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If the mining industry was a political party, it would make the current federal government look like a success story, writes <b>Dr Richard Denniss</b>, is executive director of The Australia Institute.

As the miners look tough, the government looks weak

If the mining industry was a political party, it would make the current federal government look like a success story, writes Dr Richard Denniss, is executive director of The Australia Institute.

Access Economics benefits from free publicity from the biggest media outlets in the country. And what does it do with it?

Accessing free publicity from an uncritical media

Access Economics benefits from free publicity from the biggest media outlets in the country. And what does it do with it?

While a transnational company was ripping off Zambia, the mining industry here was claiming it was a model for Australia.

Glencore and the cautionary tale of Zambia

While a transnational company was ripping off Zambia, the mining industry here was claiming it was a model for Australia.

The reality that the world faces a significant temperature rise no matter what Australia does should drive the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund.

A sovereign wealth fund should be a core climate change strategy

The reality that the world faces a significant temperature rise no matter what Australia does should drive the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund.

The steady drip of mining profit announcements will expose Labor's half-baked position on a mining tax. And it has nobody to blame but itself.

Labor exposed and under fire on mining tax

The steady drip of mining profit announcements will expose Labor's half-baked position on a mining tax. And it has nobody to blame but itself.

Billionaire Queensland mining magnate Clive Palmer ratcheted up his political donations to the conservative side of politics to over $1 million in 2009-10, despite the Liberal Party declaring his cash persona non grata mid-way through the audit period, according to data released by the Australian Electoral Commission this morning.

Mining the donations: Palmer returns as $1 million Tory sugar daddy

Billionaire Queensland mining magnate Clive Palmer ratcheted up his political donations to the conservative side of politics to over $1 million in 2009-10, despite the Liberal Party declaring his cash persona non grata mid-way through the audit period, according to data released by the Australian Electoral Commission this morning.

The deal Julia Gillard cut last year with the big three mining companies - BHP, Rio Tinto and Xstrata - is reportedly under threat of unraveling, with the PM and the three companies embroiled in a dispute about whether refund royalties should apply retrospectively.

The mining stoush: it ain’t over yet

The deal Julia Gillard cut last year with the big three mining companies - BHP, Rio Tinto and Xstrata - is reportedly under threat of unraveling, with the PM and the three companies embroiled in a dispute about whether refund royalties should apply retrospectively.

Glenn Stevens offered a different perspective on the "two-speed economy" yesterday. But there'll still only be one result from the mining boom.

Who’ll get the blame when interest rates next rise?

Glenn Stevens offered a different perspective on the "two-speed economy" yesterday. But there'll still only be one result from the mining boom.

Export income is pouring into the Australian economy at unprecedented levels, thanks to the higher prices for coal, iron ore, gas, copper and other commodities.

We have a huge trade surplus: now that’s a boom

Export income is pouring into the Australian economy at unprecedented levels, thanks to the higher prices for coal, iron ore, gas, copper and other commodities.

After weeks of questioning, Treasurer Wayne Swan admitted what appeared obvious to many -- that the mineral resources rent tax will raise a lot less revenue for the government than the resources super profits tax would have.

The MRRT: what it really means to taxpayers

After weeks of questioning, Treasurer Wayne Swan admitted what appeared obvious to many -- that the mineral resources rent tax will raise a lot less revenue for the government than the resources super profits tax would have.

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