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This document reveals ancient secrets of the land, but until now the knowledge was locked from its people

January 01 2021

The map shows an ancient, buried river underneath the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, but its technical language made it "inaccessible" to the community until now.

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Apache 'Mount Sinai' under threat from planned Rio Tinto-BHP mine

January 01 2021

Rio Tinto promised "never again" after the destruction of ancient Aboriginal rock shelters at Juukan Gorge, but now it wants to mine sacred Apache land in the US and investors are concerned little has changed within the company since it appointed an insider as its new boss.

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First trapped miner rescued after spending 14 days trapped underground.

January 01 2021

A miner has been rescued from a gold mine in northern China after spending 14 days underground. Twenty-two miners were trapped in the Hushan mine, with one confirmed dead and 11 unable to make contact with rescue teams. Read More


Brazilian state refuses miner's offer of 'crumbs' over dam disaster that killed hundreds

January 01 2021

The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais issues a 10-day ultimatum for a better Vale SA settlement offer over the 2019 Brumadinho dam disaster that killed around 270 people.

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Industry in Western Australia is flat out, but where are the workers?

January 01 2021

WA regional manufacturers are "turning down orders" while crying out for more skilled workers and building them temporary homes.

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Clive Palmer's Queensland coal mine plan poses 'significant risks' to Great Barrier Reef

January 01 2021

A committee of Commonwealth-appointed scientific experts has expressed "extreme concern" about businessman Clive Palmer's proposed central Queensland coal mine, saying the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area just 10 kilometres away could not be safeguarded.

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Spectacular blast at massive gold mine shifts a million tonnes in 25 seconds

January 01 2021

A spectacular blast rocks one of Australia's biggest gold mines as the co-owners of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's Super Pit try to execute a seamless transition amid a $16 billion merger.

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As hydraulic fracturing gears up in the outback, scientists are monitoring potential earthquakes

January 01 2021

The cause of tremors near fracking sites remains a mystery in Australia due to a lack of data. Now, as the Federal Government and gas companies target the NT's Beetaloo Basin for fracking, scientists are preparing to answer some seismic questions.

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BHP, Glencore and Anglo American face OECD investigation over Colombian coal mine

January 01 2021

The OECD is set to investigate alleged human rights abuses and serious environmental pollution at Cerrejon, one of the world's biggest coal mines.

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'We wish the rescuers won't stop': miners trapped underground for more than a week send note to surface

January 01 2021

After days without signs of life, rescuers hear knocking sounds and later receive a hand-written note from the gold miners trapped underground in China, who ask for medication and warn they are surround by water.

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Port town a step closer to actually having a port for the first time 50 years

January 01 2021

Port Augusta hasn't had a working port in half a century, but that's set to change now that the SA Government has approved a development on the site of a demolished power station.

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'I'll just have some Australian, thanks': Coal exports remain strong despite China ban

January 01 2021

Despite China's ban on Australian coal, exports from Australia's busiest port of Newcastle have seen only a slight dip with a cold northern winter driving up global demand.

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Merger of Super Pit co-owners approved creating world's eighth-biggest gold miner

January 01 2021

Shareholders have approved a $16 billion merger between the co-owners of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's Super Pit gold mine, consolidating it under one owner for the first time since mining began there 128 years ago.

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Secret emails reveal mine plan for 'Australia's largest untouched deposit of uranium' approved before 2019 election

January 01 2021

Secret documents accessed by the ABC show a massive uranium mine planned for a remote part of WA — which experts say will cause the extinction of a species — was approved just days before the 2019 election after relentless pressure from the foreign mining company.

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New $13k levy to be charged for each shipload of Australia's most important export

January 01 2021

A buyback of dust-affected home in the Pilbara town of Port Hedland will be funded through a levy on every iron ore export out of the town.

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