Big spend tempered by rising costs

On the surface, the increased exploration expenditure by stock exchange-listed Australian junior mining and exploration companies looks good.

But squirreled away inside the June 2005 quarter figures are the effects of rising exploration and production costs, including those associated with attracting skilled labour and the ultimate costs of investment disincentives stemming from unattractive regulatory and policy frameworks.

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Exporters

LabelValue
Rio Tinto$21.40bn
BHP Billiton Iron Ore$17.97bn
North West Shelf Venture$16.84bn
Fortescue Metals Group$8.12bn
Gold Corporation$5.81bn
Others$53.39bn
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