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Australian explosion victims win large settlement from Revlon and state government 02 October 2014

Three men who took cosmetics giant Revlon to court over injuries received in an explosion at a Canberra factory in 2009 have won A$6.6 million from the company and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government. The explosion occurred after a box of deodorant cans was placed in a shredding machine at the SteriHealth medical waste disposal facility in Mitchell, north of Canberra....

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Australia has higher mining death rate than Iran 02 October 2014

According to Australian Mining, comparisons between the death rates in mines in Australia and Iran show the former has the higher death rate. Figures from Iran’s Lorestan University of Medical Science apparently show that one miner dies every 16 days in Iran, with 5,600 operating mines in the country....

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Australian winery fined for fatal 2008 explosion 23 September 2014

A New South Wales court has fined Drayton’s Family Wines a total of A$210,000 and ordered the company to pay the prosecutor’s costs after finding it guilty of failing to provide a safe workplace, according to the Newcastle Journal. Workcover NSW brought the case against the winery and an engineering company, Perfab Engineering, for two breaches each of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. ...

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Australian ammonium nitrate truck explosion injures eight 08 September 2014

A truck carrying more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser crashed  and exploded 30km south of Charleville in Queensland on September 5. Eight people, including a police officer and four firefighters, were injured in the blast, which destroyed two firefighting vehicles and two bridges, one road and one rail....

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News Extra: Australia opens huge weapons test site to mining 15 August 2014

The world's largest weapons test range in the remote Australian outback will be opened to mining after the country's parliament agreed to ease access to an area larger than Denmark. The Woomera Prohibited Area in the country's arid centre stretches across more than 49,000 square miles (127,000 sq.km.) encompassing 13% of the area of South Australia....

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Australia scraps carbon tax 18 July 2014

Australia’s carbon tax has been repealed, leaving the country with no official policy to achieve the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has signed up to in international agreements. The Liberal-led  government said households will be better off by an average $550 following the move....

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Report forecasts up to 75,000 job losses in Australian mining sector 11 July 2014

A report from ANZ bank forecasts that between 50,000 and 75,000 jobs will disappear over the next few years as the Australian mining industry moves from the development to the production phase of its resources boom....

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Production resumes at Australian mine after fatal incident 03 July 2014

Longwall production has restarted at Yancoal’s  Austar mine in New South Wales, according to Australian Mining. Two workers were killed by an underground wall collapse there in April. Miners at Austar will work a different face, while a further 70 have been redeployed to two of the company’s other mines nearby, Abel and Ashton. ...

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New Caledonia nickel mine trashed after chemical spill 29 May 2014

The Goro nickel mine in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory in the Western Pacific, has been seriously damaged by local protesters after a chemical spill from the mine. Earlier this month the Canadian operator, Vale, was ordered to suspend operations at its $6 billion mine after 10,000 litres of acid effluent spilled into a creek and killed thousands of fish. ...

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Australian chemicals company CEO calls for common onshore safety standards 17 April 2014

Yara Pilbara chief executive Mark Loquan has said onshore mining and processing companies should take a leaf from the offshore sector and introduce a minimum safety code for operations in Western Australia (WA), according to a report in Mining Australia....

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