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Abbot Point in northern Queensland (Photo: NQBPC)

Indian stakes in the Great Barrier Reef

By Mon, Mar 10, 2014 8:59PM UTC 2 Comments Abbot Point in northern Queensland (Photo: NQBPC)

Indian mining groups -  Adani and GVK-Hancock –  have not waivered to drop their stakes in the controversial Abbot Point Port terminals in Northern Queensland. The rest had already dropped the deal, including BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. Anglo American is the latest to announce it is walking away. BHP Billiton has formally withdrawn from the $5 billion worth of project as the preferred developer of...

Indonesia’s law on ore exports takes effect

By Sun, Jan 12, 2014 11:12AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian law banning the export of unprocessed minerals took effect Sunday. Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said the export ban is intended to add value to mineral exports by having them processed in Indonesia and create more jobs. The announcement that the law would take effect came late Saturday following...

Australia: Indigenous Queenslanders oppose river protection law

By Wed, Oct 02, 2013 6:02PM UTC Comments Off Wenlock River in Cape York is one of the river systems protected under Wild Rivers laws.

Times have changed in Cape York, Queensland. Traditional land owners have taken a step to support industrialisation over conservation of river systems. This week, the Federal Court announced it will rule some of the Wild Rivers laws invalid. Cape York traditional owners have pursued their case against Wild Rivers environmental laws to the Federal Court. The laws...

Environment group questions Apple link to controversial Bangka mines

By Sun, Aug 04, 2013 11:44AM UTC Comments Off The despicable condition of workers at a tin mine in Tanjung Pesona. (Photo: Ulet Ifansasti)

Do you trust your smartphone? Do you carry a brand using tin from the Bangka mining site? Friends of the Earth (FoE) Campaigns Coordinator Cam Walker said FoE Australia and FoE Indonesia have joined forces to support the drive to investigate the source of tin used by smartphone manufacturers in the wake of the controversial Bangka mining site in...

Australia: Mining tycoons ignore Cape York’s world heritage value

By Thu, Apr 25, 2013 7:02AM UTC Comments Off Aboriginal rock art (Photo: Supplied)

As the Federal Government released the report qualifying Cape York for UN World Heritage listing, the Queensland state government launched its political rhetoric to encourage local indigenous communities to support mining and to oppose the planned world heritage nomination. Cape York is a peninsula located at the northern tip of Queensland. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney promised indigenous people a stake...

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