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Bishop’s Mongolian mining howler: talk about your sovereign risk

Julie Bishop lauds Mongolia as superior to Australia in encouraging mining investment. Too bad she didn’t check the business pages, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Economic lessons from WA: nobody booms over this bust

The Western Australian government’s budget and Rio Tinto’s continuing reliance on the Pilbara reflect economic reality rather than political or corporate rhetoric, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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No exemptions: bribes are bribes, from Murdoch to African miners

Corruption kills, slows development and undermines governments. Yet mining companies demand the right to keep bribing, write Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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‘Minerals Week’ in a realm of industry rentseeking

The rentseekers and whingers of the mining industry gather in Canberra this week. But you can be sure that there are a few topics that won’t be mentioned, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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The Power Index: election deciders, corporate lobbyists at #5

Government not spruiking your particular corporate interest enough? No worries — just take to the airwaves yourself with a relatively small ad buy, as these special interests have done, and you can easily influence policy, win elections and even topple leaders.

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Australia: still officially the safest place for mining investment in the world

Despite the apocalyptic rhetoric from the mining industry and the opposition, Australia continues to be ranked as the world’s safest place for mining investment. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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At the coalface: females increasingly hitting paydirt in the mines

The Australian Women in Resources Alliance aims to double the number of women working in the resources sector. But how will they do it? Freelance journalist Mandi Santic investigates.

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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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If we ride on the back of iron ore, the recovery signs are good

Iron ore prices have staged a remarkable comeback, boosted by a stronger Chinese economy and favourable weather conditions. It could deliver a bigger windfall to Australia than anyone thought.

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Decades behind? Mining chief might be right on productivity

Is the Australian mining sector really decades behind on productivity improvement? There’s something to incoming Anglo American chief Mark Cutifani’s alarming comments.

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Approval for a devil of an issue in the Tarkine

The campaign is well underway to protect the Tarkine’s natural and cultural heritage after approval was given this week for the Shree Minerals iron ore mine in western Tasmania. The ANU’s Andrew Macintosh writes on the politics and policy.

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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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Miners’ African fantasies drowning in violence

Fantasies of an African mining nirvana claimed by the likes of Gina Rinehart are at odds with a bloodier reality: strikes are crippling South Africa’s mining industry.

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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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Cognitive dissonance as Newman flails the coal industry

Concerns about the quality of Australian management, once claimed to be partisan sniping, are now shared by a conservative premier. That didn’t fit the narrative at all.

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Rinehart our new YouTube star

Australia’s richest citizen has taken to YouTube to hit out at the federal government’s tax take and what she says is an increasingly difficult business environment. Despite her comments attracting international attention, the 10-minute spray only had 1124 views as Crikey hit deadline …

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Blind-sided BHP’s mega lucky delays

The rate of change in external circumstances blind-sided BHP Billiton and its peers. The silver lining is that the change came soon enough to prevent unaffordable mega-projects from being set in motion.

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Get a real job, Wayne — mining tax take won’t cut it

With the resources sector transitioning from boom times to just “good times”, Canberra’s tax take is on the slide. Without a bold fix it might be time for Wayne Swan to don the hard hat for real, says Rob Burgess.

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Essential: voters hostile to foreign workers, Abbott at new lows

Voters are strongly opposed to bringing in foreign workers, new polling from Essential Research finds, and believe mining companies’ only motivation is cheap labour.

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What the mining doom’n'gloom reports won’t mention

More claims that Australia is becoming a higher cost place to do business fail to acknowledge what’s happening in countries like Brazil.

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An opportunity to change the country for the better

Crikey readers have their say.

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Why getting Australians into mining jobs doesn’t add up

Bringing in foreign workers for mining industry jobs makes sense - because it doesn’t make sense for most of us to relocate to mining towns.

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The reality behind Jac Nasser’s capital strike threat

The reality behind Jac Nasser’s complaints is that the mining industry is responsible for much of what it claims is wrong with Australia, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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As the miners look tough, the government looks weak

If the mining industry was a political party, it would make the current federal government look like a success story, writes Dr Richard Denniss, is executive director of The Australia Institute.

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