tip off

Engineers: the canaries in the economic coal mine?

Engineers are supposed to be the engine drivers of an economy. But after 37 years in the sector, Geoff Eaton is struggling to find work. And he’s not alone.

READ MORE

More Australians are dying at work while we chatter about terrorism

Workplace deaths are on the rise in Australia, even though we know concerted action can reduce fatalities.

READ MORE

Where did it go so wrong for NT miner Western Desert?

Western Desert is the latest victim of the iron ore crash, sure, but is there more at play?

READ MORE

Rio throws down the gauntlet on iron ore

Rio Tinto is reporting spectacular profits, and it has no plans to slow down production of iron ore, even though prices are falling.

READ MORE

China ‘recovery’ more a dead cat bounce

The one sector that is not seeing growth is the one most important to Australian mining: housing in China.

READ MORE

We should have kept the mining tax

D-Day for democracy? Maire Mannik writes: Re. “The Prime Minister goes on manoeuvres for D-Day” (yesterday). The D-Day landings were for many things but democracy was not one of them. Women in France did not get the vote until after the war, so hardly a democracy. Ironically, women in Germany achieved the vote in 1918. How the […]

READ MORE

Comeback kid: can Tinkler revive a dead mine — and his own fortunes?

Nathan Tinkler has somehow raised $150 million to buy a mothballed coal mine. But will he manage to stump up the cash to actually operate it?

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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”.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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?

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

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

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

‘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?

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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?

READ MORE

Womens Agenda

loading...

Smart Company

loading...

StartupSmart

loading...

Property Observer

loading...