West Australian

Barnett may withhold coal export permit (The West Australian)

Premier Colin Barnett has threatened to refuse to issue an export permit for coal in a bid to safeguard WA’s energy security in the wake of Wesfarmers’ sale of Collie’s Premier Coal mine to a Chinese company unless supply to Government-owned

ASX slumps on global fears

About $30b was wiped off the value of shares after the Australian sharemarket plunged more than 2.5 per cent mid-session after big falls on Wall Street amid global economic uncertainty.

Production halted at platinum mine

Platinum Australia shares fell after production was halted at the miner's flagship Smokey Hills operation in South Africa, amid community dissent.

Rolling stoppages at BHP mines all week (AAP)

Strike action involving 4000 BHP employees has nothing to do with money, a union boss says. Workers employed at seven BHP mines in Queensland will walk off the job this week after enterprise bargaining negotiations stalled.

SOS to WA mine sector

WA's resources sector has been issued an SOS from the nation's steel and manufacturing industries to ramp up investment in Australian products to prevent thousands of more jobs going offshore.

ASX plunge wipes out $30 billion

The Australian sharemarket has plunged nearly 3 per cent at the open wiping about $30 billion off the value of shares after renewed fears for the global economy sent global markets tumbling overnight.

Rio Tinto agrees to union collective agreement first time in 20 years

Mining union members have approved a three-year collective agreement with Rio Tinto, ending two decades of union exclusion from the company's Pilbara operations.

Workers deserve their share of the wealth, too

Employer groups should be handing out concrete umbrellas to their members, given how often they predict the sky is about to fall in. First, the mining tax would ruin us, more recently a carbon price would do us in.

VDM wins BHP nickel job

Contractor VDM Group has signed a $40 million contract with BHP Billiton at its Kambalda nickel operations.VDM's Perth-based subsidiary Cape Crushing and Earthmoving Contractors will handle the five years of work at the Kambalda Nickel Concentrator.The

Pilbara workers reject $190,000 pay offer

Forklift drivers, crane operators and other waterside workers in the North West have gone on strike, rejecting proposed salary packages of more than $190,000 a year.As unions flex their muscles across the Pilbara, Maritime Union of Australia members

$190,000 forklift drivers (The West Australian)

Forklift drivers, crane operators and other waterside workers in the North West have gone on strike, rejecting proposed salary packages of more than $190,000 a year.As unions flex their muscles across the Pilbara, Maritime Union of Australia members

Size can matter with carbon tax

It’s become colloquially known as ‘Carbon Sunday’ after the ALP bucked traditional trend, announcing its carbon tax to the nation on a Sunday, ahead of a five-week parliamentary break.

Star sells Rio’s sparklers to China

Most Australians have never heard her name, but WA's biggest diamond producer hopes Hong Kong celebrity Louisa So Yuk Wa will help launch it into one of the world's fastest-growing jewellery markets.

First return to tragic New Zealand mine

The first delicate step in re-entering New Zealand’s Pike River Coal mine began today, as one of the mine’s survivors returned to work underground.The gas levels have been coming down inside the West Coast mine over the past couple of weeks.

Iron ore bonus to go east: Swan

Wayne Swan has threatened to blow a $2 billion hole in the Barnett Government's plan to lift royalty rates on iron ore miners, with every cent raised by the move likely to end up with other States and Territories.The Commonwealth Grants Commission has