People over profit: new issue of MINE Australia out now

14 January 2021 (Last Updated January 14th, 2021 16:44)

In this issue: legislation to protect indigenous communities, fighting corruption in Australian mining, the future of green steel as a strategic metal, and more.

People over profit: new issue of MINE Australia out now

In this issue, Rio Tinto’s destruction of an aboriginal heritage site at the Juukan Gorge caused outrage, led to the removal of many of the company’s executives, and triggered a new draft for mining legislation in Western Australia. Could the law help address the exploitative power dynamic in mining, where local and indigenous groups are often ignored for the sake of profit?

Also, a new Bribery Prevention Network has been established in Australia to provide a hub supporting businesses in countering bribery and corruption. We find out how corruption affects the Australian mining industry, and how changes can be made to ensure operations are ethical and sustainable. 

Elsewhere, as Australia’s mining industry has expanded and developed over the last two decades or more, its footprint has spread all over the world. Now, market forces and a growing US-Australia critical minerals partnership are bringing North America into sharp focus as an investment destination for Australian miners.

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In this issue 

The Bribery Prevention Network: fighting corruption in Australian mining

A new Bribery Prevention Network has been established in Australia to provide a hub supporting businesses in countering bribery and corruption. Scarlett Evans finds out how corruption affects the Australian mining industry, and how changes can be made to ensure operations are ethical and sustainable.

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Strengthening South Australia’s mining industry 

South Australia plans to bring 25,000-30,000 new jobs to the state by 2030 through its ‘Building on our Strengths’ strategy. Developing low-carbon technologies is highlighted as a cornerstone of the push to meet the state’s target of net 100% renewable energy by the 2030s, so how is the mining sector expected to adapt? Scarlett Evans reports. 

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The latest on Australia’s biggest mining projects

With the Covid-19 pandemic causing multifold disruptions and losses among mining operators around the world, Yoana Cholteeva takes a look at the latest developments at some of the biggest ongoing mining projects across Australia.

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Hands across the Pacific: Australian miners look to North America

Market forces and a growing US-Australia critical minerals partnership are bringing North America into sharp focus as an investment destination for Australian miners. Chris Lo finds out more.

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Could green steel become one of Australia’s most strategic minerals?

Murmurings from China about a potential cut in coal imports have got Australian miners eyeing up new strategic minerals. Top of that list may be steel, a commodity that is currently far from sustainable but, should a solution be found to lower the environmental footprint, may be a winner. Scarlett Evans takes a look at the potential for developing green alternatives. 

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Protecting the people: could an Australian legal reform help minimise the damage of mining?

Rio Tinto’s destruction of an aboriginal heritage site at the Juukan Gorge caused outrage, led to the removal of many of the company’s executives, and triggered a new draft for mining legislation in Western Australia. Could the law help address the exploitative power dynamic in mining? JP Casey finds out.

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State by state: the minerals Australia is known for

Australia is not just a key player in iron ore and gold, it also boasts profitable mines producing everything from tin to rutile across its states and territories. JP Casey goes around the country to see which commodities are mined where.

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How long should a miner commit to oversight?

A subsidiary of Rio Tinto is currently in mediation with the Australian Government over continuing commitments to scientific monitoring of the Ranger mine. Yoana Cholteeva examines the dispute and takes a look at some positive examples of land remediation.

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Preview – MINE Australia March 2021

Western Australia’s plan to relax its border restrictions in November will come as a relief to fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers who have spent several months away from their homes. It’s not been a particular good time for FIFO with lockdown impositions describe as ‘house arrest’ by some. Will the disruption seen this year have an effect on this mode of work in future? And will it deter new entrants to the industry? We look at the future for FIFO in Australia.

Also in this issue, we track the history of the Argyll diamond mine, examine data science’s place in the future of mining, and learn about cobalt mining projects in Australia.  

Plus, we delve into mining’s place in bilateral trade agreements, explore the cost of climate inaction to Australian mining, speak to branding experts to find out more about the strategy that goes into a mining company re-brand, and find out how the Australia mining industry got to be the country’s most profitable sector.