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Santos’ open flame: can it snuff out the protests on coal seam gas?

At first glance Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s deregulation agenda would appear to play into the hands of companies struggling to gain development approval.

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Rio Tinto’s Gove plant never delivered on indigenous hopes

Rio Tinto will close its Gove smelting plant, which is not necessarily a bad outcome for the Yolngu people. ANU professor Jon Altman says employment opportunities are better sought elsewhere.

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Dirty environmental legacy could burden Orica chemical spin-off

Orica has signaled an interest in becoming a pure mining business, spinning off its chemical business on its own. But numerous environmental liabilities could be a heavy load to bear for a chemical business.

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Broke, overstretched and hungry: Nathan Tinkler’s early years

Nathan Tinkler got his start in a “dirty, mongrelly job” in a mine, but he didn’t stay long in steady employment. Despite significant financial problems at home, he always had his eye on the big picture.

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Tinkler’s fall continues with loss off key mining asset

The bad news keeps coming for former mining magnate Nathan Tinkler. Crikey can reveal he has lost a key mining asset in Queensland.

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How Nathan Tinkler lost almost $1 billion in two years

Mining magnate Nathan Tinkler was our youngest billionaire, and our briefest. In this extract from Crikey journalist Paddy Manning’s book, out this week, we look at Tinkler’s spectacular fall from grace.

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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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Battle for the reef rages below the poll surface

There is a new threat to the Great Barrier Reef in the form of shipping and nearby mining, writes local journalist John Mikkelsen. Will anyone except the Greens talk about it?

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The real story on aid doesn’t make good headlines

Crikey readers have their say on fringe benefits tax, mining and whether Australians actually don’t support foreign aid.

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The legal row to protect 30,000-year-old rock art in WA

Divisions have emerged in Western Australia over the protection of ancient Aboriginal rock art in the Dampier Archipelago. Locals are at war with miners and have taken the fight to Canberra.

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RBA’s housing surge arrives at last

The recovery in housing the RBA was aiming for in the wake of the mining boom appears to be finally arriving.

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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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Where did it all go wrong for Newcrest Mining?

Newcrest Mining is requesting a vetting of its performance ahead of a downgrade, but what will the investigation find? And will it be as public as it should be? It’s all quite a debacle.

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‘Don’t mention this’: China’s economy is worse than you think

The Chinese economy is no longer growing at a rate of knots. Will the new leadership succeed with economic reform — and what would happen to Australia if they don’t?

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Ask the economists: how low will gold eventually go?

A 30-year gold rout has spooked markets. But economists aren’t that concerned. Crikey intern Kylar Loussikian speaks to some pointy heads about how low it could go, and whether we should be worrying.

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The rise and rise of Sirius Resources’ Mark Creasy

With the discovery of nickel deposits in WA, Sirius Resources’ major shareholder Mark Creasy’s personal wealth has risen $93 million in under two weeks. Will he make it to $1 billion?

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How Twiggy took on the miners — and lost

A major mining company is going to spoil someone’s pastoral lease without their consent, writes former native title lawyer Sarah Burnside. Only thing is, “someone” is Andrew Forrest.

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Marcia Langton defends non-disclosure on mining cash before Boyers

The academic background to last year’s Boyer Lectures was funded by global miners Rio Tinto and Woodside. But the audience was none the wiser. Should she and the ABC have disclosed?

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Mining the moon in 10 years: more science than fiction

Space and mining boffins will gather in Sydney next month to discuss the possibly of mining on the moon, asteroids and even Mars. It could happen a lot sooner than you’d think.

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Rio Tinto hits rivers of trouble in Mongolia’s mines

While Rio Tinto’s executives bask in the friendly climes of London, Perth and Singapore, it’s in Mongolia — one of the unforgiving lands where the it digs up its treasure — Rio has again orchestrated its own crisis.

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Tips and rumours

ATO to go miners over dodgy transactions? … Merry Christmas Tony Abbott, here is Crikey’s reading list for you … who’s who in newsrooms of old …

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Rinehart’s lessons for small business: just earn more money

Gina Rinehart has put out a new book, with much fanfare. While there are still no copies of the book in sight, we’ve sifted through her speech launching the book to discover seven gems from Gina.

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Wall Street Journal Law blog | COMPANIES|

Australia’s resources bust?

For year’s the Australian economy has been riding on the backs of miners, but momentum has rapidly moved downwards, reports The Wall Street Journal, due to a number of projects on hold.

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