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What’s strategic and what’s not for foreign investment?

With the ruling out of a Glencore bid for Rio Tinto by the Treasurer, we have a clearer idea of what’s protected in Australia. But not clear enough, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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How Big Iron’s mistake cost you billions

Grave miscalculations about China’s domestic steel production have landed Australia’s iron ore sector in deep slag.

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Business bites: govt lags … Twiggy cops slag … oil price flags …

The Reserve Bank says Abbott must start investing in new schooling infrastructure. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Business bites: Rio ‘streamlines’ … coal price declines … Glencore shuts its mines …

Rio Tinto’s “streamlining” is great for shareholders — less so for workers. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Business bites: cheap iron ore … ethanol sales poor … US bonds? Sure! …

BHP slashes the cost of iron ore extraction. And other business tidbits for the day.

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Business Bites: Melco profits smashed … iron ore crash … Fifty Shades of Cash …

James Packer’s Macau casino faces falling profits. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Business Bites: Rio whines … Apple shines … QE refined …

Don’t believe the doom and gloom, Rio Tinto is doing just fine. And other business tidbits of the day.

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China’s party men concerned as anti-corruption campaign claims scalps

Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign is opaque, utterly devoid of due process — and hurting big business.

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Australia bets it all on India’s coal market

Tony Abbott has appointed Rio Tinto’s CEO to the Australia-India CEO Forum, doubling down on Australia’s commitment to mining coal for Indian consumption. What could possibly go wrong?

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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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