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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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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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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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The future of digital radio

Crikey readers have their say.

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Rather than Fairfax, Rinehart has bigger fish to fry

Does Gina Rinehart really have the time and energy to spend trying to fix a broken company, when she has her own $30 billion empire to look after?

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Olympic Dam the warning of an Asian slowdown

Slowing Asian economic growth mean more projects than Olympic Dam are likely to be put on hold, writes Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Media briefs: new Sun-Herald ed … journo guilty … Seven to cut costs? …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … Cox appointed as new Sun-Herald Ed … Seven journo pleads guilty to contacting killer … Seven to cut costs? …

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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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How Olympic Dam became a mirage in the desert

The Olympic Dam expansion is now a genuine “mirage in the desert”. Kevin Naughton of InDaily looks at the history of the project from Mike Rann to now.

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BHP’s social responsibility stance … a PR stunt, or what?

When the head of a major transnational corporation announces an epiphany on corporate social responsibility it is appropriate to be sceptical, writes freelancer David Ritter.

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Mike Rann delivers Kloppers’ Kingdom in Melbourne

Ever since the SA premier began spruiking the mining boom in 2005, BHP has held the cards in negotiations, writes Kevin Naughton of InDaily.

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The long and winding road that leads to Olympic Dam

More than six years after an excited South Australian government began spruiking a state mining boom, the proposed $20 billion expansion of South Australia’s Olympic Dam mine is getting close to a real deal, writes Kevin Naughton of InDaily.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

The Point Lowly desal plant that’s got SA squabbling

BHP Billiton refuses to back down from its controversial plans to build a desalination plant at Point Lowly, South Australia, despite fears of significant environmental damage, explains Esther Ooi.

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BHP and the new maths of nuclear reactors

BHP is charging ahead with its Olympic Dam project despite the worldwide pause on nuclear power caused by Fukushima.

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Gottliebsen: an Olympic victory for BHP

Olympic Dam is the world’s most valuable mineral deposit and will go close to being the world’s biggest start-up mining development, writes Robert Gottliebsen, of Business Spectator.

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Crikey says: Saudi Australia a reality

For anyone concerned that the Australian resources boom may be upended by a slowdown in demand from China over coming years, remember just two words: Olympic Dam.

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BHP stuffed? Who’s right, Kloppers or Costello?

Monday’s glittering tax cuts overshadowed any number of interesting figures and forecasts tucked away in the Treasury’s mid-year economic and fiscal outlook - things like the prediction that BHP is going to be stuffed in three years’ time, writes Michael Pascoe.

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BHP Billiton management team beginning to take shape

Marius Kloppers’ new team at BHP Billiton is taking shape with the diversified miner clearly alluding to the importance of the Olympic Dam and its huge uranium deposits by creating a new Customer Service Group.

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