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Mark Vaile

Activist target Whitehaven Coal suffers first strike

Close to 40 per cent of investors voted against the coal miner’s remuneration report as the battle with activist investor Bell Rock continues to rage.

  • 22 mins ago
  • Aaron Patrick and Peter Ker
The price of lithium has fallen 30 per cent in a fortnight.

Lithium hopeful Azure Minerals strikes $1.63b sale to Chile’s SQM

Azure’s board has accepted an offer of $3.50 per share, a staggering 54 per cent higher than SQM’s first approach.

  • 1 hr ago
  • Elouise Fowler
Pilbara Minerals chief executive Dale Henderson.

Pilbara Minerals shelves special dividend as lithium price dips

Lithium producer Pilbara Minerals reported a 42 per cent drop in revenue after dips in price and production last quarter.

  • Brad Thompson


The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia says federal environmental reforms will unfairly target the state.

Critical minerals projects ‘at risk from Labor environment plan’

Investment and jobs in Western Australia’s resources sector are at risk from the Albanese government’s environmental protection laws, industry warns.

  • Tom Rabe
Mark Vaile

Whitehaven accuses Bell Rock of controlling twice the shares it claims

But the Takeovers Panel has declined a request from the coal miner to disqualify votes cast by the hedge fund at its annual meeting scheduled for Thursday.

  • Peter Ker
Mineral Resources managing director 
 Chris Ellison.

MinRes blames ‘manipulation’ for fall in lithium prices

The company is producing more of the battery ingredient from two key mines in Western Australia, but that output is fetching much lower prices.

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  • Brad Thompson

This Month

Lynas’ rare earths are pretty in pink.

Malaysian government gives Lynas Rare Earths green light on refinery

The Malaysian government’s reprieve comes as the US and its allies seek to break China’s grip on strategic materials.

  • Elouise Fowler
LME-tracked stockpiles of the metal — needed both for the energy transition as well as mainstay, old-economy needs — jumped to the highest since October 2021 last week.

Copper touches lowest since November as demand outlook darkens

Prices for the metal slumped as much as 1.2 per cent in London before clawing back to be little changed.

  • Mark Burton and Annie Lee
Gina Rinehart and her company Hancock Prospecting, started by her father Lang (far right), is defending claims to its Hope Downs iron ore tenement in the Pilbara from Wright Prospecting, started by Peter Wright (left).

Old diary entry casts doubt over lucrative claim to Hancock mining assets

An 18-year-old diary entry from a former Wright Prospecting executive has cast doubt over a billionaire family’s claim to ownership and lucrative royalties flowing from one of Gina Rinehart’s Pilbara mines.

  • Tom Rabe
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping are in the midst of a decoupling or derisking phase.

Graphite stocks surge as Beijing opens new frontier in trade war

China, the world’s top graphite producer and exporter, has slapped export controls on the commodity crucial for EVs and defence applications.

  • Elouise Fowler
Mineral Resources managing director 
 Chris Ellison.

Ellison eyes new lithium prize near Albemarle joint venture

There is a new target on Mineral Resources’ radar, as Albemarle weighs up its next move after walking away from Liontown.

  • Brad Thompson
The Lynas Rare Earths Ltd. processing plant in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Lynas to temporarily shut and upgrade Malaysia operations

The world’s biggest supplier of rare earths outside of China is set to conduct planned shutdown of Malaysia operations, as it awaits court decision.

  • Elouise Fowler
Rio Tinto iron ore boss Simon Trott and Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Michael Woodley outside the former Victoria Hotel in Roebourne on Friday.

Rio Tinto in solar farm deal with Forrest foes

Rio Tinto is looking to a traditional owner group at war with Andrew Forrest to supply renewable energy to its iron ore operations.

  • Brad Thompson
Spodumene concentrate prior to loading, at the Pilgangoora Project, in the Pilbara region, Western Australia, on April 18, 2023. Spodumene is a crystalline powder that is about six percent lithium.

Battery metal prices collapse on supply glut, cool Chinese EV demand

The price of lithium, Australia’s sixth most valuable mining export, has fallen 63 per cent since the beginning of the year.

  • Elouise Fowler
Rio Tinto iron ore boss Simon Trott.

Rio opens door to working with POSCO on green iron plant in Pilbara

POSCO is studying the feasibility of using green hydrogen to power a hot briquette iron plant near Port Hedland.

  • Brad Thompson
Western Australia is in a lithium investment boom.

Mining magnate Chris Ellison seals critical mineral merger

Lithium hopeful Essential Metals will merge with an established copper miner as Australia’s tycoons vie for control of the country’s battery-metal assets. 

  • Elouise Fowler
More mine supply is expected to push the lithium market into a surplus next year and help soften prices.

Chilean copper giant in first lithium deal with $385m ASX takeover

Lithium Power International has sold itself to state-owned Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile for $385 million.

  • Elouise Fowler
Glencore is closing its copper mines but will keep its copper smelter in Mt Isa open.

Glencore to shed 1200 jobs and shut Mount Isa copper mines by 2025

Swiss mining giant Glencore is set to announce it will close its three underground copper mines in Mount Isa by the second half of 2025.

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  • Mark Ludlow
Former CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall says Andrew Forrest is Australia’s greatest entrepreneur.

Fortescue ‘on track’ to achieve 2030 decarbonisation target

New board member Larry Marshall says he is convinced the company will achieve its goal, as it seeks to become a major supplier of prototype technology and machinery.

  • Brad Thompson
Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting spent three weeks hoovering up Liontown Resources stock. Bidder Albemarle Corporation is now gone.

Albemarle’s Liontown retreat is not your normal deal-gone-sour story

Albemarle has bolted and in its place is a prickly 19.9 per cent shareholder. Welcome to the next chapter in the Liontown Resources drama.

  • Anthony Macdonald