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Month: February 2014

Mining & Resources

Australian mining productivity key to success

Australia's productivity problem is causing the country's miners to lose ground to international competitors, Deloitte has argued. In the organisation's Tracking the Trends 2014 report, several areas of improvement for Australian companies were highlighted. According to Deloitte, the cost of building new iron ore capacity jumped from $100 per tonne in 2007 to $195 per…

5 Feb 2014, by Informa Insights

Mining & Resources

Is the nickel industry facing the biggest shake-up in recent history?

In a much debated ruling, the Indonesian government in January went through with its plan to ban the export of unprocessed ores. While the administration had first stated its plans for a raw materials export ban in 2009, the announcement had largely been ignored by many miners in the hope the plans would follow the…

4 Feb 2014, by Informa Insights

Mining & Resources

Close-Up: Jim Beyer

Mount Gibson Iron Limited is an independent producers of high quality direct shipping grade iron ore products. The company operates three mines and established port and rail transport solutions throughout Western Australia. The company's CEO, Jim Beyer will be speaking at the 2014 Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast conference, to be held on the 11-12…

4 Feb 2014, by Informa Insights

Mining & Resources

NSW government unveils ‘restrictive’ CSG reforms

The NSW government has finalised new CSG reforms, but proponents of natural gas development have called them restrictive and damaging to business. Deputy premier Andrew Stoner, minister for planning and infrastructure Brad Hazzard, and energy and resources minister Anthony Roberts announced the reforms, claiming they strike the right balance between communities and industry. "Today marks…

4 Feb 2014, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

The pantry to the welfare sector

In the last financial year Foodbank Australia has experienced an 11% increase in community groups seeking food assistance. In the lead-up to the National Emergency Relief Summit, we had the chance to speak to Gerry Andersen, CEO at Foodbank NSW about the reasons behind the rising demand, what families are most affected and the biggest…

4 Feb 2014, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

Prevention not punishment: Helping young offenders getting their life back on track

Trevor Summers is the program manager South West Youth Services (SWYS) at Mission Australia. We had the chance to speak to him about youth crime prevention, community education and the importance of collaboration between different stakeholders. Can you tell us about the Youth Crime Prevention Program (YCPP) and what led to the initiative? Trevor Summers:…

3 Feb 2014, by Informa Insights

Transport & Logistics

ARA calls for more rail engineering investment

Road congestion could drop by as much as 60 per cent by investing more money in rail engineering projects, an industry organisation has claimed. Research commissioned by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) suggested rail investment would be significantly cheaper than road-building initiatives and would achieve the same results. The data showed rail would cost 57…

3 Feb 2014, by Informa Insights

Mining & Resources

Strong oil activity helps Santos hit record revenues

Oil and gas firm Santos has revealed its best ever quarterly sales revenues - $1.1 billion for the final three months of 2013. The organisation said strong oil prices, solid third-party sales volumes and excellent oil production figures were the primary drivers of its improved performance. In Q4, Santos produced 13.1 million barrels of oil…

3 Feb 2014, by Informa Insights
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