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(MINING THE MOON)
Scientists and engineers will undoubtedly resolve many technical challenges to achieve humanity’s return to the moon (even if a fuel leak has prevented its first two planned launches). However, the legal and political challenges of mining the moon may be more difficult.

(CORPORATE)
Independent directors of Turquoise Hill Resources have given their unanimous backing to a revised $3.3B bid that would result in Rio Tinto gaining a direct 66% stake in Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine.

(LITIGATION)
Explorer Argonaut Resources is seeking urgent talks with the South Australian government after a native title group won a court order blocking its exploration of a potentially major copper-gold project in the centre of the state.

(CORPORATE)
Global miner Rio Tinto comes back to the table with an increased cash bid for full ownership of subsidiary Turquoise Hill and a direct 66% control of the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia.

(DEVELOPMENT)
Three months after the Queensland state government hit them with a shock increase in coal royalty taxes to the highest global rates, it is coming under even more pressure from the outraged miners, developers and explorers in Australia’s premier coal jurisdiction.

(EXPLORATION)
Surprise move drives West Australian explorer Metalicity into the rapidly emerging battery materials sector, with agreement to acquire a significantly underexplored lithium-tantalum-rare earths prospect near Cairns in north Queensland.

(EXPLORATION)
Australian company New Age Exploration will be targeting the epicentre of New Zealand’s gold rush of the 1860s after gaining approval to explore an area in Marlborough encompassing four significant gold-tungsten occurrences.

(COMMENTARY)
Australian mining and investment leaders welcome their position in the global commodity "sweet spot" by producing the commodities in demand for a world transitioning to low carbon.

(COMMENTARY)
Globally renowned economist and author Dr Dambisa Moyo has told Australian mining leaders that the corporate world has a key role to play in an orderly global transition to a low-carbon future.

(MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS)
Newcrest Mining appeals to Australian explorers at the annual Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum for more junior explorers to bring their drill-stage projects to the nation's biggest gold producer.

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