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Western Australia’s government hopes its workers will look away from the mining sector towards industries like tourism and health. Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Western Australia’s economic future remains uncertain after the mining boom: study

Mining will continue to be a dominant force in Western Australia's future but the health sector is the more likely to deliver jobs and growth than tourism or agriculture, new research shows.
The Australian system allows for fuel excise exemptions for off-road usage by the mining industry and by primary producers. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Estimating the ‘cost’ of fuel tax credits is a tricky business

Critics of Australia's fuel tax credits system have pointed to its impact on the budget bottom line, but calculating that cost is far from straightforward.
Mineral processing tailings are pumped into a storage facility. Are there still valuable commodities in this waste?

Treasure from trash: how mining waste can be mined a second time

Identifying mine waste materials as economic resources will help support global demand for critical metals, boosting the mining industry during the downturn. All with environmental benefits.
Miners were fired by a sense of solidarity but also by dangerous working conditions, which produced high death and injury rates. Janet Lindenmuth/Flickr

Coal and industrial relations: how miners secured workers’ rights

Miners were among the first workers to organise into trade unions from the middle of the 1700s, battling a lack of legal recognition and resistance from the mine owners.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Election 2016: the issues in non-metropolitan Australia

What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.

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