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BHP Billiton delayed the
expansion of Olympic Dam and
cut staff numbers by 200 during
the Global Financial Crisis, a
leaked US embassy cable has
The cable, from the US
Consul General in Melbourne
to the Secretary of State in
Washington, also reveals
that neither BHP nor the
State Government believed
there would be much
community concern about the
environmental impact of the
The cable, part of the WikiLeaks
cache of material, was sent
following a visit by the Consul
General Michael E. Thurston to
the mine site in April 2009.
“BHP’s Manager for Integrated
Planning, Barry Hewlett
told Consul General that the
halving... Read more
Breastfeeding driver shock
A NEW Zealand woman has shocked fellow drivers by
breastfeeding a baby at the wheel of a moving car with three
young children in the back seat.
Police are attempting to track down the unidentified woman,
who was seen driving in a “highly dangerous” fashion by
another driver in Kamo, near Whangarei... Read more
Coles ‘brainwashing’ kids
PRIMARY school students have been offered
prizes for singing the Coles “prices are down”
jingle in presentations at schools by store
managers promoting the retailer’s multi-
million-dollar sports equipment program.
Child welfare advocates have accused the
supermarket of “brainwashing” students with
the marketing strategy, which has resulted in
more than 7500 schools around the country
signing up for the chance to get free sports
Read Simon Canning’s report in The
Industry targets Fair Work
THE Australian Industry Group will
push for greater flexible workplace
deals between workers and companies,
blaming Labor’s Fair Work Act for
lacklustre productivity and releasing
research showing strong business
support for a return of individual
Australian Industry Group chief
executive Heather Ridout will tell a
workplace conference that that parts
of the Fair Work laws are lacking and
should be overhauled. Read more
Blood cancer gene defect
PEOPLE at risk of developing blood cancers could be
identified more quickly thanks to the discovery of a new
type of inherited gene defect.
Researchers from South Australia have... Read more
Olympic Dam insights
from WikiLeaks cable
Labor in asylum free-fall
SUPPORT for the federal government’s management of asylum seekers
has collapsed, a new poll shows.
The latest Newspoll done for The Australian newspaper found 78 per
cent of respondents rated Labor’s handling of the issue as “bad”.
This is an increase on the 53 per cent recorded by Newspoll in November 2009.
The poll was conducted over the weekend in the wake of the High Court
ruling that scuttled Labor’s Malaysian people swap deal last week.
Just 12 per cent of voters rated Labor as the best party to... Read more
Adelaide Uni top 100
ADELAIDE University has regained a spot in the top 100
universities in the QS World University Rankings released today.
Adelaide Uni climbed 11 spots to be at 92 worldwide.
Australian National University ranked the highest of the
nation’s 17 institutions in the top 300 QS Rankings, though it
fell six places to 26. Melbourne Uni sits at 31 and Sydney at 38.
Worldwide, Cambridge University retained its top spot,
Harvard was second and the Massachusetts... Read more
Photo: Randy Larcombe/Adelaide Uni
Olympic Dam. Photo: BHP Billiton
OLYMPIC DAM BACKGROUND
The South Australian Year Book 1999 makes several
mentions of the Roxby Downs copper-uranium mine owned
by Western Mining Corporation.
The compendium referred to WMC’s $2.48 billion expansion
of the mine, aimed at lifting annual ore production from
85,000 tonnes to 350,000 tonnes and “catering for the
population boom that will go with it”.
By March 2005, WMC had turned the deposit into one of
Australia’s larger underground mines. Ore production
stood at of 9.1 million tonnes comprising 220,000 tonnes of
copper, 4500 tonnes of uranium oxide, plus gold and silver.
Three months later WMC was taken over by BHP Billiton,
which got for its money the world’s fourth largest copper
deposit and the largest uranium deposit. Read more
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