Chile’s Copper Royalty Reform

By Jay Leary The Chilean government have announced the introduction of a tax reform bill that will introduce a new royalty system payable by copper miners. This bill contains a variable royalty rate, dependent on the quantity of copper sold. Rates could increase to as high as 32% depending on the price of copper. Given … Read more

Queensland State Coal Royalties: Out of step with all other jurisdictions

By Jay Leary To the great surprise of all within the industry, the Queensland government has announced significant changes to the royalty regime for coal. The changes end what has otherwise been a stable period of royalty policy nationally. The royalty changes proposed are well out of step with other jurisdictions and display a deep … Read more

The future of mining – The green revolution’s sharp end

By Jay Leary Mining is a significant driver in the advancement of communities. As the world begins its slow transition to decarbonisation, the production of green technology needs to significantly increase and mining plays a central role in this revolution. To produce the items needed to transition, the world needs to supercharge the production of … Read more

Saudi strategy will make KSA a mining hub, industry pundits believe

Saudi Arabia has in recent years been under scrutiny as a major player in the oil-based carbon economy, but it is now drawing praise for its strategic shift towards the discovery and extraction of minerals and metals. In an online media session to discuss the implications of the Kingdom’s new mining regime, global industry leaders … Read more

Rio Tinto has few options to save Serbia lithium mine, none good

Rio Tinto has only bad options as it tries to salvage its $2.4 billion Serbian lithium project after the country’s leaders bowed to environmentalists and cancelled it last week. The Anglo-Australian miner could sue the government, a step likely to fail and further antagonise Belgrade, or bet that pro-mining politicians emerge victorious in April parliamentary … Read more

What you need to know about directors’ duties and ESG

ESG presents complex and multifaceted issues for energy and resources companies, including heightened scrutiny on boards. In this article, we break down the key things you need to consider from an ESG perspective when discharging directors' duties. Read more

A miner’s guide to novel claims

Litigation is increasingly being used to pursue climate outcomes. In this article, we shed light on trends we're seeing unfold in the novel claims space, and what you need to consider in mitigating risks for your business. Read more

COP26: What can we expect for the mining sector?

The UN Climate Change Conference is expected to accelerate ambitious net zero commitments and emissions reduction targets. This article sets out the key issues mining companies should consider in the lead up to the conference. Read more