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Costs cruel manufacturing vision

Is it overly optimistic to believe WA could become a centre for battery manufacturing?


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I'm not seeing any commentary about our responsibility as miners and potentially makers of lithium products as to what happens at the end of useful life. It's an argument often used in the uranium debate (we mine it, so we should take it back for disposal or safe storage). No doubt embedding a cradle-to-grave solution from the outset would also be seen as an impediment to investment, something we hope some other industry would be innovative about, or the government will provide research monies for, but how many times has that been the case, only to not be that convincing, taken up, profitable? It's not that brave a new world.

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