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Tips and rumours

Markson smoked out? Not quite … no climate change in Queensland … Shorten as Mr September …

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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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Who is John Galt?

Crikey readers have their say on submarines, the real threat of Islamic State and the selflessness of mining companies.

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Why manufacturing navy submarines overseas is the wrong move

Crikey readers have their say on military procurement, mining companies and other issues of the day.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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‘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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

As Australia’s first bookie to sponsor a football team (well, a coach, really), Richard Farmer has reason to think Tom Waterhouse’s ads must be profitable. Plus other political views along the way.

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Rinehart gets on board Melbourne’s campaign to lure Rio home

It’s not often that Stephen Mayne and Gina Rinehart agree. But they’ve found common ground in urging mining giant Rio Tinto, which has recently slashed its Melbourne workforce, to relocate its headquarters from London to Australia.

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Media briefs: Punch KO’ed … Guinea foul … Pope puns …

After four years, The Punch is being subsumed into part of News Ltd. Is it about time? Plus a distinct lack of fact-checking at The AFR.

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Media briefs: Langton defence … AFR sceptics … ‘mummy bloggers’ …

Russell Skelton has issued a bizarre defence of Marcia Langton in the new-look Age, and Mia Freedman talks penis blogging.

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Disclosure wars: Skelton defends Langton (backed by Rio)

The Age’s Russell Skelton offers a bizarre and self-contradictory defence of Marcia Langton after Crikey revealed she failed to disclose links to Rio Tinto in her Boyer lecture series.

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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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Australia, Rio Tinto joined at the broken hip of iron ore

Rio Tinto is over-exposed to iron ore prices that have collapsed over the last 12 months — just like the Australian economy. David Llewellyn-Smith of MacroBusiness wonders if there’s any way out.

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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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Now’s the time to secure Rio Tinto HQ for Australia

Gina Rinehart has called for it, and it makes a lot of sense: bringing Rio Tinto home. Applying some board pressure could force new CEO Sam Walsh to shift HQ to Perth.

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He’s not Moses, he’s just a miner: Albanese departure shifts debate

With Rio Tinto writing down billions, maybe it’s time for some realism in debates about “productivity”, “sovereign risk”, and whether miners are the Messiah. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Tips and rumours

Which pollie is known as “Wottha” to his ALP colleagues? … rumbles as Swan poaches AFR journo … three’s a crowd on this airline’s Valentine’s special …

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He went to Rio, and lost $35b: Albanese’s destructive path

The media let Tom Albanese off the hook too easily. The ousted Rio Tinto boss will go down as one of the most value-destroying executives in global corporate history.

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Past catches up with Albanese, but is Rio back to the future?

Rio chief Tom Albanese has been eased out after a series of failures. But in appointing Sam Walsh to stand in, has Rio Tinto learnt from its mistakes?

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