What do you rate as the most serious issue currently facing the mining industry in Australia? The state of global affairs, commodity prices or the emergence of disruptive technology, perhaps?

Mining has been a big part of Australia’s history and economic development since the mid-1800s, with the regulatory landscape only beginning to catch up relatively recently, especially when it comes to rehabilitation and environmental considerations. 

It has been a prolonged and frustrating drought, but the long-sought turning point for those working with nickel may finally be around the corner.

Ongoing and sophisticated greenfield mineral exploration is vital to the longevity of the mining industry, yet nationally Australia’s mining sector is experiencing a chronic shortage in greenfield investment and the discoveries it has the potential to uncover, according to Western Services Principal Dr Jon Hronsky.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Greenland?

Working in mining is like playing a team sport, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers Managing Consultant Andrew Talbot.

Assuming the reigns of the World Gold Council (WGC) in January 2009 amidst the worst global economic collapse since the Great Depression, Aram Shishmanian knew he was in for an interesting ride.

Australian mining sits at a crossroads when it comes to innovation and efficiency improvement, according to Schneider Electric Pacific Zone President and Managing Director Gareth O’Reilly.

The very concept of work is being redefined due to changing workforce demographics and rapid advancements in technology, and the Australian mining industry is no exception.

When he retired at the age of 40, Simon Ashton had reached the peak in more ways than one.

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