The dark side of fly-in, fly-out work in remote Australia by ABCRadioNational published on 2013-02-22T03:18:48Z They are, in one sense, a sign of national prosperity: the sprawling barracks that house the men and women who fly into remote towns to work, mostly in the mining industry, then fly out again. These so-called fly-in fly-out workers earn big money; even entry-level salaries are around $80,000 to $100,000. Their families back home benefit financially, as do the shops and services they patronise. But last week, a federal parliamentary inquiry found fly-in fly-out workplaces had a serious downside for rural and regional Australia. A shortage of housing in towns around the mines has pushed rents to stratospheric levels, and, with most of the money leaving the regions to be spent in the cities and on the coasts where the families live, local businesses are suffering. Listen to the interview on the <a href="http://abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/the-dark-side-of-fly-in2c-fly-out-work-in-remote-australia/4530284">Religion and Ethics Report</a>.