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Nauru’s parliament would have been rebuilt in Queensland, but with less power. CdaMVvWgS/Wikimedia Commons

How the entire nation of Nauru almost moved to Queensland

In the 1960s, with the phosphate boom over and Nauru's economy in ruins, Australia offered to move the entire nation to Queensland's Curtis Island. But with no sovereignty on offer, the deal collapsed.
Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending “wilderness”. yophotography/flickr

Reimagining NSW: going beyond ‘wilderness’ and finding fresh ways to relate to our environment

Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending "wilderness". However, protected areas in themselves are not stemming the destruction of biodiversity.
Australian food exports, like beef, are regarded by Chinese buyers as clean and safe. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Agriculture could be the next boom for Australia

Australia's emerging agriculture boom can last much longer than the mining boom -- but the industry needs policies that will encourage investment.
Australia can expect expansion in sectors such as tourism, the health and financial services sectors, banking and securities. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

As the mining boom wanes, Australia pivots to services

Mining, along with agriculture, will continue to be key parts of the Australian economy -- but new growth is expected in the services sector.
As economic growth in China moderates, so will its demand for Australia’s raw materials. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Australia’s ‘five pillar economy’: mining

The mining boom is over and the industry is employing fewer workers -- but the outlook for mining in Australia seems generally good.
AAP/Alan Porritt

Competing interests and the crisis of governance

In comedy timing is everything. So, too, in politics. In good times governing is – or ought to be – pretty straightforward. How hard can it be to divide up the windfall gains from a mining boom, for example…
Together with the government, the banking sector could play a role in easing the transition for mining workers. Tony McDonough/AAP

HECS for the unemployed: a finance answer to mining’s decline

A decade of strong mining revenue growth has seen workers disproportionately located in the “mining states” of Queensland and Western Australia. With mining investment now waning, workers drawn by in the…
Infrastructure in the Pilbara is a mixture of private and public owned assets. AAP/Will Russell

As slowdown looms, Pilbara will need networks to thrive

The Pilbara has had a remarkable boom in recent years, but with the current slowdown comes questions about its long-term future. The need to diversify the local economy is obvious, but how do you do this…
WA’s mining boom has moved to the production phase, creating fresh challenges for the economy. AAP

Changing times: the economic policies WA needs now

One of biggest issues to be addressed in tomorrow’s WA Senate poll - and perhaps one of the most complex, too - is how best to maintain the state’s growth trajectory through the forthcoming period of transition…
The Rio Tinto’s Kestrel Mine, north-east of Emerald, Queensland, extended its operations as mining companies around Australia moved from developing new mines to turning on production. AAP/Rio Tinto

Mining construction takes big hit as sector moves to production

Declining commodity prices and high production costs are hampering investment in the mining industry, with new figures revealing…
Despite his electoral success earlier this year, WA premier Colin Barnett has suffered a string of economic blows - the latest being a credit rating downgrade and the rejection of his proposed raise in the GST. AAP/Theron Kirkman

GST rebuff and credit downgrade add to Barnett’s annus horribilis

2013 hasn’t been a good year for Western Australian premier Colin Barnett. Standard and Poor’s recent downgrade of his government’s credit rating continues a pattern. It is not an aberration. Barnett’s…
Resource tax reform could solve the problem of an ageing population. But is the current government brave enough to do it? Sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Ageing population and mining: a tale of two booms

In an unusual move, Mission Australia and the Business Council of Australia recently co-authored a piece calling for a mature and open conversation about tax reform. They join a chorus of voices, from…
Investing in libraries could be a good way to boost Australia’s economy. Library image from www.shutterstock.com

Forget mines: Rudd and Abbott should look to libraries to drive our next boom

The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported that information technology and biotech entrepreneurs are beginning to displace mining magnates at the top of the nation’s rich lists. Out goes resources tycoon…

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