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Coal conspicuous by its absence

Everyone who’s anyone, or so it seems, has made their way to Kalgoorlie in outback Australia for the annual Diggers & Dealers mining forum, but that can’t be said of every mineral because there is one red-hot performer among a squad of damp squibs who’s not there; coal.

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Whether an oversight or a reflection of the political correctness that seems to have infected every aspect of life, it is ironic in the extreme that the one commodity performing strongly in a period