MIL-OSI Australia: Resources employers congratulate Kelly O’Dwyer on stellar political career

Source: Australian Mines and Metals Association – AMMA

AUSTRALIAN Resources and Energy Group AMMA thanks the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer for her service to the industry and the nation, following Saturday’s announcement she would leave politics at the next Federal Election.
Minister O’Dwyer has been a strong supporter of AMMA, its members and the Australian resources and energy industry since elected to Parliament in 2009 and particularly since 2015 from when she held a variety of Cabinet positions.
“Kelly should be extremely proud of all she has achieved in Parliament,” Tara Diamond, Acting Chief Executive of AMMA, said.
“Across various ministerial portfolios, including small business, assistant treasurer, revenue and financial services, women, jobs and industrial relations, Kelly O’Dwyer has been a great supporter of business and a great supporter of the resources and energy industry.
“She understands and appreciates that a strong and vibrant business community, underpinned by competitive government policies, is key to a strong and vibrant Australia.
“We particularly thank Kelly for her support as Minister for Women of AMMA’s initiatives and programs aimed at supporting and encouraging more women to join the resources and energy industry.
“Further, Kelly achieved a great deal in her short time as Minister for Industrial Relations, including:
passing legislation to improve the enterprise agreement approval processes;
providing clarity to employers and employees on rights and responsibilities regarding casual employment;
bolstering the resources of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) to address rising lawbreaking; and
appointing much-needed additional tribunal members to the Fair Work Commission.
“AMMA and our members wish Kelly well in the remaining months of her public service and in the future beyond politics.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Thompson, 0409 781 580
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MIL-OSI Australia: The Queensland Government should stand up for the state’s coal industry

Source: Australian Mines and Metals Association – AMMA

THE Queensland Government should stand up for the state’s coal industry, a sector responsible for at least 20,000 local jobs and $3.8 million in annual royalties, not kow-tow to disruptive activist groups hell-bent on stopping new projects, says Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA.
AMMA particularly calls on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to declare her support for Queensland’s coal industry as her government yet again shifts the posts on Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project by appointing a known anti-coal organisation to conduct an “independent” review of one of the mine’s environmental management plans.
“Queenslanders deserve a state government which supports its major job-creating industries, not one more interested in appeasing minority activist views and chasing inner city votes at the expense of the regions,” AMMA’s Acting Chief Executive, Tara Diamond, said.
“AMMA is very concerned at this latest development which appears to undermine typical government processes by outsourcing its environmental review responsibilities to an anti-coal activist group.
“Adani has repeatedly demonstrated strong compliance with all its environmental management requirements. Not only has it cleared hundreds of regulatory hurdles, it has also contended with vexatious ‘lawfare’ from a number of disruptive anti-industry groups, which it has an 11-0 record defending.
“Queensland and major coal employers, like Adani, need certainty and stability.
“This most recent appeasement of minority anti-industry voices sets a disturbing precedent and will be rightly viewed as another unnecessary obstacle for the investment and business community.
“Projects such as Adani’s must be better recognised for the jobs and prosperity they will bring to the state, including long-term royalty generation that funds schools, hospitals and roads.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Thompson, 0409 781 580
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MIL-OSI Australia: First grant awarded under Rio Tinto Australia-Japan Collaboration Program

Source: Rio Tinto

The Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies (FAJS) has announced the first grant awarded under the Rio Tinto Australia-Japan Collaborative Program, to a project focused on addressing global warming by building new technologies to pull two of the most problematic greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and convert them into useful fuels.

The grant, in the amount of AU$150,000, is awarded to Associate Professor Toru Wakihara, Department of Chemical Systems Engineering, University of Tokyo and Professor Yusuke Yamauchi, School of Chemical Engineering and Senior Group Leader, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland.

Their collaborative project, Nanoarchitectured Functional Porous Materials as Adsorbents of Greenhouse Gases and Catalysts: Converting Them into Valuable Chemicals aims to address global warming through the reduction of greenhouse gases.

This Japan-Australia joint team will design and fabricate nanostructured adsorbent raw materials, including single layers of carbon atoms (graphene) and a material resembling volcanic mineral called zeolite, and construct them on the nanoscale to add special pores. The nanopores will make the materials even more capable for adsorption and provide space for efficient chemical conversion of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into hydrocarbons, the building blocks of petroleum and natural gas fuels. The academic-industry partnership spanning Japan and Australia will push the boundaries of chemical engineering and materials science and find solutions for global climate change and energy sustainability.

The Rio Tinto Australia-Japan Collaborative Program, the first program established under the FAJS and funded by the Rio Tinto Group, aims to support activities to raise the mutual profile and understanding between Australia and Japan by promoting bilateral research and other collaborative programs involving academic institutions and industry in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

Applications for 2019 grants under the Rio Tinto Australia-Japan Collaborative Program are now open through 31 January 2019. Details are available at

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About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in London and with a corporate office in Melbourne, Australia. It combines Rio Tinto plc, a London and New York Stock Exchange listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, in a dual listed companies structure. From our diverse portfolio, we supply the metals and minerals that help the world to grow. Our major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, gold, industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide and salt), iron ore, and uranium. We are strongly represented in Australia and North America, and also have significant businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.

Under our Group-wise organisational structure, our four product groups – Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals, and Iron Ore – are complemented by our Growth & Innovation and Commercial groups.

About Rio Tinto and Japan

Japan is one of Rio Tinto’s most important and longstanding trading partners. Rio Tinto’s iron ore business was born on the back of Japanese investment and long-term offtake contracts with the Japanese steel mills in the 1960s. Today Rio Tinto is the largest supplier of iron ore to Japan, shipping over 1.8 billion tonnes to date over the past more than 50 years.

Rio Tinto is also one of the largest exporters of metals and minerals to Japan, supplying aluminium, copper, molybdenum, diamonds, uranium and industrial minerals such as borates, titanium dioxide and salt as well as iron ore to more than 250 customers. Japanese companies are important partners in Rio Tinto’s operations around the world, in its global supply chain as well as in innovation.

About Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies

Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies (FAJS) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in Australia, with the mission to elevate the profile of Australia-Japan collaboration in science, technology and innovation and support the people who are transforming the bilateral relationship through these partnerships. Research grants form part of the Rio Tinto Australia-Japan Collaboration Program, which is the first program of the FAJS and is funded by the Rio Tinto Group, which is also a founding member of the FAJS.

The FAJS is chaired by former Australian Ambassador to Japan Mr Murray McLean AO. Professor Jenny Corbett (Emeritus Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University and Professorial Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute of Griffith University) is the inaugural Rio Tinto Fellow under the Collaboration Program and has been based at the University of Tokyo since 2018 to represent the FAJS and to build networks with the objective of strengthening the links between academic research and industry to drive forward the rich potential for next generation economic and trade links between Australia and Japan.

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