Australia

Clive Palmer and Al Gore team up in a remarkable day for carbon in Australia

Yesterday was a remarkable day here for carbon-related issues. Clive Palmer has substantially changed position. He won’t support Direct Action – he says that it ‘is a waste of money’. Nor will he support the abolition of various key existing … Continue reading

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Filed under Al Gore, Australia, Carbon, Carbon Tax, Climate Change, Clive Palmer, Emissions Trading Scheme, Energy, ETS, Mining, Politics

Australia-Korea FTA concluded

On 5 December 2013, Australia and South Korea concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Trade with South Korea was valued at AU$31.9 billion in 2012, making Korea Australia’s fourth biggest two-way trading partner (following China, Japan and the … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Korea, Tarrifs, Trade

Qld: Draft Qld Ports Strategy proposes to concentrate port development in QLD to 5 key port areas

The Queensland Government released its draft Ports Strategy on Thursday 17 October 2013. The draft Ports Strategy proposes to: declare that Brisbane, Mackay / Hay Point (in 2 separate zones), Gladstone, Townsville and Abbot Point ports will be the 5 … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Mineral Resources, Mining, Ports, Queensland

A strange thing happened at Africa Downunder

A strange thing happened at the annual Africa Downunder conference in Perth last week, and it had nothing to do with the record attendance of more than 2,500 delegates from Australian and overseas mining companies, service providers, financiers and governments. … Continue reading

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Filed under Africa, Africa Downunder conference, Australia, Herbert Smith Freehill Mining, Mining, Resources

AFP gives insight on Australian anti-bribery laws

In a climate of aggressive enforcement of foreign bribery, both in Australia and overseas, many companies are questioning the precise scope and application of foreign bribery laws and what kinds of actions they should be taking to minimise their risk … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Australian anti-bribery laws, Bribery, Economy, International, Ramzi Jabbour

CSG: The state of play in Victoria

In recent weeks, the approach to coal seam gas (CSG) mining in Victoria has been explored and debated both in the Victorian Parliament and out in the farming lands of the State. Recent Developments In moves to understand how better … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Coal Seam Gas, Energy, Petroleum, Resources, Victoria

Mauritius paves the way for Australian route into Africa

We have previously blogged about Africa’s importance to Australian mining , and the vast amount of resources work going on in the region – but how can you get your foot in the door? On Monday night we attempted to … Continue reading

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Mining M&A continues to surge

by Simon Reed, Partner, Perth Looking back at the public M&A activity in the last 6 months, the mining and energy sectors clearly stand out accounting for almost half of all deals. But what does this all mean? What do … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Mergers and Acquisition, Mining

Anti-bribery and the mining push into developing countries

2011 was an active year for law enforcers on the foreign bribery and corruption front. Australian business found itself in a new era – where law enforcers around the world have been pursuing bribery and corruption issues with renewed vigour … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Bribery, Regulation, UK

National harmonisation of safety laws gathers momentum

The New Year is here. The year of harmonised national safety laws.  The harmonisation process is well underway with the goal of achieving balanced and nationally consistent safety laws becoming ever closer after five jurisdictions recently enacted the Model Work … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, Health, OHS