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Tips and rumours

BHP staff taken by surprise by demerger news … Bob Day goes with Sussan … Letters falling off a cliff …

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Tips and rumours

Tradies to do safety checks at BHP … Young Libs and student unions … Westfield leaves Australia a parting gift …

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The oncoming storm that will smash the mining boom in the Pilbara

A confluence of three factors are converging on the Pilbara’s iron ore mines. The result will be a once-per-century economic cyclone, and miners better batten down the hatches.

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Olympic Dam pipe dream no help for Holden workers

Tony Abbott declaring that sacked Holden workers can re-train and find themselves a job at Olympic Dam shows just how out of touch this government is.

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BHP wants to have its coal and burn it too as climate dominates AGM

The 19th-biggest carbon polluter in history says although it supported a carbon price, it was never on board with Labor’s. Although it’s committed to reducing climate change, it doesn’t believe in renewables.

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Ian Dunlop: why I am nominating for the board of BHP Billiton

Climate change is not a secondary social concern to businesses, it is a catastrophic change that will fundamentally alter business as we know it. Ian Dunlop explains why he is taking the fight to BHP.

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Climate change not up for debate

Crikey readers have their say on Abbott’s control of his minister, hiding the boats and the so-called climate change “debate”.

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The remarkable story of the nationalisation of PNG’s largest mine

Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

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Climate change activist gets BHP board hot under the collar

The board of BHP Billiton has told shareholders to reject Ian Dunlop’s application for the company’s board, despite his numerous credentials for the role. His climate activism is the problem.

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How McKinsey went from white-shoe firm to criminal incubator

The cream of the crop of management consulting firms used to be McKinsey. But the recent alumni of the firm have had a less than sparkling record of late.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer, for one, welcomes our robotic overlords. Plus other political views of the day.

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The big Australian: how CBA became our top company (briefly)

As Europe‚Äôs banks have faltered, ours have soared. The Commonwealth Bank briefly became Australia’s biggest company this week — a moment worth reflecting on.

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Kloppers ‘really screwed up’, but still gets $85m for BHP stint

Departing BHP boss Marius Kloppers is leaving the mining company in far worse shape than he found it — and being paid handsomely for it. Even Rich Lister Ivan Glasenberg took a swipe today.

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Kloppers overreached but leaves BHP in good shape

Maris Kloppers will leave BHP Billiton in good shape. But his propensity to overreach has left its mark on the firm and the country, writes David Llewellyn-Smith of Macro Business.

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Global mining giants fail to hit paydirt, more write-downs

Mining companies around the world are announcing billions of dollars worth of write-downs. Here’s a list of the biggest cuts.

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The $17b iron ore slump that lined Chinese pockets

The slump in iron ore prices boosted the Chinese economy — but robbed Australian exporters like BHP and Rio Tinto of significant revenue in 2012. But the tables are turning.

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Resources firms dine out despite carbon tax scare campaign

Australian resources companies have enjoyed a healthy six months since the introduction of the Gillard government’s feared carbon tax. So much for the predicted business wipeout.

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Tips and rumours

Finance types enjoy Xmas banquet … while posties lament a thermos gift … is BHP Billiton cutting safety, enviro staff? …

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Boom or bust? The forecast is fine for mining long-term

The death-knell of the mining boom has sounded all year. But the pipeline of investment won’t peak until 2014 and Asian demand forecasts are strong. Owen Jacques finds the middle ground between boom and bust.

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The Power Index: biz directors, Jac Nasser at #6

The Big Australia may be diminished, but its chairman is still a titan in the business world. Jac Nasser, who earns around $1 million a year to steer BHP Billiton’s boardroom, is described as a good foil to other directors and a CEO now under increasing pressure.

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Why life is more complicated than boom and bust

The “boom is over” crowd miss the point that the end of record minerals prices is, in the long-term, a good thing for industry.

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Japan’s nuclear power retreat bad news for uranium

Japan’s announced phasing-out of nuclear power by 2040 is the latest blow to an industry that has been reeling since Fukushima. Our governments should be nervous, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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China has big spending plans as its economy gets rougher

Is China indulging in another round of talks about new spending that it will find almost impossible to back with what’s really needed — cold, hard cash?

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Have BHP shareholders got their money’s worth?

Marius Kloppers should be grateful to his predecessors at BHP for creating a company able to withstand a series of multibillion-dollar management blunders.

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Kloppers’ visit confirms Olympic Dam a pipe dream

Just what is the status of the Olympic Dam expansion plan? BHP boss Marius Kloppers finally made it clear yesterday — it’s nothing but a pipe dream. Kevin Naughton of InDaily reports.

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