages. This also applies to Australian’s in general thinking the boom will never end.

  97. Infidel Tiger

    Many of them will be unemployable because they will not work for normal wages.

    The dole should be a nice eye opener for them then.

  98. daddy dave

    The school uniform in Auburn was desert boots, western suburbs footy socks and gray king gee shorts.

    sounds a lot like my school, far from Auburn.

  99. daddy dave

    So will anyone here feel sorry for these people when the boom collapses as it surely will?

    Yes, I feel sorry for anyone who loses a job.

    But it’s okay. We have a service economy now and so can stay rich by cutting each other’s hair and cooking sumptuous meals for each other.

  100. Jeremiah

    Many of them will be unemployable because they will not work for normal wages

    Bulldust, those guys are as tough as nails and will find a way to make ends meet. Most of the older ones started out in the industry long before it was lucrative. I heard many of them lecturing the younger guys about investing well and being ‘smart’ about what they do with their cash because the good times will eventually end. Back then they did it just to pay the bills and if things return to the way they were they probably wouldn’t complain too much.

  101. m0nty

    http://imgur.com/S16bj

    photo taken in Perth

    The gold bit about that is that it’s a Great Wall car.

  102. thefrollickingmole

    One of the funny things our resident lefties dont seem to know is the proliferation of (usualy company advisers0 finance people who are invited on minesites to encourage blokes to invest and save.

    My old employer held a week of morning meetings for the rock apes where they got a heap of ways to invest their dough.

    The ones who are broke on 100+ would be just as broke on a million. Doesnt make them bad people just unwise.

    But no our inner city know it alls just “know” the evil companies rip off their over paid workers, and provide them financial advice (in the companies own time)….

  103. The gold bit about that is that it’s a Great Wall car.

    yep

  104. John Comnenus

    Rafe, Parra is good, but I stuck with Wests now Wests Tigers. Anyone who gets ahead is good, especially if it’s from hard work. Are we so worried about rockstars who go through millions and end up broke? Good luck to those riding the resources boom, digging up wealth, royalties, company and income tax. We all benefit.

  105. .

    So will anyone here feel sorry for these people when the boom collapses as it surely will?

    No because it won’t. China’s income has increased so far over the last 30 years. The glut is a drop in the ocean compared to demand from China and India. These projects take years to develop. Commodity prices are going to rise for some time even if there is an Asian downturn.

  106. Peter Patton

    It’s not the CUBs who are the danger, but the psycho-jealous Cashed DOWN Bogans (CBDs), such as the LP/Crikey/Overland types.

  107. Peter Patton

    It’s a toss-up as to who’s the more stupid between

    Adrien and Philip Adams.

    Well perhaps, but it’s dead certain that you’re the stupidest of them all. The mirrors on the walls of the world agree.

    BTW, if you really want me to go to town on you Jimmy. I mean turn a phrase of insult so dark that you’ll still be psychologically crippled by it when you’re 70 then compare me to Philip Adams.

    I’m not exactly an admirer.

    OR try suggesting Adrien just plagiarism Luvvie Banish’s shtick. 🙂

  108. Peter Patton

    A girl in the 1st grade class of a mate of mine’s kid is called ‘Kerosene’, as in Ker-o-sen-ee.

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