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Critical minerals billionaire says taxpayer loans not enough

Explorers want their share of the further $2 billion of taxpayers’ money pledged towards the critical minerals sector this week, while Chris Ellison says it’s not enough

  • Peter Ker and Brad Thompson
Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Western allies need to break China’s critical minerals monopoly

The US commerce secretary slams China’s inclination to cut off supplies to some countries, while Anthony Albanese says Australia can move up the value chain.

  • Andrew Tillett

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Australian ambassador to the US Kevin Rudd and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who is on a four-day official visit to the US.

Albanese doubles critical minerals subsidies to $4b

Cheap finance and loan guarantees will be available for miners keen to expand exports and tap into Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act schemes.

  • Andrew Tillett and Matthew Cranston
Resources Minister Madeleine King.

Critical minerals plan less work in progress than idea in germination

The Albanese government is keen to promote critical minerals and US cooperation as key to the energy transition and green manufacturing jobs.

  • Jennifer Hewett
Anthony Albanese hopes to kickstart AUKUS-related legislation during his trip to Washington.

The PM has two goals for this US trip

Encouraging US investment in Australia under the Inflation Reduction Act and ensuring Congress passes AUKUS legislation will be the focus for Anthony Albanese.

  • Andrew Tillett
Liontown Resources chairman Tim Goyder.

Deal off, game on: The battle for Liontown is just beginning

It’s exactly one year since Albemarle made the first of four bids to acquire Liontown. Now they’re gone, and the game starts again for a cast of big characters.

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  • Peter Ker and Andrew Turner
Biden Albanese

Congress squabbling hangs over Albanese’s US visit

Wrangling over the US speakership is delaying plans to finalise Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s program for his trip to America, which includes lobbying for AUKUS.

  • Andrew Tillett

Liontown’s $1.18b rescue awaits Rinehart’s endorsement

Australia’s four biggest banks and two government lenders have helped lithium star Liontown out of a funding hole.

  • Peter Ker
Resources Minister Madeleine King says the critical minerals list will be redefined.

Australia’s critical minerals list set for a major rethink

Coking coal and iron ore could be added to Australia’s critical minerals list under a definitional change hinted at by Resources Minister Madeleine King that bucks the global trend.

  • Peter Ker

Why BHP is against ‘sugar hit’ subsidies for critical minerals

BHP boss Mike Henry says governments will stoke investment more sustainably through policy reform than by handing out subsidies that distort markets.

  • Peter Ker
Rio Tinto chairman Dominic Barton.

Rio Tinto ready for smaller, riskier projects in green energy hunt

Chairman Dominic Barton says the mining giant will widen the net in its search for materials for the energy transition.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Western Australia is in the midst of a lithium investment boom.

Can brains disrupt Australia’s lithium mining brawn?

Some of the world’s biggest and smallest companies reckon technology can disrupt Australia’s lithium boom by unlocking vast new supplies and crushing prices.

  • Peter Ker
Former BHP chief financial officer Peter Beaven who is now in a battery recycling start up.

Why this former BHP exec now runs a battery recycling start-up

Former BHP finance boss Peter Beaven says Australia must become more competitive or risk losing start-ups like his new battery metals recycling play.

  • Peter Ker
Lynas’ rare earths are pretty in pink.

Ellison-backed rare earths play misses interim Chinese deal deadline

Shares in VHM, which is exploring in Victoria, fell more than 55 per cent after listing on the ASX in January. It remains in discussions with Shenghe.

  • Elouise Fowler and Peter Ker
Shaun Verner is the chief executive of Syrah Resources.

Graphite to surge, Syrah and Talga the best bet for investors: UBS

UBS said automakers will turn graphite for cheaper electric vehicle batteries, driving up the price and supporting two ASX-listed miners.

  • Elouise Fowler


China accounts for more than half the world’s production of battery metals including lithium (photo), cobalt and manganese, and as much as 100 per cent of rare earths.

China’s grip on critical minerals draws warnings at IEA gathering

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told a closed-door meeting of government officials in Paris that energy security is poised to become increasingly complex.

  • Joe Deaux
BHP CEO Mike Henry.

Recycling is a must for the mining industry, BHP boss says

Mike Henry’s comments raise the question of whether BHP might follow Rio Tinto with a bigger investment in the scrap industry.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
French President Emmanuel Macron wants to secure critical minerals for his country’s green energy transition.

Macron woos Australia on critical minerals

Resources Minister Madeleine King has signed a pact with France to look at building secure supply chains from Australia to Europe.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
The bigger picture of the IRA, according to independent experts like Ross Garnaut, is that its “protectionist character is bad news for Australia”.

Don’t discriminate against China on critical minerals

The Albanese government’s geopolitically focused strategy risks losing out both on Chinese investment in mining and to the US on processing.

  • James Laurenceson
Lithium extraction in Australia, which dominates mining of the metal.

Billionaires v BHP in WA’s lithium power grab

No longer the speculative domain of evangelical retail shareholders, the lithium sector has won acceptance and trust from just about everyone except BHP.

  • Peter Ker and Elouise Fowler