Controversy around 'cashed-up bogans' question

Last month we asked whether you thought the 'cashed-up bogan' stereotype for FIFO workers was out of date, or whether there was still maybe a bit of truth to it.

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Last month we asked whether you thought the ‘cashed-up bogan’ stereotype for FIFO workers was out of date, or whether there was still maybe a bit of truth to it.

Our question generated plenty of debate (we thought it might) and even a few harsh words.

So just to follow up, we want to be clear: at MPi, we don’t think the mining industry and FIFO workers are ‘cashed-up bogans’. This is our industry too, and we reckon it’s full of hardworking, professional people.

But we are interested in what you think, and in official reports and media stories about government and community attitudes.

For the record, if you missed the original post, it was prompted by a federal government report called Cancer of the bush or salvation for our cities? Fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out workforce practices in Regional Australia.

And from around 350 responses, our poll sits at 25% ‘Yes’ and 75% ‘No’ (as in, no, you don’t think FIFO workers are ‘cashed-up bogans’).

We also had some pretty strong comments for and against, which raised a whole range of other issues like tax law, social responsibility, the difference between Gen X and Gen Y, male role models and leadership, high rent in mining towns, not putting your hard earned money into savings or real estate, long hours, and isolation from family and friends.

So, thanks for your comments – it was a worthwhile debate and there were some good topics raised for further discussion in MPi LIFE.

We’ll get to them through the year, and you can keep having your say.