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Legislation and compliance

Mar 02, 2021
Oaky North industrial dispute leads to charges

Oaky North industrial dispute leads to charges

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking legal action against the CFMEU and five officials for incidents during an Oaky North coal mine dispute more than three years ago. It is alleged that the union and each of the officials contravened the Fair Work Act by engaging in and encouraging abusive conduct that amounted to adverse action… ...

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Mar 02, 2021
Fine for back-pay issue at FNQ mine

Fine for back-pay issue at FNQ mine

The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $23,750 in penalties in court against the former operator of the Baal Gammon copper mine in Far North Queensland. The Federal Circuit Court has imposed a $20,000 penalty against Baal Gammon Copper and an additional $3750 penalty against company director Denis Reinhardt. The penalties were imposed in response to… ...

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Dec 14, 2020
Industry urged to have say on JORC Code update

Industry urged to have say on JORC Code update

The code that regulates public reporting of Australia’s mineral discoveries and ore available to be mined is under review. An online survey has been launched to gain comment ahead of a planned update in 2021 of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) Code – the professional code of practice that sets minimum standards for public… ...

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Dec 10, 2020
‘Never again’ says Juukan Gorge inquiry committee

‘Never again’ says Juukan Gorge inquiry committee

‘Never again’ was the verdict from Northern Australia Committee chair Warren Entsch, tabling an interim report of the inquiry into the destruction of Indigenous heritage sites at Juukan Gorge by miner Rio Tinto. “Never again can we allow the destruction, the devastation and the vandalism of cultural sites as has occurred with the Juukan Gorge—never… ...

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Nov 26, 2020
Casual mineworker case takes another turn

Casual mineworker case takes another turn

A landmark case on entitlements for casual mineworkers is set for another round in court after a decision which employers have welcomed and unionists described as a blow. The High Court of Australia today granted special leave for WorkPac to appeal the Federal Court’s Rossato decision. WorkPac v Rossato, like the earlier WorkPac v Skene… ...

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Oct 22, 2020
New laws proposed over casual miner quandary

New laws proposed over casual miner quandary

The Federal Government intends to introduce legislation to Parliament this year to give casual miners doing de facto full-time work the right to convert to permanent employment. Queensland Senator Matt Canavan and Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen revealed the plan in a joint statement today. They said Attorney-General Christian Porter had written to Mr… ...

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Sep 24, 2020
Anti-Adani activist fined for security guard assault

Anti-Adani activist fined for security guard assault

A anti-Adani protester has been fined $1500 for assaulting a security guard at a Carmichael coal construction site in Central Queensland in September last year. Canadian Michael Kyneston, 48, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm when the matter was heard in Clermont Magistrates Court yesterday. A second protester – Sheridan Vautier, 23, – was… ...

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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian… ...

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Aug 11, 2020
Bill paves way for first rehabilitation commissioner

Bill paves way for first rehabilitation commissioner

Legislation has passed to establish Queensland’s first mining industry rehabilitation commissioner. The measure was part of the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (EPOLA Bill), which the State Government says will further improve Queensland’s mine rehabilitation framework and improve financial assurance outcomes for the State’s resources sector. “This Bill is the ne...

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