This site has been created for people willing to help develop the musical Gondaura.
I have been working on it on and off for several years and decided to put it into cyberspace.
Writing songs has been a hobby for decades and this project is probably a bit more ambitious.
Please have a look and listen, and send comments. All suggestions will be considered.
If you would like to record better vocals let me know. I did them all myself and I don't sing for a living.
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Synopsis



Uragonda is a coal mining company located in western Queensland. It is planning to move from Black Coal to Gas and Hot Fractured Rock Geothermal Energy generation. Meanwhile Qld Mines and Energy Minister TREVOR WARREN has brokered a deal with several Asian tigers to secure long term coal contracts while the Federal government is under pressure to convince Uragonda to change due to their environmental commitments at Kyoto and beyond, plus the false hope of clean green coal.

The conflict between contracts and closure comes to a head when a banner, with the Chinese characters for NO CLOSURE, is draped on a dragline at the Uragonda Coal Mine. The press claim that the Federal government secretly backs the Qld Govt even though outwardly they support the change to sustainable energy. Traditional owners Gondaura Land Council collect royalties and are accused of being in league with the deal because payments could stop.

But the GLC has created a deliberate distraction to expose the two governments having used 20 years of royalty payments to invest in Uragonda. The Qld Govt believes that the contracts will be signed and the Federal government is unable to overrule bringing outcries of hypocrisy. GLC is also in the firing line.

In the final act the contracts are set to be signed back at the George Street Tent embassy on the lawn as an act of reconciliation. The twist is that the GLC owns the mine and has always intended changing to gas and thermal. This leaves both governments looking embarrassed and mired in legislation that falls over itself. The moral of the tale is that too much legislation can get you in a spin and divert you from the main game.

Characters

Qld Energy Staff

TREVOR WARREN   Mines and Energy Minister
JOAN GOODRIGHT   Principal Private Secretary
NANCY LYONS   Personal Assistant
SIMONE SOUTH   Admin Secretary
CHRIS HARRIS   Federal Advisor

Gondaura Mine

RAY PETERS   Mine CEO
JIM FERRIS   Mayor
SKIP PILE   Drag Line Operator

Gondaura Land Council

WOMBAT LOGAN   Elder
KATIE MOON   Elder
KAREN TYLER   President
JARVIS TYLER   Member
JUSTINE WIMBUS   Environmental Lawyer

Press

FELICITY JONES   TV Reporter
BOB NYEUNG   Sound and Camera

Chorus

SINGERS and DANCERS, Crowds, Gondaura People





OVERTURE (10:00)


Act 1


Office (30 minutes)



Wednesday

SONG GONDAURA.

Somewhere in the theatre is an area set up as an Indigenous tent embassy. Aboriginal and TSI Flags are flying. WOMBAT LOGAN and KATIE MOON, Elders from the Gondaura clan, walk in from the back of the theatre and settle down quietly watching the action about to unfold on the stage. WOMBAT stands slowly.

GONDAURA (2:37)

ALL:
[: Gon-da-ur-a, Gon-da-ur-a, Gon-da-ur-a :]

WOMBAT (soliloquy)
In 1949 Ferdinand McFarland made his first strike of high-grade black coal near the town of Gondaura. He formed Uragonda Mining Company. The discovery of coal changed the area forever as the traditional owners, the Gondaura people, succumbed to mining magnates and their political mates.

This meant that the Gondaura kept their rights for what lived and grew on top of the land but not what lay below it. It took several changes of government in Queensland and Canberra before Uragonda was obliged to pay royalties to both the Commonwealth government and the traditional owners.

In an historic ceremony at Gondaura in 1989, forty years after the first invasion by McFarland, the Australian Government signed a perpetual joint royalty agreement with the Gondaura Land Council. At the time such an arrangement was the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Since then our mob has enjoyed the same benefits from mining as our white brothers while trying to preserve sensitive areas previously ignored by our white brothers.


SONG ENDS

SONG POLITICIAN.

The curtain opens to reveal a parliamentary office. There is a larger room with two desks, reception, a lounge area with coffee table, a small sink and fridge. A large plasma TV is positioned so the theatre and a section of the stage can view it. A smaller room to one side behind a glass petition is the office of Qld Mines and Energy Minister TREVOR WARREN. To the other side of the stage are a corridor and a lift door that opens. NANCY LYONS is standing at JOAN GOODRIGHT'S desk leaning over a computer. The lift bell rings. NANCY quickly stops what she's doing and hurries to her own desk. JOAN steps out and walks to her desk and deposits her things.

POLITICIAN (3:55)

JOAN and NANCY

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
All day he is a model Politician
AM PM every other weekend
He am, He am a model Politician
Go here go there always going somewhere
He's there coz he's a model Politician
Town by town and state by state
His fate's to be a model Politician

Po-li-ti-cian Po-li-ti-cian


SIMONE SOUTH steps from the lift carrying the mail.
Walks to the reception desk.
JOAN checks her watch.
SIMONE places her personal things.
Starts opening the mail.

NANCY, SIMONE and JOAN

Good times bad times
Even during sad times
All times
He is a model Politician
Rough times smooth times
Even if it's lose times
All times
He is a model Politician
Backhand forehand
Hit them with a glad hand
All hands
He is a model Politician
Front side backside
Beat them down the blindside
Besides
He is a model Politician

Po-li-ti-cian Po-li-ti-cian

Honest and forthright,
His vision has foresight
While working, his butt off,
So everything's just right
He works on the weekend,
He works on vacation
He's working right now for
The good of the nation


TREVOR WARREN steps out of the lift.
Walks into the reception area.
Looking very pleased with himself.
Greetings all round.
JOAN has moved to her desk
Appears to be having problems with her computer.
Look of frustration.
TREVOR

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
All day I am a model Politician
AM PM every other weekend
I am, I am a model Politician
Go here go there always going somewhere
I'm there coz I'm a model Politician
Town by town and state by state
My fate's to be a model Politician


TREVOR, NANCY and SIMONE

Po-li-ti-cian Po-li-ti-cian

TREVOR

Good times bad times even during sad times
All times I am a model Politician
Rough times smooth times even if it's lose times
All times I am a model Politician
Backhand forehand hand hit them with a glad hand
All hands I am a model Politician
Front side backside beat them down the blindside
Aside I am a model Politician


TREVOR, NANCY and SIMONE

Po-li-ti-cian Po-li-ti-cian


TREVOR

I'm honest, I'm forthright,
My visions have foresight
I'm working my butt off,
So everything's just right
I work on the weekends,
I work on vacation
I'm working right now for
The good of the nation


TREVOR, JOAN, NANCY and SIMONE

I'm/He's honest, I'm/He's forthright
My/His visions have foresight
I'm/He's working my/his butt off
So everything's just right
I'm/He's working on weekends
I/He work/s on vacation
He/I work/s for the good of
This wonderful nation... fade


SONG FADES


TREVOR
Morning ladies

JOAN, NANCY, SIMONE
Morning Trevor.

TREVOR
Any calls?

SIMONE
Not yet.

TREVOR
Good.

SONG ENDS.

TREVOR walks towards his office behind the glass petition.
OTHERS return to their business.
A mobile phone rings.
TREVOR looks round.
It's NANCY'S mobile.
TREVOR hesitates.

NANCY
Hello. Oh hello darling just a minute.

TREVOR looks curious.
JOAN and SIMONE exchange knowing glances.
NANCY walks quickly to the corridor outside the office.

SIMONE
Mystery lover Trev.

TREVOR nods, looks slightly bewildered.
Walks into his office
Sits down.

Main lights down.
Spotlights on corridor and plasma TV.
SKIP PILE is on his mobile on the TV.
High in the sky.
We only hear NANCY'S side of the conversation.

NANCY:
I miss you too darling. When will I see you again? (pause)
I don't know if I can wait that long (pause).
We could (laughs, pause).
You cheeky devil (pause).
I could catch a flight up there (pause).
Friday morning? (pause) Hold on.


CHRIS HARRIS steps from the lift into the corridor.
He is carrying a laptop computer case.
NANCY looks a bit startled.
CHRIS walks towards NANCY.

NANCY
Someone's arrived darling, I'd better go (pause).
I love you too. Bye (pause)


CHRIS
Hope I didn't interrupt anything.

NANCY
No, no it's quite all right.
May I help you?


CHRIS
I hope so.
My names Chris Harris from Canberra and I'm here to see Minister Warren.


NANCY
Why yes, of course Mr Harris.
We are expecting you.
My name is Nancy Lyons.
I'm Mr Warren's Personal Assistant.
Please come in.


CHRIS and NANCY walk into the main room.
Lights up.

CHRIS
Thank you.

SIMONE stands up.
Eagerly offers her hand in greeting.
Impressed with CHRIS.

NANCY
Simone this is Chris Harris.
He's here to see Trevor.


SIMONE
Good morning Mr Harris.
I'll let Trevor know you're here.


CHRIS
Thank you.

SIMONE walks the few steps to TREVOR'S door.
More for CHRIS' benefit since TREVOR has quite obviously seen CHRIS arrive.
NANCY seats herself at her desk.
Begins working while staying in touch.

SIMONE
Mr Warren. Chris Harris has arrived for his appointment.

TREVOR comes out of his office.
Feigns surprise as if he has something else on his mind.

TREVOR
Ahh Mr Harris (shakes hands) right on time.

CHRIS
Thank you Mr Warren...

TREVOR
...Trevor, Chris. We're all on first names round here, eh Joan?

JOAN at her desk looking annoyed.
Looks up startled then spots CHRIS.

JOAN
Yes Trevor?

JOAN smiling slightly forced.
Stands and walks quickly to CHRIS.
Shakes hands, slightly lingered, with CHRIS.
JOAN directs CHRIS to lounge chairs.

JOAN
Joan Goodright, PPS. Please sit down.

CHRIS
Hello Joan. Thank you.

CHRIS, TREVOR and JOAN seat themselves around a coffee table.
SIMONE moves into CHRIS eyeline.

SIMONE
Coffee?

CHRIS
Thank you aah...

SIMONE
(Husky measured) Si-mone

SIMONE exchanges nods with TREVOR and JOAN indicating coffees all round.

SIMONE walks to a small sink.
Checking to see if CHRIS is watching.
Starts preparing coffees.
JOAN not impressed.
CHRIS appears not to notice.

JOAN
So Chris how...

SIMONE
...do you like it Chris?

CHRIS
Excuse me?

SIMONE
Your coffee Chris.
How do you have it?


CHRIS
Oohh, white and one thank you.

Brief suspicious glance between JOAN and SIMONE.

TREVOR
Well Chris, how are things in Canberra?

CHRIS
Busy as usual.
Busy here too I expect?


TREVOR
That's putting it mildly.
Good flight?


CHRIS
Yes thank you Mr.. Trevor.

JOAN
You did a great job digging
Foreign Affairs out of that
China Sea business...


CHRIS
...well I don't know about that but...

TREVOR
...come on Chris.
We wouldn't be sitting here wasting
time now would we?
A young bright upwardly mobile
cleanskin who gets the results we want.


CHRIS
Well thank you very much but I'm pretty much...

TREVOR
... a team player?
Yes we all know about that,
and a fine negotiator as well.


CHRIS
Gosh I don't know about that...

JOAN
Oh come on Chris, don't sell yourself short.
Not now.


Slightly forced smiles and giggles from ALL.
SIMONE approaching coffee table with coffees.

CHRIS
Well all right but...

TREVOR
Good. Well enough of the small talk.
How are those coffees Simone?


SIMONE places coffees in front of JOAN and TREVOR.
Places coffee in front CHRIS more suggestively.
JOAN motions to say something but then thinks better of it.
More exchanges between JOAN and SIMONE.
CHRIS and TREVOR appear oblivious.
JOAN nods towards reception.
SIMONE smiles and walks to reception desk.
Sits down.

CHRIS
So how are the negotiations coming along?

TREVOR
Couldn't be better.
What about Canberra?


CHRIS
Under wraps.

TREVOR
Good. Let's hope it stays that way.

CHRIS
And we sign here?

JOAN
Friday morning. Either here.
Or out there.


SONG FIRES
JOAN points to the tent embassy.
CHRIS looks surprised.
Smiles and nods.

CHRIS
Good idea Trevor.
Covering all bases...


TREVOR
Absolutely Chris.
We call it backburning up here...


JOAN
...to avoid bush fires.

JOAN and TREVOR exchange huge smiles.

CHRIS
Never heard it expressed like that before.

JOAN
Happens quite a bit in the sunshine state.

JOAN and TREVOR stand up as song starts.

FIRES (2:51)


JOAN and TREVOR
When things weren't so good
In the South China Seas
And cutting off trade
Brought us on to our knees
Instead of a panic
As many suggested
Where protesting usually
Got you arrested
We went against wishes
Of colleagues and friends
The price that we pay
Is to still make amends
But as we all know
We have been vindicated
And things we pushed forward
Are still replicated


NANCY joins JOAN and TREVOR.
TREVOR, JOAN and NANCY
Fires, Good at putting out fires,
Fires, Good at putting out fires
Fires, Good at putting out fires,
Fires, those Fires, those Fires


Silly jig showing confidence.

JOAN and NANCY
The wharfies who held all
The docks in their grip
Where nothing was moving
If it came by ship
And Reith thought that force
Would bring all to their senses
But people got angry and
Tore down the fences
The public demanded
That we all resign
The papers, the talkback
And 7 and 9
But as we all know
We have been vindicated
And things we pushed forward
Are still replicated


TREVOR, JOAN and NANCY
Fires, Good at putting out fires,
Fires, Good at putting out fires
Fires, Good at putting out fires,
Fires, those Fires, those Fires


CHRIS and SIMONE join the OTHERS.
Counterpoint dialogue over song.

CHRIS
So where's the fire?

JOAN
Patience and all will be revealed

NANCY
Just in case another mob...

CHRIS
Thanks so much you wont be sorry

SIMONE
We could celebrate tonight

JOAN
What a good idea who's paying

NANCY
Sorry I've made other plans

TREVOR
Could be working back I fear

TREVOR and CHRIS return to lounge chairs.
NANCY walks back to her desk and
JOAN walks to her desk.
Picks up a folder.
Returns to lounge chairs.
SIMONE gathers coffee cups.
Walks to kitchenette.
Motions to wash up
SONG ENDS

JOAN
So shall we start?

CHRIS
Start what?

TREVOR
Know anything about the Singapore Conglomerate?

CHRIS
A little. Largest import company in South East Asia.
Handles over two thirds of the coking coal into East Asia
and the sub-continent. But why...


TREVOR
...very good Chris. You've done your homework.

CHRIS
Homework? I don't understand.

JOAN
You will.

JOAN slides the folder across the coffee table to CHRIS.
CHRIS opens folder.
Reads briefly.
Closes folder.
Slides it back to JOAN.
Looks edgy.
JOAN opens folder.
Startled look.

JOAN
Oh. Wrong folder.

JOAN stands quickly.
ALL a bit taken unawares.
Walks to her desk.
Shuffles papers quickly.
Picks up folder.
Returns to OTHERS and sits.

JOAN
Thats more like it.

JOAN slides folder across the coffee table to CHRIS.
CHRIS opens folder.
Reads briefly.
Closes folder and nods.
CHRIS stands up.

TREVOR
Everything okay Chris?

CHRIS
You can't be serious.

TREVOR
Very much so...

CHRIS
...but we can't expect to...

JOAN
...get away with it?

TREVOR
We've managed pretty well so far.

CHRIS
So far yes but...

TREVOR
Caught you by surprise did it?

CHRIS
You could say that and...

JOAN stands up.
Walks to stage centre.
SONG SPIN

JOAN
It flies in the face of what happens on Friday?

CHRIS
That's putting it mildly.

CHRIS stands.
Walks to stage centre.

JOAN
A bit unexpected?

TREVOR
What did you expect Chris?

CHRIS
You know perfectly well what's expected...

TREVOR stands.
Walks to stage centre.

TREVOR
You mean the Gothenburg protocol?

CHRIS
Is there another protocol?

JOAN
Well there's been a change of plan.

TREVOR
A big change of plan.

CHRIS
But things are supposed to be changing for other reasons.

TREVOR
The more things change...


SPIN (3:35)


JOAN
People out on the streets don't really care
Just as long as they get from here to there
More time travelling is the price they pay
Tempers flaring they face a new day


TREVOR
These things don't just happen you know
We must plan each part of the show
All our work won't mean anything
Without the goodies and lots
And lots and lots of


JOAN and TREVOR
Spin, it's spin, keep them happy
that's all, we gotta do
Spin, it's spin, pacification
is all we gotta do
Spin, it's spin, keep them happy
at home is what we do
Spin, it's spin, credit cards
that are always overdue


Animated silent exchanges all round.
Point and counterpoint.
CHRIS feigning suspicion.

TREVOR
People locked in homes don't really care
Long as they're safe from all despair
Lights come on at the close of every day
Feeling happy made it through the day


JOAN
These things don't just happen you know
We must plan each part of the show
All our work won't mean anything
We give them sweeteners and lots
And lots and lots of


TREVOR and JOAN
Spin, it's spin, keep them happy
that's all, we gotta do
Spin, it's spin, pacification,
is all we gotta do
Spin, it's spin, keep them happy
at home is what we do
Spin, it's spin, credit cards
that are always overdue


More animated silent exchanges all round.
Point and counterpoint.
CHRIS looking convinced.
Nods.

CHRIS
People locked into life don't really care
Just as long as they collect welfare
One hand gives takes with the other
Can't survive it without big brother

These things don't just happen I know
We all plan each part of the show
Coz our work won't mean anything
Without the teamwork and lots
and lots and lots of


TREVOR, JOAN and CHRIS
Spin, it's spin, keep them happy
that's all, we gotta do
Spin, it's spin, pacification,
is all we gotta do
Spin, it's spin, keep them happy
at home is what we do
Spin, it's spin, credit cards
that are always overdue


SONG FADES
JOAN and TREVOR return to the lounge chairs.
BOTH sit.
CHRIS is pacing.

CHRIS
I'm thinking on my feet
so bear with me.
Are both governments aware
of the implications of such a move?


TREVOR
Of course, but don't worry,
we'll make like Canberra has no idea.
Besides the two governments, and any political opposition for that matter,
are the least of our worries Chris. Even the Gondaura Land Council,
the traditional owners, wont be too bothered as long as the royalties keep rolling in.


SONG ENDS

CHRIS
No I guess not.

JOAN
Under normal circumstances we'd ride this out
like we always do because
the other mines are doing it as well.
This time it's different...


CHRIS
...because the other mines are...

JOAN
...following the protocol.

CHRIS
What about the other exporters?

JOAN
...wont be impressed either.

CHRIS
I take it they're in the dark as well.

TREVOR
This office, our counterparts in Singapore
and top level mine management
at Uragonda are the only ones "in the know", so to speak.


CHRIS
But how can you possibly do the deal
without your cabinet colleagues
knowing about it?


TREVOR
Our cabinet knows enough to keep them happy.
I'd be more concerned about how you're going
to keep things under control down there?


CHRIS
Royalties Trevor, royalties.
They've got plenty of troubles of their own
what with global warming, petrol prices, food prices etc ect.


JOAN stands
Walks to where CHRIS is standing.

SONG COUPLA DAYS

TREVOR
You're right. They're under the pump
right left and center from
every interest group in the country.


JOAN
Exactly and they need some good news,
even if it, shall we say,
goes against the prevailing agenda.


TREVOR stands.
Walks to where CHRIS and JOAN are standing.

TREVOR
Our majority is shrinking,
your majority is practically shot to ribbons,
so we have to cover the political fallout.


CHRIS
Been there before.

TREVOR
Besides you of all people
should know how these things work.


JOAN
So once the deal is finalised
we prepare for the flack.


TREVOR
After that, all hell can break loose.

CHRIS
Which it probably will.

TREVOR
You can count on that.

JOAN
Most definitely.
And there'll be enough bad publicity
to last a lifetime.


TREVOR
Which we will need to ride through.

JOAN
And so will you guys in Canberra.

TREVOR
Yes let's not forget that.

CHRIS
So we're in for an anxious week.

JOAN
More than likely.
But that's what we're paid for.


CHRIS
All hell breaks loose and we...

JOAN
Ride it out.

TREVOR
Create a diversion

CHRIS
Practice what we preach.

JOAN
For a couple of days.

COUPLA DAYS(1.58)


JOAN
Just for a couple more days
Just till the end of it all
Make sure there'll be no delays
Make sure the process wont stall
We just keep telling the press
Everything's fine do not stress


TREVOR
Just for a couple of days
Just till the end of it all
Make sure there'll be no delays
Make sure the process wont stall
Then we can really relax
Work on a new export tax


JARVIS TYLER dressed in clean overalls carrying a tool case
steps from the lift and waits.

JOAN and TREVOR (echo)
Just for a couple of days
Just till the end of it all
Make sure there'll be no delays
Make sure the process wont stall
Bring everything to a close
By striking a positive pose
Just for a couple of days
Just till the end of it all
Just for a couple of days
Just till the end of it all
Just for a couple of days
Just till the end of it all


SONG FADES
CHRIS and TREVOR resume lounge chairs.
JOAN starts walking towards her desk.
JARVIS walks into the office.
NANCY looks slightly startled.
About to stand until JARVIS gives her a look that keeps her grounded.

SONG ENDS

JARVIS
Gidday, Is this Joan Goodright's office?

SIMONE
Yes it is. How can I help you?

JARVIS
Having problems with a computer?

JOAN
Aahh yes young man. Are you the technician?

JARVIS
IT Support? Yes ma'am.

JOAN
About time you showed up.
You're different to the last one.


JARVIS
Excuse me?

JOAN
I mean you're a different technician.

JARVIS
Probably moved on. You know what IT...

JOAN
Follow me.

JARVIS takes no notice of interruption.
Winks at NANCY.
NANCY smiles nervously back.
JARVIS follows JOAN to her desk.
SIMONE walks to where CHRIS is standing.

JOAN
I'm not sure what's happening
but things keep disappearing
from my email folders and...


JARVIS
That's okay Mrs Goodright.
There's a bit of it about.
Can you log in please?


Some activity on the desk as JOAN logs in.
She starts to do more....

JARVIS
That's okay Mrs Goodright.
I'll take it from here.


JOAN taken aback.
Steps aside.
Looks anxious.

SONG VIRTUAL WORLD

JARVIS
You find something else to do and
I'll let you know when it's fixed.


JOAN
Well I hope you know what you're doing
young man there's a...


JARVIS holds up a friendly hand.

JARVIS
Hey Mrs Goodright. It's okay.
I come from the Virtual World.


JOAN
The Virtual World?

JARVIS
The Virtual World.

NANCY stands and joins JARVIS who has moved to stage front.

VIRTUAL WORLD (3:51)


JARVIS
We used to smoke cigarettes
and other things as well
And maybe tried Ecstacy
that might be heaven or hell
We drank until we threw up
or maybe just pass out
Some form of substance abuse
is always what's it about


NANCY
But all these habits will pass
and disappear forever
And though it's dumbing us down
we all think we're pretty clever
There's always something out there
that will replace the other
A fresh dependency
provided big brother


JARVIS
The virtual world
is a world of its own
With lots of new friends
even though you're alone
The virtual world
is a space to get lost
It's a cheap way to travel
whatever the cost


JARVIS and NANCY
The virtual world
can be scary or cool
It takes you away
from your work or your school
The virtual world
is the one place to go
Where the only thing real
is your alter ego

We're in a virtual world
We're in a virtual world
We're in a virtual world
Welcome to the virtual world


JARVIS and NANCY nod to each other and to the OTHERS.
CHRIS and SIMONE join JARVIS and NANCY.
SIMONE gets a bit too close for JOAN'S liking.
JARVIS returns to JOAN'S computer.
NANCY hovers nearby trying to look relaxed.

CHRIS
Get sprung by people at work
who think we should be working
We learn to be some place else
whenever others are lurking
A suite of harmless windows
adorn the screen tool bar
So you're just one click away
when they ask where you are


SIMONE
Don't go to uni no more,
the doc-to-rate is dead
There's lots more interesting things
we'd rather do instead
Like finding virtual friends
and adding to a blog
With just an hour offline
so we can sleep like a log


CHRIS
The virtual world
can be hard to determine
The people you meet
range from saints to pure vermin
The virtual world
in a manner of speaking
May not be the right place
that you should be seeking


CHRIS and SIMONE
The virtual world
is a place that conspires
To take away all
of your living desires
The virtual world
is a space that will grow
Until all that is left
is the cyberspace show

We're in a virtual world
We're in a virtual world
We're in a virtual world
We're in a virtual world


JARVIS and NANCY move back to stage center to finish song.

SUNG TOGETHER

CHRIS and SIMONE   JARVIS and NANCY
We're in a virtual world   Welcome everybody to the virtual world
We're in a virtual world   Welcome to the virtual world
We're in a virtual world   Welcome everybody to the virtual world
We're in a virtual world   Welcome to the virtual world


SONG FADES
CHRIS' mobile phone rings.
JARVIS returns to JOAN'S computer.
Opens the toolcase.
SIMONE walks reluctantly back to reception.
CHRIS paces as he answers the phone.

SONG ENDS

CHRIS
Hello. Yes it is. What now?
Who is this?


JOAN
Bad news?

CHRIS
No idea. Whoever it was told me
to turn on the news channel.


JOAN
No problem.

JOAN retrieves the remote and switches on the television.
The morning news is on with FELICITY JONES'
face beaming back from the studio.

FELICITY
..these aerials from the Channel 4 helicopter
are coming to you from the town of Gondaura.
Well actually just outside town
at the huge Uragonda coal mine.
It appears that someone has managed
to scale a 3 metre fence, climb to the top
of a 20000 tonne dragline to hang a banner.


Camera pans in revealing a huge red banner with white Chinese symbols.

FELICITY
We know it's Mandarin and we think it
says No Contracts or Closures.
And in case viewers have never heard
of the place, Gondaura's claim to fame
is the biggest coal mine in the southern...


JOAN turns the TV off.
Phone rings at reception.

SIMONE
Hello. Yes he is. Hold the line please.
Mr Warren it's the Premier.


TREVOR
Thank you Simone. I'll take it in there.

TREVOR disappears into his office.
Seen being harangued by the Premier.

CHRIS
Well so much for keeping it low profile.
Better wheel out the spin.


JOAN
Might be too late for that as well.

CHRIS
Never say never ladies.

JOAN
You are about to earn your generous fee
Mr Harris.


CHRIS
We'll all be earning our money this week.

Phone at reception rings again.

SIMONE
Hello. Yes he is. Hold the line please.
Mr Warren it's the Prime Minister.


TREVOR
Thank you Simone. Put her through.

TREVOR being harangued by the Prime Minister.
CHRIS' mobile phone rings.
NANCY'S mobile rings.
JOAN sits on lounge chair looking uncomfortable.
TREVOR, CHRIS, JOAN, SIMONE, NANCY fielding phone calls.
TREVOR walks from office.
Mobile ringing.
JARVIS packs toolkit.
Slips folder into case and closes it.
Moves from behind the desk.
Gives NANCY a huge wink.
NANCY looks nervous.

JARVIS
Good as new Mrs G.

JOAN
What? Oh fine, fine. Thank you young man.

JARVIS
Not a bother. Have a nice day.

JARVIS ignored.
Shrugs shoulders.
Walks to corridor.
Eyes meet briefly with NANCY'S.
Gives NANCY discrete thumbs up.
Disappears into the lift.
Appears where WOMBAT and KATIE are seated.

TREVOR
Simone ring Ray Peters.

SIMONE
Yes Trevor.

SIMONE about to dial.
JOAN'S phone rings.
Waves hand at SIMONE.

SONG DON'T PANIC

JOAN
Hello. Of course (to SIMONE) Never mind that.
(back to phone) I thought it might.
How long? Right. See you in the morning.
It's okay Ray. See you in the morning.


TREVOR
Well?

JOAN
That was Ray.

TREVOR
I figured that.

JOAN
Plane leaving Uragonda this afternoon.

TREVOR
Gives us the rest of the day.

CHRIS
For what?

JOAN
To prepare our spi.. press release.

TREVOR
Before you leave.

CHRIS
Leave for where?

JOAN
Yes Trevor.

TREVOR
I want to read it.

JOAN
Understood.

JOAN
Bring a change of clothes.

CHRIS
Leave for where?

TREVOR
Gondaura.

JOAN
Gondaura. (dread).

CHRIS
Gondaura?

NANCY
Gondaura. (excited)


DON'T PANIC (2.36)


TREVOR
Last thing we needed is duress
Last thing we want is undue stress
Sort it out and get back here straight away
We've only got 'til this Friday
Find out who is causing all the row
We don't need something like this now


JOAN
Last thing we needed is the press
Last thing we wants a fine old mess
We will sort it out within one short day
Get back to town by this Friday
Find out who is causing all the row
We don't need something like this now


CHRIS
Last thing we need is leaving town
Last thing we want is to go down
We must sort it out within one short day
We've only got 'til this Friday
Find out who is causing all the row
We do not need this now


TREVOR, CHRIS, JOAN, NANCY
We do not need this now   Don't Panic
We do not need this now   Don't Panic
We do not need this now   Don't Panic
We do not need this now   Don't Panic

SONG FADES

TREVOR, JOAN and CHRIS settle into the lounge chairs.
NANCY returns to her desk.
Picks up mobile.
Walks to corridor.
Main lights down.
Spotlights on corridor and plasma TV.
SKIP PILE appears listening on mobile phone.
We only hear NANCY'S side of the conversation.

NANCY
Tomorrow (pause).
Yes, what a surprise. (pause)
How is Miss Jones? (pause)
She’d better be. (pause)
Tomorrow morning(pause).
So am I Skip,
So am I.


NANCY returns to desk.

FIRES INSTRUMENTAL (2.49)


Curtain closes.
WOMBAT, KATIE and JARVIS stand up.
Leave the theatre.

SONG ENDS

End of Act 1




Act 2

Mine (60 minutes)



Thursday

SONG GONDAURA

WOMBAT LOGAN, KATIE MOON and KAREN TYLER lead other PEOPLE.
Through theatre to stage steps.
Sit and sing.
GONDAURA (2:39)


ALL:
[: Gon-da-ur-a, Gon-da-ur-a, Gon-da-ur-a :]

JUSTINE WIMBUS is part of the crowd.
Curtain closed.
Single spot.
FELICITY JONES talking into a TV camera.

FELICITY
In an historic ceremony at Gondaura in 1989, forty years after the first purchase by Ferdinand McFarland, the Australian Government signed a perpetual joint royalty agreement with the Gondaura Land Council on behalf of the traditional owners. Today Uragonda appears to have a new deal in the pipeline involving new lucrative contracts with a Singapore company. This is clearly at odds with the Gothenburg protocol that was supposed to spell the end for this coal mine. Hello I'm Felicity Jones coming to you live from the Number 1 dragline at the Uragonda Coal Mine.

SONG FADES

Curtain opens.
Section of a coal dragline.
Huge sign hanging off the transom that feeds the cables to the bucket.
Two large Chinese characters that roughly translate to NO CLOSURE.
SKIP PILE standing on the dragline transom.
RAY PETERS and JIM FERRIS standing on slagheap.
Plasma displays images of TV camera.
CROWD moves on to stage.

SONG ENDS

Lots of clapping, yelling and waving.
Chant of GON-DA-U-RA. GON-DA-U-RA.
Camera pans up dragline.
Focus on SKIP.
Waves.

SONG NO CLOSE

KATIE and WOMBAT climb onto the slagheap.
KATIE holds up her hands.
The noise dies down.
FELICITY and BOB move back.
Camera rolls.

JOAN, NANCY and CHRIS arrive.
SKIP surprised.
Climbs down from the transom.
NANCY and SKIP meet.
Embrace and kiss.
RAY spots JOAN and CHRIS.
JOAN shakes head as RAY motions to approach them.
JARVIS arrives.
Spotted by KAREN.
Climbs off slagheap.
JARVIS and KAREN meet.
Embrace.
SKIP and NANCY, CHRIS and JOAN, KAREN and JARVIS move to stage front at sides.
Follow the song action.

NO CLOSE (2.53)


Sung by CROWD CHORUS as KATIE shouts her lines.

KATIE
The attempted closure of the Gondaura Mine without the knowledge or consent of the Gondaura Land Council breaches an agreement that has been in place for 65 years.

The attempted closure of the Gondaura Mine without the knowledge or consent of the Gondaura Land Council breaches a deal between Gondaura Land Council and the Australian Government.


CROWD CHORUS
Closing this mine will not happen
Closing this mine is immoral
Closing this mine will bring trouble
Closing this mine is illegal

Closing this mine will not happen
Closing this mine wont be sanctioned
Closing this mine will bring trouble
Closing this mine will be challenged

Remember, Remember, Though shalt not steal
Remember, Remember, We have a deal

The attempted closure of the Gondaura Mine without the knowledge or consent of the Gondaura Land Council is a blatant attempt to displace the traditional owners.

The attempted closure of the Gondaura Mine without the knowledge or consent of the Gondaura Land Council for reasons unknown sets a dangerous precedent that will end badly... for them, not us!

Closing this mine will not happen
Closing this mine is immoral
Closing this mine will bring trouble
Closing this mine is illegal

Closing this mine will not happen
Closing this mine wont be sanctioned
Closing this mine will bring trouble
Closing this mine will be challenged

Remember, Remember, Though shalt not steal
Remember, Remember, We have a deal

Closing this mine will not happen
Closing this mine is immoral
Closing this mine will bring trouble
Closing this mine is illegal


Noise rises.
Noise drops.

FELICITY
Cut!

JIM and RAY on slagheap.
JIM raises hands.
Crowd quietens a little.

JIM
All right, all right, thank you everyone, thank you.

Some persistent yelling.
JIM raises hands.
Crowd quietens down.

JIM
Thank you. This isn't going to achieve anything if we don't...(Interjections)
This isn't going to achieve anything if we don't hear the facts first hand.
Now I know that we all feel confused by what's happened,
(Applause)
but I feel we should let management give us their side of the story. (Boos)
so you all know Mine Manager Ray Peters (louder booing)
who has agreed (sarcastic laughing)
to explain the situation as it stands

CROWD
Sellout you mean (agreement)

JIM
...as it stands.

Cacophony of booing and hissing.
RAY waits for the noise to die down.
Noise abates.

RAY
Thanks Jim. My friends... (Boo, hiss, pause).
My friends please allow me to clear up a situation
that has got a bit out of hand
(yelling)
due to a total misunderstanding (echoes of protest)
being spread by misinformed (louder)
people with no stake whatsoever... (louder protests),
Raises voice
with no stake whatsoever in the mine. (crowd erupts).

JIM raises hands.

JIM
Come on come on. Give the man a chance (Yelling and booing).

Noise abates.

RAY
Thanks again Jim.
Good people of Gondaura please understand that this sign means nothing.

Crowd starts to boo.
Rent a Crowd from the big city has got wind of something
they know nothing about.
(More yelling).
Things have never been better for the mine
and Gondaura and might I say they're about
to get a whole lot better.


Crowd starts chanting GON-DA-U-RA GON-DA-U-RA.
RAY steps down off the slagheap.
FELICITY corners RAY.
Animated exchange.
Order restored.

JIM
Okay you heard the man.
Nothing to worry about.


Crowd not impressed.
RAY joins CHRIS and JOAN.
KAREN TYLER climbs on to the slagheap.
Waves to SKIP.
SKIP gives KAREN the thumbs up.
JIM notices.
Reluctantly steps aside for KAREN.
Applause.

KAREN
Well you've seen what mine management and our mayor think about ordinary people.
I vote we stay here indefinitely until a better explanation is given.
(Applause)
This is nothing but a cover up by members of the State and Federal governments
and the managers of this mine.


Lots of whooping and stamping.

Stage lights down.
SKIP and NANCY move to one spot.
KAREN and JARVIS move to second spot.
RAY, CHRIS and JOAN move to third spot.
Spot on RAY and JOAN.

RAY
Everything okay?

JOAN
Of course Ray. Why do you ask?

RAY
I would've thought that was obvious Joan.

JOAN
Now there Raymond. Hold your nerve mate.

RAY
That's easy for you to say. I've got a wife and kids.

JOAN
This is a diversion mate. Nothing to do with us okay?

RAY
I hope you're right.

Spot off.
Spot on SKIP and NANCY.

SKIP
What an unexpected surprise.

NANCY
Very unexpected.

SKIP
I thought we were meeting in Brisbane on Friday.

NANCY
So did I Skip, until this.

SKIP
Probably just a minor diversion.

NANCY points to banner.

NANCY
You call that minor?

SKIP
Do you like it?

NANCY
Miss Felicity Jones seems to.

SKIP
She's a bonus.

NANCY
I'll bet.

SKIP
All in the past my love.

NANCY
I hope so.

They embrace.
Spot off.
Spot on KAREN and JARVIS.

KAREN
Hitched a lift?

JARVIS
Co-pilot.

KAREN
Cheeky. Wombat and Katie?

JARVIS
Economy for now.

KAREN
For now. Did you get it?

JARVIS
Oooo yeah.

JARVIS shows KAREN a pin drive.

KAREN
You are a clever little brother.

JARVIS
No argument there.

KAREN
Give it to Justine.

JARVIS
Then what?

KAREN
Watch and learn.

JARVIS
Learn what?

KAREN
Very funny bro. Very funny.

Spot off.
They High 5.
KAREN gives SKIP the thumbs up.
Returns to where KATIE is standing.
JARVIS walks into theatre.
Hands the pin drive to JUSTINE.
Sits.

Stage lights up.
KATIE joins WOMBAT.

KAREN
Well, well, well. Who have we here?
Trade Minister Trevor Warren's PPS has kindly
graced us with her presence.
Take a bow Ms Goodright.
Where's the man himself?


JOAN forces a smile.
Climbs on to slagheap.

KAREN
Would you like to explain why there has been
so much secrecy surrounding the closure?


KAREN hands over to JOAN
Boos and thumbs down.
JOAN waits patiently.
Noise finally drops.

JOAN
Thank you. For those of you who don't know me
my name is Joan Goodright, PP..
Trevor Warren's Principal Private Secretary.


More boos, oohs and smart remarks from the crowd.

JOAN
Minister Warren (boos)
has asked me to come to Gondaura
as his representative to reassure you...

Booing increases
to reassure you that the mine is not going to close.

Increased shouting and booing.
JOAN pauses then continues.

SONG DON'T HAVE A CLUE

JOAN
The Trade Minister, the Premier (boos)
and indeed the Prime Minister (boos increase)
have all asked me to assure you whoever placed that sign
will be found and brought to justice.
Thank you.


More of the same shouting.
JOAN hands back to KAREN.
Attempts to step down.
Crowd refuses to make way.
KAREN raises hands.

KAREN
It looks like the people are not satisfied
with your explanation Ms Goodright.
Perhaps you'd like to speculate on the motive?


KAREN offers the stage back to JOAN.

DON'T HAVE A CLUE (2.22)


JOAN
People out in the sticks don’t really care
Just as long as they get from here to there
While the others with too much time to spare
Like hanging banners they really don’t care
These things don’t just happen you know
Someone wants to put on a show
As for me I haven’t a clue
It wasn’t me girl, but then again
It could be you, or you
We could speculate, I haven’t a clue, have you
Wasting all day when there’s things to do
To do, to do,
Speculate all you want we’ve got things to do, to do
All I’m saying is I don’t have a clue


KAREN
People out in the sticks as you quaintly say
Aren’t in the mood for the rubbish that you spray
Something that should not be overlooked
We close the mine down, you’re goose is so cooked
These things don’t just happen you know
Someone wants to put on a show
As for me I haven’t a clue
It wasn’t me Joan, but then again
It could be you, or you
We could speculate, I haven’t a clue, have you
Wasting all day when there’s things to do
To do, to do,
Speculate all you want we’ve got things to do, to do
All I’m saying is I don’t have a clue


KAREN and JOAN
Do you,
Speculate all you want, I haven’t a clue, have you
Wasting all day when there’s things to do
To do, to do
Speculate all you want, I haven’t a clue, have you
Wasting all day when there’s things to do


SONG FADES

KAREN
Thanks Ms Goodright although I don't think that...

JOAN
Good idea don't think...

KAREN
Excuse me Ms Goodright but...

SKIP gets KAREN'S attention.
Gives a thumbs down.
KAREN nods to SKIP.

KAREN
Thank you Ms Goodright.

JOAN steps down.
Crowd moves back a little.
JOAN takes CHRIS' arm.
CHRIS and JOAN move forward out of earshot with RAY.
Lights down.
Spot.

CHRIS
For heavens sake Joan.
What was that all about?


JOAN
Take it easy Chris.
I had to say something to appease that mob.


CHRIS
But Joan, getting their back up isn't going to solve much.

JOAN
Relax Chris. I know how to handle this lot.

RAY
By accusing them of hanging a banner?

JOAN
By giving them something to think about
other than the mine closing down.


Lights down.
SKIP and NANCY.
Spot.

SONG TOGETHER

SKIP
She's got a way with words.

NANCY
Joan isn't one to waste them.

SKIP
Nice little diversion actually.

NANCY
Speaking of diversions, what about us Skip?

SKIP
How do you mean?

NANCY
We're in this up to our necks darling.
What happens when Trevor gets wind of it?


SKIP
Trevor's got enough troubles of his own believe me.
But he'll come out the other side.
Can't say the same for Joan though. Or Ray.


NANCY
You're right my sweet. No sympathy there.

Lights down.

TOGETHER (2:42)


NANCY
Skip I am worried we made a mistake
For soon we will see what is really at stake
Because finally that day is here
We wont hear what we've waited to hear

When we decided the best thing to do
To take on these people was what we should do
There were so many risks in the plan
It may finish off what we began


SKIP
We must stick together,
Pretty soon we will know whether
There will be a future that is good for all
We will stick together,
Cause quite soon we will know whether
There will be, finally,
You and me, home and free

Have faith my darling it will be okay
We've waited too long for this wonderful day
And now finally that day is here
We will hear what we've waited to hear

When we decided the best thing to do
To take on these people was all we could do
And although there were risks in the plan
We will finish what we began


NANCY
We must stick together,
And quite soon we will know whether
There will be a future that is good for all
We will stick together,
Pretty soon we will know whether
We will be, home and free,
Finally, you and me


SKIP and NANCY
Have faith my darling it will be okay
We've waited too long for this wonderful day
Have faith my darling it will be okay
We've waited too long for this wonderful day
Have faith my darling it will be okay
We've waited too long for this wonderful day


SONG FADES
SKIP and NANCY embrace. Kiss.
Lights up.
SKIP and NANCY walk to where JOAN, RAY and CHRIS are standing.

JOAN
Hello lover boy.

SKIP
Gidday Joan. How's tricks?

SONG ENDS

JOAN
Couldn't be better.
You haven't met Chris Harris?


SKIP
No, but I've heard of him.

JOAN
Chris Harris. Skip Pile.

SKIP and CHRIS shake hands cautiously.

CHRIS
Favourably I hope.

SKIP
Depends on why you're here.

CHRIS
As an observer Skip.

SKIP
I'll bet.

CHRIS appears to ignore the remark.
Changes subject.

CHRIS
Interesting name.

RAY
Skip Pile, dragline operator, hence the name.

CHRIS
Right.

CHRIS looks a bit bewildered.

JOAN
That'll do Ray.
You don't mind?


SKIP
Go ahead.

JOAN
Skip is Gondaura.
He had a tough upbringing
but has made the most of it.


RAY
Real tough.

JOAN throws RAY a glare.

JOAN
Lots of Gondaura on this site
given it's their patch so to speak.


RAY
Cash cow more like it.

JOAN
Again Ray. That'll do.

RAY mumbles something under his breath.
SKIP gives RAY the "you'll keep" smile.
RAY returns the smile with similar venom.

RAY
Okay now that we've all met can we get this settled
once and for all and head back to Brisbane.


JOAN
Good idea. Just one more thing.

RAY
What's that?

JOAN
We need to dispose of that nosey little vixen.

JOAN nods in the direction of FELICITY.

CHRIS
Dispose?

SKIP
Good idea Joan.

CHRIS
Do you think that's...

RAY
I'm with him

JOAN
Relax you two.

SKIP
I'll set it up.

NANCY
I'll help you.

SKIP walks to where FELICITY is standing.
NANCY quickly follows.

CHRIS
I don't think talking to the press is such a good idea Joan.

RAY
I'm with him.

JOAN
Relax you two.

SKIP gives FELICITY a short embrace.
FELICITY holds on a bit longer.
NANCY not amused.
Links her arm through SKIP'S.

CHRIS
We need to get clearance from Trevor or...

RAY
I'm with him.

JOAN
Will you two please put a sock in it.

Quick exchange between SKIP and FELICITY.
FELICITY gives JOAN the thumbs up.
Motions to BOB to set up camera.
Smile to SKIP.
NANCY still not amused.

CHRIS
I hope you know what your...

RAY
I'm with him.

JOAN
Showtime. Places everyone.

SKIP climbs the dragline.
FELICITY looks impressed.
NANCY looks relieved and anxious.
BOB prepares to count down in front of the camera.
Camera directed at FELICITY.
Dragline as backdrop.
As the camera lights up the image appears on the plasma TV.

BOB
Three, two, one

FELICITY
This is Felicity Jones coming to you live from Gondaura.
I'm standing in front of the Number 1 dragline at Gondaura Face 2 coalmine
where yesterday security was breached by person or persons unknown
who risked life and limb to hang a rather interesting banner
from the dragline's transom.
Normally the only people brave enough or authorized to go up there
are dragline operators replacing faulty cables.


Camera pans up dragline
Focuses on SKIP.
SKIP waves to the camera.

FELICITY
Ladies the fine specimen perched way up there is Skip Pile,
the operator of this monster who arrived at work yesterday morning
to find that unwanted decoration. He assures me nothing has been damaged.
We were also able to confirm the Chinese characters translate to
No Closure and in a few minutes we will know what this is all about.
Joan Goodright, Principal Private Secretary to Trade Minister Trevor Warren,
has arrived from Canberra for what we believe is an unscheduled visit,
so things must be fairly serious.


Camera pans to JOAN, RAY and CHRIS.
FELICITY and BOB move closer.
As the interview unfolds the camera follows each talking head.

FELICITY
Ms Goodright why...

JOAN
Good afternoon Felicity. I'd just like...

FELICITY
Ms Goodright isn't Gondaura supposed to be closing down?

JOAN
Felicity. I'd just like...

FELICITY
Isn't this one of the mines that doesn't meet the new standards?

JOAN
Felicity. I'd just like to point out that
the closure is not happening and...


FELICITY
But surely Ms Goodright. The deadline for closure has passed and...

RAY
If I could just interrupt for a minute.
You're absolutely right Felicity.
But let's not forget that Gondaura is one of the most
profitable mines in the country.


CHRIS is about to interrupt.
JOAN grabs his arm.

FELICITY
Oh really Mr...

RAY taken aback given that FELICITY knows him.

RAY
Peters. Ray Peters. Mine manager.

FELICITY
Okay Mr Peters there's a lot of rumours circulating
that even though the mine is profitable, it is under increasing
international pressure because it has failed to live up
to its promise of supporting and managing clean coal extraction.


RAY
The mine does support clean coal extraction and is working with...

FELICITY
But Mr Peters, according to the Gothenburg protocol,
to which Australia is a signatory, if new standards for clean coal
weren't met by the beginning of this year,
no new contracts are to be signed...


RAY
The mine isn't...

FELICITY
...and that...

points to sign
suggests that's exactly what will be happening.

JOAN
Look Felicity, the mine isn't closing because
it does support the protocol.


CHRIS motions to step in.
RAY stops him.

FELICITY
Oh really Ms Goodright?
So where's the clean coal?


RAY
The mine supports the protocol.
Fulfilling the standards is a political problem,
not ours...


FELICITY
Oh really Mr Peters?
So there's no clean coal?


RAY
Ask the Federal government Miss Jones.
Soon as they sort it out we'll be
implementing the standards.


RAY throws to CHRIS.
CHRIS surprised.
JOAN and RAY retreat.

CHRIS
For heavens sake

FELICITY
CUT! For heavens sake

Camera stops.
Plasma screen freezes on the banner.

CHRIS
Chris Harris. PPS to...

FELICITY
Why of course Chris Harris. What luck.

CHRIS
Never mind that Ms Jones.
This interview is over.


FELICITY
On the contrary Mr Harris.
I think it's just beginning.


CHRIS
Whatever you say Ms Jones.

FELICITY
Please call me Felicity.

CHRIS
Whatever you say Ms Jones.
What Mr Peters said is not quite true.


FELICITY
So what is true Chris?

CHRIS
Right now we are not at liberty to say too much...

FELICITY
and why is...

CHRIS
...until we consult with the shareholders
on contracts or closures or whatever.


FELICITY
I can't see how that will make much difference Chris.

CHRIS
It could make all the difference.

FELICITY
is that right, so...

CHRIS
so right now enough has been said and I for one
do not feel comfortable speculating on what
might or might not be happening.


SONG CIC

FELICITY
Come now Mr Harris.
Either this mine is about to sign new contracts with
heaven knows who or its days are numbered.
It's not that difficult to decide one way or the other is it?


CHRIS
At the moment yes it is.

FELICITY
Oh really and why is that?

CHRIS
CiC.

FELICITY
CiC?

JOAN and RAY move closer.

CHRIS
That's right.

FELICITY
Commercial in Confidence?

JOAN
You said it.

FELICITY
You can't be serious.

JOAN
Oh yes we can.

FELICITY looks decidedly upset.
JOAN and RAY pat CHRIS on the back.
CHRIS not happy.
During song SKIP comes down from the dragline.

CIC (2:08)


FELICITY
When a story's getting through
This is what they always do
Stamp it CiC instead
That'll make it good as dead


JOAN and CHRIS
And you know we say its
U --- C --- I --- C


JOAN
When the press is on the prowl
Never ever toss in the towel
If it's CiC they know
They've been dealt a body blow


CHRIS
Confidentiality
Is the only way you see
Opposition is no more
CiC will close the door


FELICITY, JOAN and CHRIS
And you know we say its
U --- C --- I --- C


CHRIS
If the Senate calls you in
Coz the evidence is thin
As they're turning up the heat
Give a look that spells defeat


JOAN
Take a moment to collect
Thoughts that you don't recollect
Then as if it's plain to see
Tell them it's stamped CiC


JUSTINE and JARVIS join SKIP and NANCY on stage.
JARVIS has a laptop, which he fires up.
The plasma lights up with the Mine logo.

ALL in turns
Commercial in Confidence, You CiC You see
Commercial in Confidence, You CiC You see
Commercial in Confidence, You CiC You see
Commercial in Confidence, You CiC You see


SONG ENDS

FELICITY
This isn't over you know.
Not by a long shot.


JUSTINE, JARVIS, SKIP, NANCY move to where FELICITY is standing.

CHRIS
It is for now Ms Jones.

JUSTINE
I wouldn't be too sure of that.

JOAN
Who the hell are you?

JUSTINE
Justine Wimbus. Environmental and Heritage Lawyer.

RAY
Oh here we go

JUSTINE
and legal advisor to the Gondaura Land Council.

RAY
I didn't know they even had legal council.

JUSTINE
There's lots of things you don't know Mr Peters.

RAY
What's that supposed to mean?

FELICITY
Look Ms Wimbus, if you've got something
worth sharing, let's hear it.


JUSTINE
I've got a better idea.
Let's watch it.


An email with a colorful GOODHARPET company logo appears.
CHRIS, JOAN and RAY look completely startled.
RAY is about to intervene.
CHRIS is about to follow suit.
Realizes SKIP is standing next to JARVIS.
Both hesitate.

RAY
Now hold on a minute Ms whoever you are.
This is a...


JOAN
Where the hell did you get that from?

FELICITY
Okay Ms Wimbus. What have we here?

CHRIS
An invasion of privacy.

FELICITY
Nice company logo. Who is Goodharpet?

JOAN
Turn that thing off you
recognizes JARVIS
hey wait a minute. Aren't you that technician
who fixed my computer yesterday?


JARVIS gives JOAN a friendly nod.

JOAN
Why you little...

JUSTINE
This is one of a number of letters and emails
exchanged between her
(points to JOAN)
and him (points to RAY)
and him (points to CHRIS).

FELICITY
Charming I'm sure but what has that got to do with ...

RAY motions to take the laptop from JARVIS.
SKIP offers to stop him.
RAY hesitates.
NANCY moves closer to JOAN.

JUSTINE
If you'll please let me continue.
Skip watch him
(points at RAY).
Nancy. (points to JOAN who looks totally bewildered).

JOAN
Nancy are you part of this?

NANCY
Why of course Joan.
I'm Gondaura.


FELICITY
Can we please get to the point.

JARVIS blows up the text of the email.
CHRIS pulls out his mobile.
Starts dialing.

SKIP
Good luck out here mate.

CHRIS keeps trying then gives up.

FELICITY
Okay it all looks perfectly innocent.
Are these three having an affair or something?


RAY
For crying out loud.

JOAN
Careful with that mouth Ms Jones.

JUSTINE
It might look like some sort of romantic triangle
but it's much more interesting than that.
"Flowers delivered to your door" translates to
"shares delivered to your portfolio".


FELICITY
What about "Mummy finding out".

JUSTINE
Nothing to do with wives springing them
but rather the Federal Government getting wind of it.


JOAN
Careful with that mouth Ms Wimbus.

FELICITY
And let me guess. "Christmas coming early".

JUSTINE
Probably means exactly that.
Perhaps you should ask them.


FELICITY moves towards to JOAN.

FELICITY
Joan? Christmas coming early this year?

JOAN
No comment.

SKIP
Or Ray? Goodharpet and not Pethargood?

FELICITY moves towards RAY.
RAY and SKIP sneer at each other.

FELICITY
Mr Peters?

RAY
No comment.

FELICITY turns to CHRIS.

FELICITY
Perhaps Chris Harris might like
to give us Canberra's perspective.


CHRIS
No comment Ms Jones.

FELICITY
So you have no idea what this is all about?

CHRIS
As I said Ms Jones. No Comment.

JUSTINE
Not at this stage, which is probably a good thing.

FELICITY
I'm still not sure what's going on
and why it's a problem?


SKIP
In some circles they call it insider trading.

JUSTINE
Careful Skip.

FELICITY
Oh really? Bob get that camera rolling again!

JUSTINE
I don't think so Ms Jones.
This is a scoop that will have to wait.


FELICITY
You think so Ms Wimbus? Bob, the camera!

SKIP nods to JARVIS.
JARVIS moves towards BOB.
BOB hesitates.

FELICITY
Now just a minute Mr Skip Pile.
The press has every right to...


SKIP
...conduct trial by media?

FELICITY
Inform the...

SKIP
...people? Let's not drag out that old chestnut.

FELICITY
...get to the truth...

JUSTINE
...or be held in contempt for prejudicing a trial?
Steps aside
Be my guest.

SONG COVER UP
BOB immediately puts the camera down.
FELICITY seems determined to proceed.
JOAN, CHRIS and RAY retreat to the side
of stage front arguing all the way.

FELICITY
Bob get that camera rolling now!

JUSTINE
Sorry Felicity, but not right now.

FELICITY
This has cover up written all over it.

SKIP
No cover up.

COVER UP (1.50)


SKIP
You just have to be patient
You should hang back at least
There's no chance you'll be turning
This to media feast
Maybe insider trading
Maybe three people's greed
Some time there'll be a statement
So stay your hand you understand
No cover up No cover up


FELICITY
I'm not happy about it
I'm not going away
I'm not stopping this camera
Just to do what you say
More than insider trading
More than three people's greed
I can smell out a story
I wont concede I'm on a lead
Don't cover up
Don't cover up, cover up cover up
Don't cover up, cover up cover up


SKIP, FELICITY, CHORUS
Covering Up
There's a cover up and I wont shut up
There's a cover up and I wont shut up
There's a cover up and I wont shut up


SONG SCAPEGOAT
Lights down.
Spot on JOAN, CHRIS and RAY.

RAY
Why the heck couldn't you have been a bit more careful?

JOAN
With what?

CHRIS
Those emails of course.

JOAN
Nice one boys. That annoying little twerp
could have tapped into your machine,
or yours, except for one small problem.


RAY
And what would that be?

JOAN
Well for starters we're 800kms from Brisbane.

RAY
Whatever. Anyway Joanie, looks like
it's every man for himself now.


CHRIS
Meaning?

RAY
If I go down, you both go down with me.

JOAN
Back at you Raymond, back at you.

SCAPEGOAT (2.45)


RAY
You say I tell lies, but let me tell you,
I've got alibis, to cover up a
Trail of downright lies and innuendo,
Even if there might be some truth to rumours
Good luck tracking down, a source that can't be,
Bought or have their credibility shot to ribbons,
One thing is quite clear and let me make it
If I go down many more will follow
You included and your mates in sleepy hollow
Just remember I've got friends in high places too
Just like you


JOAN
Much as I would love, to help you let me,
Spell it out for you, so there will be no
Trouble down the track that sends us to the wall,
Someone has got to take the fall so
Good luck taking on, the party on your own,
You're brave or stupid or a bit of both,
One thing is quite clear and let me make it
You will go down and no one will follow
It's a bitter pill to take and as you swallow
Just remember I've got friends in higher places too
Unlike you


RAY, CHRIS & JOAN (Counterpoint)
I make no apology that many more will follow me
Think before your big decision
It will cause lots of derision
I'm supposed to take the fall
Because you say I dropped the ball
Think before this big mistake
Of what there really is at stake
You now how to ease the tension
Take an early nice fat pension
Think before your big decision
It will cause lots of derision


SONG FADES and STOPS
Spot down.
Lights up.
CHRIS, RAY and JOAN walk back to main stage.

FELICITY
Okay Mr Skip smarty pants Pile (Skip smiles).
What if I agree to hold fire?

SKIP
Clever thinking Felicity,
and don't worry
you'll still get your scoop.


FELICITY
Is that right? And when and where pray tell will that be?

SKIP
I'd high tail it to George Street if I were you.
Plenty of action there around 10
tomorrow morning. Have a pleasant flight.


FELICITY
Nice try pal but we'll stay put for
the moment, just in case.


SKIP
Have it your way but there's nothing more here for now.

FELICITY
Oohh I don't know about that.
There's that sign for starters.
And we've been so distracted by these latest revelations,
we still haven't heard from him
(points to JARVIS)
or him (points to WOMBAT).

KAREN
Jarvis is not involved in any of this.

FELICITY
Nice try big sister.

SKIP(aside to JARVIS)
Always been good with the labels.

JARVIS(aside to SKIP)
Looks nice when she's angry too.

NANCY
Are you two quite finished?

JUSTINE
What could Wombat possibly have to do...

FELICITY
Oh please Ms Heritage and Environment expert.

SKIP(aside to JARVIS)
I see what you mean.

NANCY
All right!

FELICITY
Royalties. R-O-Y-A-L-TEES.

JUSTINE
What about them?

FELICITY
Good grief. More coal, more royalties for Mr Harris'
Canberra crowd and Mr Wombat's Gondaura mob.
No contracts, no mine, no royalties.


SKIP
Maybe the royalties aren't restricted to coal.

FELICITY
Explain.

JUSTINE
Skip, I don't think this is such a good idea.

SKIP
It's okay Justine.

RAY
Yeah let him tell us all about it.

NANCY
I hope you know what you're doing.

RAY
I'm sure he does.

SKIP gives JARVIS the nod.
Map of Australia appears on the plasma.
There are several colours ranging from light blue to burnt orange.
Most of the burnt orange is in western Queensland.
Gondaura shown right in the middle.

FELICITY
Nice map Skip.

SKIP
Heat flow zones at around 4000 meters.

FELICITY
Really. How fascinating.

SKIP
Also known as Hot Rock Geothermal Energy.

FELICITY
Sounds terrific Skip.

SKIP
Unlimited pollution free energy.

FELICITY
Still sounding terrific Skip.

JUSTINE
And the exploration continues.

FELICITY
Meaning?

SKIP
Frome and Crower have been underway for a while.
Gonda is relatively new.


FELICITY
Frome, Crower and Gonda?
Sounds like a law firm.


JUSTINE
Not quite. Exploration sites looking at
large scale production to run power stations.


SKIP
Gonda is by far the biggest and we're standing above it.

RAY
More like standing in it.

SONG UNDERNEATH

FELICITY
You don't sound convinced Mr Peters.

JUSTINE
Not surprising given what GPH stood to make...

JOAN
And still might make...

SKIP
...would, but probably wont make...

JUSTINE
...out of the new coal contracts.

RAY
Beside the point.

SKIP
Not exactly.

UNDERNEATH (2:50)


RAY
Getting paid a 100 grand
To drive from here to over there
Dig it up and train it out
And sail it off to who knows where
Fly them in and fly them out
And live a life of luxury
Every day in every way
We're running the economy


SKIP
If we want to save our nation
Do more than affirmation
If we want to heed the warning
To stop this global warming
Burning coal is no solution
To clean up the air pollution
There's a better answer underneath


JOAN
Shareholders will not be happy
Giving up a dividend
People who invested here
Are not about to see it end
Do you think there going
To give up a life of luxury
Every day in every way
They're loving this economy


NANCY
If we want to save our bacon
Some things must be forsaken
You'd be wise to heed the warning
To stop this global warming
That's why this long term solution
Will be passed by resolution
'Cause they know what's lying underneath


CHORUS
Underneath
'Cause they know what's lying underneath
Underneath
'Cause they know what's lying underneath
Clean coal aint normal
Go Geothermal
Underneath
'Cause they know what's lying underneath
Underneath
'Cause they know what's lying underneath
Underneath
'Cause they know what's lying underneath
Clean coal aint normal
Go Geothermal
Clean coal aint normal
Go Geothermal


Exchanges and head shaking.
Looks of concern.
CHRIS, RAY and JOAN are particularly agitated.
JUSTINE tries to subdue.
SKIP is getting testy.
NANCY looking a bit worried
FELICITY bewildered but excited.

SKIP
If we want to save our nation
Must do more than affirmation
If we want to heed the warning
Got to stop this global warming
That's why this long term solution
Will be passed by resolution
'Cause they know what's lying underneath


SONG FADES over dialogue.

FELICITY
All very noble Mr Skip Pile but your
mine manager still isn't impressed.


RAY
Oh I'm impressed but there is one small
factor that's been overlooked.


SKIP
Is that right Ray?

RAY
Cause who knows what's lying underneath Skip?

JUSTINE
No Skip.

SKIP
That's okay. You tell me Ray.

RAY
What Joan already said mate.

SKIP
You're losing me Ray.

JOAN
Oh please Skip.

RAY
Shareholders, mate. It's down to
shareholders and you know it.


SKIP
Yes I do.

RAY
And if they decide it's business as usual?

SKIP
Then it's business as usual.

FELICITY
Meaning the Feds step in and close it down?

SKIP
Maybe.

FELICITY
You sound pretty relaxed about that Skip.

SKIP
Relaxed?

FELICITY
Like it's a foregone conclusion?

JUSTINE
Skip!

SKIP
I don't think for a minute it's a foregone conclusion.

RAY
Amen to that pal.

SKIP
But you never know.

JOAN
We will soon.

FELICITY
How soon?

JOAN
Tomorrow soon enough for you?

FELICITY
George Street?

JOAN
George Street.

CHRIS
George Street?

NANCY
George Street.

FELICITY
10.00am?

SKIP
Sharp.

Stage goes dark as ALL leave stage through theatre.
JUSTINE catches up with JOAN.
Single spot.
Hand folder to JOAN.

JUSTINE
By the way. I think this belongs to you.

JOAN
Thanks, but why?

JUSTINE
You might just squeeze out of this dilemma,
but put that through the shredder.


JOAN
Thanks, I think.

CHRIS' mobile rings.
Returns to stage front.
Spot on CHRIS.
Prime Minister appears on plasma.

CHRIS
Chris Harris.

PM
It's the PM Chris.

CHRIS
Hi Ma'am, what's new?

PM
Never mind what's new down here.
What's new up there?


CHRIS
Not much. All sorted.

PM
I have an email in front of me
that suggests other wise. Not good Chris.


CHRIS
That was unexpected, but
I wouldn't worry about tha...


PM
I'm not, but you should be

CHRIS
Really? Why is that?

PM
That mine is supposed to be closing.
But now I hear it isn't.


CHRIS
It's okay Ma'am.
The mine will be closing.


PM
It's your neck if it doesn't.

CHRIS
It's both our necks ma'am.

PM
Speak for yourself smart mouth.

Plasma fades.
CHRIS' mobile rings.
TREVOR appears on plasma.

CHRIS
Chris Harris.

TREVOR
It's Trevor.

CHRIS
Hi Trevor, what's new?

TREVOR
Never mind what's new down here.
What's new up there?


CHRIS
Not much. All sorted.

TREVOR
I have an SMS that suggests other wise.
Not good Chris.


CHRIS
That was unexpected, but
I wouldn't worry about that...


TREVOR
I'm not, but you should be...

CHRIS
Really? Why is that?

SONG LEGISLATE

TREVOR
That mine is not supposed to be closing.
But now I hear it is.


CHRIS
It's okay Trev.
The mine will not be closing.


PM
It's your neck if it does.

CHRIS
It's both our necks Trev.

TREVOR
Speak for yourself smart mouth.

CHRIS walks through theatre
Lights down.
JUSTINE in spot reading.
Words scroll on plasma.

LEGISLATE (3.25)


JUSTINE
The Aboriginal Advisory Council Working Party of the Queensland Government has recommended "a provision enabling the trustees to authorise the gathering, digging, and removal of forest products and quarry materials for the purpose of improving the area held in trust with no restrictions on Aborigines -who live in the Deed of Grant in Trust Area."

CHORUS
It comes as no surprise
When there's no compromise
Coz stakes are way too high
You hear the pollies cry
Reforms are needed now
And they know why and how
To bring things up to date
They simply legislate


JUSTINE
Trustees have no right to minerals in land subject to a deed of grant in trust. No mining tenement or authority to prospect may be granted to any person without the approval of the Governor in Council. The mining warden's court has no function to play in these determinations. There is no provision for trustees negotiating agreements for mining nor for receipt of royalty equivalents.

CHORUS
The paper mountain pile
Is climbing mile by mile
The faceless bureaucrats
Produce important stats
Reforms are needed now
And they know why and how
To bring things up to date
They simply legislate


JUSTINE
The Federal Government says that the right to minerals is specifically excluded from deeds of grant. Mining interests can no longer be granted in relation to Aboriginal land unless both the Minister and land council agree or in the absence of consent when the Governor-General has declared that the national interest requires the issue of such a grant.

CHORUS
The concubine of coal
Has sold her very soul
To keep the coffers full
Cover our eyes with wool
While services we had
Continue to go bad
Our taxes disappear
Yet go up year by year


JUSTINE
The Governor-General's proclamation is subject to parliamentary disallowance. A land council may negotiate payments for the granting of permission for the creation of mining interests. Aborigines are entitled to payments equal to the value of royalties acquired by the crown for mining on Aboriginal land.

CHORUS
The tiers of government
Think they are heaven sent
To do what suits their cause
By bringing in new laws
To keep the masses down
While the big end of town
Are treated specially
At breakfast lunch and tea
We've got so many laws
To cover every cause
Instead of some grand scheme
Confusion reigns supreme
To try and get things right
Will take a special fight
We'll get our recompense
Helped by incompetence


JUSTINE
The Queensland and Federal governments appear to contradict each other in the area of mining royalties for indigenous landowners. The Queensland and Federal governments contradict each other in lots of other areas as well. See you for the final act where it will all be sorted out... we hope.

SONG ENDS

End of Act 2




Act 3

Embassy (30 minutes)



Friday

SONG DREAMING (3.41)


Curtain opens to shadow lit stage.
Tent Embassy.
Backdrop is entrance to Parliament House.
One spot at stage front.
WOMBAT, KATIE, KAREN and JARVIS sitting in tent embassy.
Dressed in traditional clothes.
WOMBAT stands.
Moves under the spot.
As he speaks the dancers appear.
Act out the story of Uradya and Mandya.

VERSE 1

WOMBAT
Back in the days of the giant marsupials a giant buck roo called Uradya and giant buck wombat called Mandya roamed the plains called Gondamatha searching for tucker. Uradya and Mandya were able to share a huge deep sleeping hole protected from the weather because Uradya found his tucker by day and Mandya found his tucker by night. Although the hole stretched to the centre of the earth Uradya and Mandya never strayed too deep for fear of never coming out. One day while Mandya slept, lightning struck a huge dead tree setting it on fire and bringing it down near the sleeping hole.

CHORUS
Guruwari down below, Guruwari down below,
Guruwari down below, Guruwari down below


VERSE 2

WOMBAT
Uradya knew that Mandya was sleeping and would not be able to escape the fire so he quickly used his giant paws and tail to push the burning tree away from the hole. But the fire was too big and Uradya caught fire. Mandya was woken from his sleep by the screams of his friend Uradya. When he saw the fire and his giant friend he was very sad but there was nothing he could do to save his friend. Eventually the fire died down and Mandya was able to use his huge paws and snout to push the burnt trees and body deep into the sleeping hole, so deep that it fell to the centre of the earth. Over time the trees turned into coal. Uradya's bones turned to rock and his gizzard to gas. The inner dreaming of this place, called Cooper by our white brothers, tells us what lies beneath.

CHORUS
Guruwari down below, Guruwari down below,
Guruwari down below, Guruwari down below


WOMBAT sits
KATIE stands.
Dancers take the dance into the theatre
JOAN, RAY, NANCY, SKIP, CHRIS, JUSTINE, FELICITY and BOB enter from back of the theatre.
Plasma TV lights up with a hot rock map of Australia.
Map is titled "How the Hot Earth Came to Be".
Dancers escort ALL to stage.

VERSE 3

KATIE
The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a seed power deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth. The shape of the land - its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and waterholes - and what lies beneath. The potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin. We call this potency the "Dreaming" of a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary states of consciousness can one be aware of, or attuned to, the inner dreaming of the Earth.

Dancers do slight reprise as song finishes.
Stage lights up fully.
KATIE sits next to WOMBAT.
OTHERS walk on to the stage.
RAY towards parliament building.

SKIP
Where are you off to mate?

RAY
Trevor's office why?

JOAN
Not this time. He wants it here.

JOAN points towards the tent embassy.
RAY looks uncomfortable.
CHRIS is on his mobile speaking frantically.
SKIP smiles.

SKIP
Historic stuff Ray.
Think you can handle it?


RAY
Now worries Skip.
Trevor know about it?


NANCY
His idea Raymond.


RAY looks for a seat.
Realizes he'll have to join the others who have taken up positions on the floor beside WOMBAT and KATIE.
TREVOR and SIMONE walk from backstage towards the others.
RAY has his back to TREVOR.

RAY
Okay so where is he?
The sooner we get this over with...


JOAN
Button it Ray.

TREVOR
Morning All.

JOAN/NANCY
Morning Trevor.

SKIP/RAY
Trevor.

TREVOR looks anxiously at FELICITY.
FELICITY nods and smiles back.

FELICITY
Trevor.

TREVOR
Miss Jones.

TREVOR spies JUSTINE.

TREVOR
And who might this be?

NANCY
Justine Wimbus. Gondaura Land Council lawyer.

JUSTINE
Morning Mr Warren.

TREVOR
Good idea.
Don't want those royalties going astray do we?


SKIP
No we don't.

RAY
So where are the others Trevor?

TREVOR
The others?

RAY
The major shareholders mate.

TREVOR
No idea.
Nancy?


NANCY
They'll be here Trevor.
Simone re-confirmed first thing this morning.


SIMONE nods.

RAY
Well I hope they don't mind getting
a bit of dust on their Zegnas.


SKIP
Don't know that they'll be wearing suits Ray.

SKIP nods to WOMBAT, KATIE, KAREN and JARVIS.
They stand up.

JOAN
Oh, and why is that?

JUSTINE
Trevor Warren let me introduce the major
shareholders in Uragonda Coal Mine.


CHRIS pinned to his mobile and stops abruptly.
TREVOR and RAY stand up looking bewildered.
FELICITY and BOB look a bit confused as well.

RAY
Are you trying to be funny lady?

TREVOR
Enough with the funny stuff Miss...

JUSTINE
Wimbus Mr Warren,
but please call me Justine.


SKIP
No funny stuff gentlemen.
These are the major shareholders.


RAY
These freeloaders?

RAY points indignantly at WOMBAT, KATIE, KAREN and JARVIS.
THEY smile back.
FELICITY indicates to BOB to get the camera rolling.

JUSTINE
These freeloaders, as you so quaintly put it,
are the chief elders and siblings
of the Gondaura Land Council.


RAY
I know who they are and no doubt.
They want to make sure they keep getting the royalty handout.


SKIP
You got that right Raymond.
Although they may not be needing it after today.


TREVOR
Could we please stop talking in riddles
and get to the point.


JUSTINE
The point Mr Warren
is that as of 9.00am on Wednesday morning
the Gondaura Land Council obtained a
52.5% stake in the Uragonda Coal Mine...


JOAN
What?

FELICITY
Action Bob!

JUSTINE
...making them, if my Math's correct (sarcasm)...

FELICITY
The majority shareholder.

SKIP
Very good Felicity.

RAY
You've got to be joking.

JUSTINE
Like I said Mr Peters,
there's a lot you don't know.


CHRIS starts dialling his mobile.

TREVOR
But how in the name of...

NANCY
...could a bunch of black freeloaders
become major shareholders in a coal mine?


TREVOR
Now steady on Nancy.

SKIP
That's okay Trevor.
We know exactly where the
Queensland government
stands on mining royalties
for traditional landowners.


JOAN
Royalties are a free ride.

RAY
Shouldn't exist at all.

SONG URAGONDA

SKIP
But they do and have existed for nearly 20 years
thanks to the efforts of the council and
their supporters in Canberra.


TREVOR
But what has that got to do with this shareholding?

NANCY
Watch and learn Trevor.

Dance blends traditional and modern
demonstrating the 40,000 years of indigenous culture
against 100 years of energy consumption.

URAGONDA (3.09)


WOMBAT
20 years is nothing to the Gondaura
20 years is nothing to our land
40 thousand years we have been walking here
40 thousand years for us to understand that


CHORUS
Uragonda Gondaura
Uragonda Gondaura


KATIE
20 years is nothing in the scheme of things
20 years for you it all began
40 thousand years we have existed here
40 thousand years for Gondaura to plan that


CHORUS
Uragonda Gondaura
Uragonda Gondaura


Dance continues.
JARVIS manipulates images blending Uragonda (new)
and Gondaura (ancient) land connections.
Uradya and Mandya story is reprised.

CHORUS
Uragonda Gondaura
Uragonda Gondaura


Dance continues.

SONG FADES

RAY
Okay, so these guys own most of the shares
and that's connected to some superstitious rubbish that...


JOAN
For crying out load Ray.

NANCY
You just don't get it do you?

SONG ENDS

RAY
What's to get?
There's a conflict of interest taking royalties?


Looks of despair and shoulder shrugging from SKIP and NANCY.

JUSTINE
You'd think so wouldn't you?
But with so much conflicting federal and state
legislation over mineral rights sloshing around...


NANCY
... and the assumption that any royalties
given to indigenous groups
would simply find there way over a bar...


SKIP
... or into a petrol tin...

JUSTINE
... there is no conflict because
none of you politicians or bureaucrats...


NANCY
... or mine managers...

JUSTINE
... could be bothered considering it.

SKIP
So on behalf of the Gondaura Land Council and its people,
we'd like to thank you for your myopic generosity
over the past 20 years.


RAY
This stinks to high heaven.

SKIP
Amazing where guilt will get you.

JOAN
So the royalties cease?

JUSTINE
Maybe, maybe not.

TREVOR
What makes you think we can't...?

JUSTINE
Legislate?

TREVOR
Of course.

JUSTINE
To do what?

JOAN
To ensure the new contracts are fulfilled.

RAY
To ensure continuity of supply.

CHRIS
To keep our own economy going.

SKIP
The only reason these new contracts are important to you
is the money you stood to make as insider traders.


JUSTINE
Careful Skip.

RAY
Yeah lover boy, careful with that mouth.

TREVOR
Would someone mind explaining...

JUSTINE
Later Trevor.
What's important right now is the whether
the shareholders want to sign the contracts.


TREVOR
Absolutely. Simone?

SONG GONDAURA (2.39)


Instrumental with CHORUS singing GONDAURA

SIMONE hands a folder to TREVOR.
He opens it and offers it to WOMBAT.
WOMBAT takes it and pretends to read the contents.
SKIP nods to JARVIS.
JARVIS manipulating the images on the plasma.
BOB is filming.
Split screen.
The plasma shows JARVIS images to BOB camera.

SKIP
Wombat.

WOMBAT
Uragonda will fulfil existing coal contracts.

KATIE
Uragonda will start preparing for geothermal production immediately.

KAREN
Uragonda will expand its natural gas production.

JUSTINE
Uragonda will cease coal production in two years.

SKIP
By then Uragonda will be producing enough
electricity to power the entire state.


JARVIS has changed the image to overlay transmission lines.
BOB overlays the images of content GLC members and anxious OTHERS.

NANCY
For a lot less than it costs now.

RAY
What?

CHRIS
You can't be serious.

JUSTINE
Oh yes they can.

JUSTINE hands TREVOR a folder.
TREVOR opens it.
Scans the contents.

TREVOR
But this looks like some sort of new power deal.

JARVIS adds the Gondaura Land Council and Uradya Energy logos.
BOB adds the faces according to the dialogue and response.

JUSTINE
With Uradya Energy.

RAY
Who the blazes is...

JOAN
Button it Ray. But how can you...

SKIP
... go up against the other energy companies?

JOAN
Precisely.

TREVOR
Don't you need...

JOAN
... permission?

TREVOR hands JOAN the folder.
JOAN flips anxiously.

TREVOR
Yes, yes that's right Joan.

JUSTINE
Page 19 I believe.

RAY
Well!

JOAN
Uradya Energy has been registered in Queensland for 5 years.

RAY
Where's the infrastructure? You need...

JUSTINE
... permission?

TREVOR
Yes, yes that's right Joan?

NANCY
Page 28 Joan.

RAY
Well!

JOAN
We gave them planning permission 3 years ago.

TREVOR
What? How...

JOAN
But power companies and mines are state responsibilities.

JUSTINE
Unless Canberra steps in with essential services legislation.

TREVOR
Chris. Are you part of this?

CHRIS
No way Trevor. This is the first...

SKIP
Page 44 mate.

CHRIS grabs the folder off JOAN.
Flips anxiously.

TREVOR
Well?

CHRIS
But that was...

JUSTINE
... to shore up future essential services?

CHRIS
Yes but...

SKIP
... how did this happen?

JUSTINE
With so much conflicting federal and state
legislation over essential services sloshing around...


KAREN
... and the assumption that indigenous groups
setting up energy deals...


SKIP
... is really stretching credibility...

JUSTINE
... there is no way any politician or bureaucrat...

KAREN
... or mine manager...

JUSTINE
... could be bothered considering it.

SKIP
So on behalf of the new owners of Uragonda Mine...

KAREN
... and the old owners of Uradya Energy...

SKIP
... we'd like to thank you for your myopic
generosity over the past 20 years.


NANCY
And all those...

ALL
Permissions!

SONG ENDS

SONG RUN FOR COVER

JOAN flipping of pages.
TREVOR and RAY looking very uneasy.
CHRIS on mobile phone.
WOMBAT, KATIE, KAREN and JARVIS sit down.

SKIP
By the time the coal stops
the clean green power will be well underway.


NANCY
Looks like you'll have to look for your dirty coal some place else.

SKIP
Unless of course you CAN produce clean green coal.

Looks of derision and laughter from SKIP, NANCY, JUSTINE, JARVIS, FELICITY.
Looks of contempt and bewilderment from TREVOR, JOAN, CHRIS, RAY.

RAY
They can't get away with this.
Trevor do something.


TREVOR
Don't worry Ray, I intend to.
Chris?


CHRIS
Yes Trevor?
Me? No way.


FELICITY
CUT!

RUN FOR COVER(3.20)


Song is point and counterpoint style.
JOAN and RAY try to avoid NANCY and SKIP during the song.

SKIP/NANCY

You took on a deal
And thought that you'd steal
From all of your friends
You can't make amends
Your greed knows no bounds
And now that the hounds
Are locked on your heals
You're still making deals
It's all over Ray/Joan
The dogs had it's day/bone
The tables have turned
Your fingers are burned
Relinquish your post
Your life's become toast
And games that you play
Will end here today

There's not much more to say
It's been a lousy day
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
Although you are the boss
You have to cop the loss
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
There's not much more to do
No longer up to you
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
It's too late to confess
You're in a right old mess
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover

You weave and you duck
And think that with luck
You'll stay out of jail
If you pay your bail
But that's fantasy
And as you will see
There's no where to go
Just give back the dough
It's all over Ray/Joan
The dogs had it's day/bone
The tables have turned
Your fingers are burned
The hand you've been dealt
Is not easily felt
And games that you play
Will end here today

There's not much more to say
It's been a lousy day
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
Although you are the boss
You have to cop the loss
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
There's not much more to do
No longer up to you
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
It's too late to confess
You're in a right old mess
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover


SKIP/NANCY
Give it up Ray/Joan. It's over.

RAY/JOAN
Spare me the platitudes Skip/Nancy.

SKIP/NANCY
Have it your way.

RAY/JOAN
One more day and we had it all.

SKIP/NANCY
You were sunk from the start.

RAY/JOAN
What do you mean?

SKIP/NANCY
It doesn't matter now.

There's not much more to say
It's been a lousy day
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
Although you are the boss
You have to cop the loss
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
There's not much more to do
No longer up to you
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover
It's too late to confess
You're in a right old mess
With one thing and another
You cannot run for cover

Run for Cover, Run for Cover
Run for Cover, Run for Cover
Run for Cover, Run for Cover
Run for Cover, Run for Cover


SONG ENDS

SONG MADE IT THROUGH

FELICITY moves close to SKIP.
NANCY not impressed.
Moves even closer.

FELICITY
There's just one thing that puzzles me.

SKIP
What's that Felicity?

FELICITY
Who hung the banner?

SKIP
We may never know.

NANCY quickly grabs SKIP by the arm.
THEY move stage front.
FELICITY smiles and shrugs.

MADE IT THROUGH (2.56)


During the song plasma lights up with visual of someone
climbing the dragline carrying a bundle.
Bundle unfurled to reveal the huge Chinese characters and
a glimpse of the person - SKIP PILE.

NANCY
Skip I was worried
We might be in trouble
Given the risks and uncertainties,
But you knew we would make it
And now we are ready
Ready to see this project through
With a bit of luck
And belief in fate
We waited we made it through
With a bit of luck
And belief in fate
Now I can spend my life with you


SKIP
Nancy at times when
I thought there'd be trouble
Given the risks and uncertainties,
But I knew we would make it
And now we are ready
Ready to see this project through
With a bit of luck
And belief in fate
We waited we made it through
With a bit of luck
And belief in fate
I can spend my life with you


SKIP/NANCY
We have stuck together,
And it's now and it's forever
That we have a future for the good of all
We have stuck together,
And it's now and it's forever
That we know and we see,
That it's you and it's me


SKIP/NANCY
Nancy at/Skip there were times
When we thought there'd be trouble
Given the risks and uncertainties,
But we knew we would make it
And now we are ready
Ready to see this project through
With a bit of luck
And belief in fate
We waited we made it through

With a bit of luck
And belief in fate
Now I can spend my life with you
With a bit of luck
And belief in fate
We waited we made it through
With a bit of luck
And belief in fate
I can spend my life with you
We waited we made it through
We waited we made it through


SONG ENDS

As song finishes SKIP and NANCY join the others hand in hand.

FINALE

SONG POLITICIAN REPRISE

TREVOR
Simone we need to sort out a few things upstairs.

SIMONE
Yes Trevor.

JUSTINE
I wouldn't bother Trevor.

SKIP
There's nothing to sort mate.

Plasma lights up with visual of an office being cleaned out.

POLITICIAN REPRISE (2.19)


TREVOR
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
All day I was a model Politician
AM PM every other weekend
I was, I was a model Politician
Go here go there always going somewhere
I'm there coz I'm a model Politician
Town by town and state by state
My fate's to be a model Politician


TREVOR and SIMONE
Po-li-ti-cian Po-li-ti-cian

TREVOR
Good times bad times even during sad times
All times I was a model Politician
Rough times smooth times even if it's lose times
All times I was a model Politician
Backhand forehand hand hit them with a glad hand
All hands I was a model Politician
Front side backside beat them down the blindside
Aside I was a model Politician


TREVOR and SIMONE
Po-li-ti-cian Po-li-ti-cian

TREVOR
I'm honest, I'm forthright,
My visions had foresight
I'm working my butt off,
So everything's just right
I worked on the weekends,
I worked on vacation
But now I'll be joining
The rest of the nation


TREVOR, NANCY and SIMONE
I'm/He's honest, I'm/He's forthright
My/His visions had foresight
I'm/He's working my/his butt off
So everything's just right
I'm/He's worked on the weekends
I/He worked on vacation
And now I/he am/is joining
The rest of the nation...
fade

SONG FADES INTO...

UNDERNEATH FINALE (2:50)


WOMBAT
Getting paid a living wage
To pipe from here to over there
Suck it up and push it out
At prices that are pretty fair
Put the pollies to the sword
And get on with the job at hand
Every day in every way
We'll make sure that you understand


SKIP
Coz we want to save our nation
Doing more than affirmation
Coz we want to heed the warning
To stop this global warming
Burning coal is no solution
To clean up the air pollution
There's a better answer underneath


KATIE
Shareholders will all be happy
Taking up a dividend
People who invested here
Are not going to see it end
They are happy with the prospects
Living life that's pretty good
Every day in every way
They know what's easily understood


NANCY
Coz we plan to save our bacon
Some things will be forsaken
We are wise to heed the warning
To stop this global warming
That's why this long term solution
Has been passed by resolution
'Cause we know what's lying underneath


ALL
Underneath
'Cause we know what's lying underneath
Underneath
'Cause we know what's lying underneath
Clean coal's not normal
Go Geothermal
Underneath
'Cause we know what's lying underneath
Underneath
'Cause we know what's lying underneath
Underneath
'Cause we know what's lying underneath
Clean coal's not normal
Go Geothermal
Clean coal's not normal
Go Geothermal


The dancers move in to the theatre.
Hand out bumper stickers proclaiming geothermal energy from Gonda project.

ALL
Coz we want to save our nation
Do more than affirmation
Coz we want to heed the warning
To stop this global warming
Burning coal is no solution
To clean up the air pollution
There's a better answer underneath


SONG FADES as curtain closes.

Curtain Calls
SONG DREAMING FINALE (4.00)

END OF GONDAURA THE MUSICAL