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Greens want gold in mining tax

The Australian Greens won't block the federal government's mining tax in the Senate if it does not cover gold, but will push for it to be included, the party's leader Bob Brown says. Labor's proposed minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) covers only iron ore and coal.

Record sales for resources sector

The state government has released its final sales and royalties figures for the resources industry for financial year 2010-11, revealing record sales of $101.2 billion.

Avonlea secures funds for exploration

Africa-focused explorer Avonlea Minerals has announced the successful completion of a $1.5 million share placement which will fund expanded exploration programs at its tenements in Namibia. The placement, to sophisticated and professional investors, was made at 8 cents a share.

O'Brien lifts small shop staff cap

Small retailers will be able to have up to 18 people working at the same time - 5 more than previously allowed - under changes to retail trading laws announced by the state government.

Accountants build China links

ACCOUNTING firms Hall Chadwick and UHY Haines Norton have announced increased links with industry counterparts in China.

Key city approval for Cathedral Square

The City of Perth has approved the demolition of the Law Chambers building and the refurbishment of the Public Trustees building, paving the way for the redevelopment of the Cathedral Square precinct.

Mineral Commodities to buy out Simto

Mineral Commodities announced it will acquire mineral sands explorer Simto Resources in a deal worth $37.5 million. The share sale agreement follows Mineral Commodities' $96 million acquisition of Cable Sands in July.

Fleetwood signs 5-year BHP contract

Transportable housing manufacturer Fleetwood Corporation has announced a five-year supply deal for BHP Billiton Iron Ore's various expansion projects throughout the Pilbara.

Desal plant wins top engineering award

The state government's seawater desalination plant near Binningup has won the top prize at the 2011 Western Australian Engineering Excellence Awards at the weekend.

Indian giant buys Hancock coal for $US1.26bn

Indian infrastructure giant GVK Group will pay Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting $1.26 billion for most of the company's coal and infrastructure projects in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

Court dismisses Imdex appeal

The Federal Court has dismissed an appeal by Perth-based drilling fluids firm Imdex, regarding alleged patent infringements by Coretell Pty Ltd and Mincrest Holdings, trading as Camteq.

Diploma to build $17.6m youth housing project

Diploma Group has won a $17.6 million contract to build a mixed-use residential, retail and office project in Oxford Street, Leederville, for a joint venture between Foundation Housing, Anglicare WA and Central Institute of Technology.

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