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Mining regulation in Australia: an opinion piece by Mitch Hooke.

Twenty years ago mining was rightly or wrongly regarded as the neighbour from hell. We weren’t engaged with the community or appropriately aligned with many of the key principles of sustainable development. But what a difference two decades have made. In the past 20 years there has been a fundamental change in the minerals resources industry’s approach to the way it operates and a top-to-bottom embrace of the triple bottom line.

MCA - QUARTERLY ECONOMIC BRIEF • WINTER 2012

The global economy weakened in the June quarter 2012, lowering prospects for recovery of advanced economies and reducing growth projections in emerging economies. The IMF now forecasts global growth of 3.5% in 2012 with financial market and sovereign stress in Europe remaining focal points of downside risk.

BUSINESS TAX WORKING GROUP DISCUSSION PIECE

The Minerals Council of Australia will examine in detail the proposals outlined in the Discussion Paper released by the Business Tax Working Group (BTWG) today. The MCA remains to be convinced that this is anything other than a second-rate process of supposed tax reform. By its design, it is a game of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the business community, one that appears slanted towards increasing the tax burden on the resources industry.

Annual Environment and Communities Seminar

These presentation were made at the Annual MCA Victorian Division Environment and Communities Seminar held in Bendigo on Tuesday 24th July.  Our thanks to the excellent speakers who have made these presentations available.

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