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Australian government moving closer to mining profits tax legislation

Australia moved closer to introducing a contentious 30 percent mining tax being eyed by other countries, releasing draft laws and seeking reaction from resource companies to legislation expected to be passed later this year. The government unveiled the mining tax over a year ago but modified its plan before last August' s elections after global miners including BHP Billiton , Rio Tinto , and Xstrata launched a public campaign against it. Big miners and minority lawmakers are now broadly supportive and the legislation is expected to pass parliament and take effect on July 1, 2012.

Ivanhoe says Oyu Tolgoi construction 23% complete

Robert Friedland, Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN)(NYSE:IVN)(NASDAQ:IVN), issued an operations update today that reports on progress being achieved on the development of principal projects in the portfolios of the parent company and its subsidiaries and associated interests. Key developments: Full-scale construction at Ivanhoe Mines' flagship Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver mining complex is continuing toward a projected peak level of activity that is expected to be reached during the third quarter of this year. The total number of workers engaged at the Oyu Tolgoi construction site has more than doubled since March 1, 2011, as part of the build up to the peak of construction and currently stands at 12,497.

Two miners killed at Canadian nickel operation

Two workers died after they were hit by waste debris being removed from Brazilian miner Vale's (VALE5.SA) Stobie underground copper-nickel mine in Sudbury, Ontario, officials said on Thursday. The employees were working in a shaft about 1,000 metres below the surface on Wednesday evening when the accident occurred, and were dead when rescuers reached the scene, the company said.

Copper falls to one-week low

Bloomberg reports that copper fell to a one-week low. The market news is quoted as saying: Copper futures for July delivery declined 2.4 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $4.0845 a pound at 9:58 a.m. on the Comex in New York.

Strike weakens at Chile copper mine

Reuters reports that half of contractors in a strike at Chile's El Teniente mine have ended their strike. The market news is quoted as saying: Mine owner Codelco [CODEL.UL] expects to lift output to 51 percent capacity on Thursday after the world's top underground operation slowed production to 40 percent capacity over the weekend to protect staff workers amid escalating violence by protesters.

Capella discovers two new mineralization zones at Lajitas

Capella Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:KPS)(PINK SHEETS:CPSJF) is pleased to announce that it has discovered two new mineralization zones at its Lajitas gold-copper project in northern Chile as a result of the recently completed airborne hyperspectral imaging survey by SpecTIR LLC of Reno, Nevada.

Taseko invites public comment on proposed Prosperity Mine plan

Taseko Mines is inviting public discussion on its revised plan for developing a controversial gold-copper mine in British Columbia. Information on the project and a commentary section are found at http://www.newprosperityproject.ca. Taseko announced in February it is taking another run at Prosperity after the federal government rejected it last fall. Under the revisions, the company plans to spend another $300 million, pushing the project's capex to $1.1 billion. Image by Taseko Mines Ltd.