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Business bites: cheap iron ore … ethanol sales poor … US bonds? Sure! …

BHP slashes the cost of iron ore extraction. And other business tidbits for the day.

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Even gas execs admit that we don’t need more gas drilling in NSW

Some coal seam gas types are saying NSW will face a gas shortage this winter. This is nonsense, and they know it.

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Crikey clarifier: why is a royal commission investigating nuclear power?

Royal commissions usually investigate events after they’ve happened, so why is the case for nuclear power being put to a royal commission in South Australia? Crikey intern Rowan Forster reports.

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Distrust of big business behind Labor’s rise to power in Qld

Anti-big business feeling and a targeted social media campaign gave Labor the votes to win the Queensland election, writes freelance writer and small business owner Andrew Stewart in Queensland.

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Don’t look now, but the price of iron ore is rising

The sky is falling and iron ore prices are crashing, right? Not exactly …

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Glencore should think twice before making a play for Rio Tinto

A Glencore tilt at Rio Tinto would be a very bold move. But as the BHP Billiton merger proves, a mega-miner is not necessarily a good investment.

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Tips and rumours

Changing carbon price opinions … uncomfortable dates for student politicians … Courier Mail subs confusion …

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BHP, Rio Tinto deliberately sinking the price of iron ore

It’s not greedy unionists or meddling governments that have caused a slump in iron ore prices — the smoking gun is in the hands of Rio, BHP, Fortescue and Vale.

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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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