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Reviewing the 160‐year history of Australian mineral development indicates that local and international factors have all been influential in constraining or sustaining mining, including economics, geology and social forces. Research undertaken through the Mineral Futures Collaboration Cluster indicates that, in future, environmental and social factors will be important to both mining productivity and defining the role which mining plays more broadly within the Australian economy. Australia must rethink how it uses its resources to deliver long term benefit in the decades ahead. Developing a long‐term strategy for managing minerals and mineral wealth should be a national priority. This report proposes a National Minerals Strategy, as a means of positioning Australia for advantage in the Asian Century and to secure prosperity for the present and future.


Institute for Sustainable Futures: University of Technology, Sydney
Research team: Dr. Damien Giurco, Dr. Tim Prior, Ms. Leah Mason, Ms. Aleta Lederwasch, Ms. Jane Daly, Dr. Steve Mohr, Dr. Daniel May, Dr. Geoff Evans, Mr. Johannes Behrisch and Mr. Reza Memary
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Department of Civil Engineering: Monash University
Research team: Dr. Gavin M. Mudd, Mr. Zehan Weng, Dr. Mohan Yellishetty, Dr. Steve Mohr
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