Minerals Council Of Australia

Drinking on the job: what is acceptable?

Lucy Carroll and Philip Ly It's been years since Mad Men-style drinking was tolerated on the job, but in workplaces across Australia there remains a wide variation in where, when and how much alcohol is allowed.

Black mark for clean brown coal

Brown coal.

Tom Arup The Victorian government has quietly reclaimed a brown coal allocation in the Latrobe Valley.

No race to bottom in mining wages: Labor

Federal Labor MP Andrew Leigh says the government won't be supporting a race to the bottom on wages after a new report said the mining industry faces some of the highest labour costs in the world.

State royalties to cost more than mining tax - report

Mitchell Hooke

Lenore Taylor INCREASES in royalties charged by conservative state governments will cost many mining companies more in the short term than the minerals resource rent tax, the industry's peak body says.

Increased state role has Greens worried

Aboriginal traditional pwners at James Price Point in the Kimberley protesting against the development of a gas hub on their land.

Conservationists are fond of pointing out that if state governments had kept sole charge of environmental protection, there would be oil rigs over the Great Barrier Reef, a dam across the Franklin...

Australian coal mining threatens CO2 target


Tom Arup The forecast expansion of Australian coal mining and exports would be the world's second-largest contributor of new carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels if fully realised, research by...

PM tells miners they don't own minerals

Julia Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned the mining industry Australians want and deserve a share of the nation's resources boom and reminded its leaders they don't "own" the minerals in ground.

Boom is not yours, PM tells miners

Julia Gillard

Mark Baker, Canberra PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has bluntly warned the mining industry that mineral resources belong to all Australians and Labor is determined to spread the benefits of the boom to working people.

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Gillard takes on mining bosses

Julia Gillard

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has left Australia's mining bosses with no doubt her government will not be backing away from the controversial minerals resource rent tax, due to kick in from July.

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Miners shovel dirt on unions' labour campaign

Special Minister of State Gary Gray comments on the salaries of Federal Members of Parliament during a news conference at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 15 December 2011.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Phillip Coorey THE mining sector has slammed a trade union campaign railing against the use of temporary skilled migration as racist and nonsensical.

Labor finds mining mates in job ads

The mining industry says it wants workers with specific skills.

Katharine Murphy Resources giants to begin new ad campaign in support of a Gillard government policy.

Mining tax case a 'risk' to budget

Colin Brinsden The federal government budget risks falling into a heap if Fortescue Metals Group is successful in its High Court challenge against Labor's mining tax, according to the opposition.

Watchdog challenges carbon claims

David Wroe The consumer watchdog has taken on some of the nation's most powerful business bodies over their claims that power prices would rise by up to 20 per cent in the next year because of the carbon tax.

Women 'miss out' in mining boom


Scott Hannaford The mining boom may be pouring billions into the Australian economy, but it appears to be leaving women behind.

Mining sets a low for wage parity

Scott Hannaford The challenges of trying to juggle fly in, fly out work, young families and remote locations with little childcare are among the factors giving mining the unenviable tag of the worst sector in the...

Mining group in Games ad battle

Georgina Robinson The notorious battlefield that is Olympic-year advertising last night threatened to ensnare the golden girl of Australian track cycling, Anna Meares.

Forrest's tax claim piles pressure on Gillard

Prime Minster Julia Gillard

Phillip Coorey PRESSURE is building on the Gillard government to release the figures supplied to it by the minerals giants that were used to underpin its mining tax revenue forecasts of $11.

Coalition vows to claw back super rises


Phillip Coorey THE Coalition has vowed to take back superannuation increases granted to workers as part of its promise to rescind the mining tax.

Mining tax escapes Gillard's year of decision and delivery

Julia Gillard

Phillip Coorey THE mining tax has escaped Julia Gillard's declaration that 2011 will be a year of decision and delivery with the government not confident the legislation will even pass the lower house before the...

Anticarbon tax message is 'unfair'


Lenore Taylor THE secretary of the Department of Climate Change has accused industry groups of making unfair comparisons in their multi-million dollar television and print advertising campaign which describes...