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Andrew Mackenzie has for the first time hinted that Nickel West's reliance on third-party ore feed was one of the key reasons the Goldfields division was being jettisoned and will not find a home in its NewCo spin-off.
Gina Rinehart has added a touch more pressure to the construction team at her $10 billion Roy Hill iron ore project, saying an already-ambitious plan to ship first ore in September next year could be brought forward.
The Federal Government is seeking to ramp up pressure on the Palmer United Party to axe the mining tax, ramming repeal Bills through the Lower House to fast-track a Senate showdown.
BHP and Rio Tinto may be powering ahead, but Australia's mining sector has taken a serious hit in the wake of sliding commodity prices.

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