Iron country: Unlocking the Pilbara

In Iron country: Unlocking the Pilbara, David Lee charts Australia’s modern iron age from the lifting of the iron ore export embargo in the early 1960s to the China boom of the early twenty-first century.


In this MCA Monograph, Chris Richardson (one of Australia’s best known economists) delves into the official figures that drove the 2010 mining tax debate.

New Publication: From Conflict to Co-operation by Professor Marcia Langton

A new MCA monograph, written by Professor Marcia Langton charts the transformation in engagement between the minerals industry and Indigenous Australians over the past two decades.

Australia’s competitiveness: Reversing the slide

Since the turn of the century, Australia’s competitiveness has collapsed, contributing to the economy’s rate of growth falling below potential. Over this time, Australia has experienced an unprecedented mining boom which sustained income growth and minimised the macroeconomic impact of the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008-09, greatly assisted by the flexibility of the exchange rate and strong trade ties to Asia, most notably China.1 However, the fact that Australia has not fared as badly as many other advanced economies since then has bred complacency in policy circles about the need to address a persistent competitiveness problem.

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