chapter  7
Introduction
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But, with the emergence of the global corporation, risk-minimising is no longer a full and adequate explanation of corporate spatial expansion. The global corporation already possesses a world-wide information system of either grid or matrix form. Spatial change thus becomes no more than a rearrangement of existing parts or the incorporation of newly acquired parts into this established framework. Even the operations of mineral and mining corporations can be viewed in these terms, notwithstanding the location-specific nature of non-renewable mineral resources. The surge in mineral exploration in the past two decades, in

part to circumvent the monopsony powers of primary product cartels has, in fact, demonstrated the relative ubiquity of many minerals. For the global mining corporation, production can be shifted from one location to another with 'surplus' operations being placed on 'care and maintenance'. Under these conditions, as Australian miners are coming to realise, jobs may be more ephemeral than the life of the ore body that is being worked.