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Australia’s failure to recognise the wider causes and impact of global trade tensions between China and the US is allowing China to snare the lion’s share of the opportunities emerging in the rapid growth of Africa, Resolute Mining chief John Welborn has warned.

Global gold major Gold Fields’ CEO Nick Holland has given his fellow miners a big spray on a number of issues he says could be hiding the true state of a declining world gold sector

African mining leaders travel to annual Perth forum to argue for increased Australian investment, improved security and wider engagement between the two continents.

Australia is the current foreign frontrunner in big Chinese gold miner Zhaojin’s bid to double production to 1.3Moz pa in the next 5-8 years

Fortescue Metals Group’s push to raise the proportion of higher-grade products in its Pilbara iron ore production have helped it achieve record net profit for FY19. John Feary reports

It’s a trend that has been emerging for some months and, based on his conversations with brokers, analysts and fund managers at Diggers & Dealers in Kalgoorlie, leading mining sector commentator Ross Louthean suspects that traditional IPOs of early stage exploration projects are heading for the dust bin.

The soaring gold price provided a dazzling background for OceanaGold as it outlined its global exploration activity to the Diggers & Dealers mining forum at Kalgoorlie in Australia. Ross Louthean reports

Gold price momentum has made it a memorable finish for Australia’s most significant and popular annual mining forum. Veteran mining commentator Ross Louthean reports from the final Diggers & Dealers function in Kalgoorlie.

It’s been said there has not been a new government in Australia over 20 years that did not come to power pledging to cut through red tape, yet somehow the bureaucratic burden keeps getting heavier. Leading resources commentator Ross Louthean reports on one of the most forthright speakers at the Diggers & Dealers mining forum, Westgold Resources MD Peter Cook.

Rio Tinto Exploration points to the use of the application of drones, hyperspectral imaging and new data input among the sophisticated techniques that will be needed to reverse the collapse in exploration in Australia and around the world. Ross Louthean reports from Diggers & Dealers in Kalgoorlie.