Melanie Burton

Rio Tinto vows reform as Australian lawmaker accuses industry of cultural genocide

16 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE Outgoing Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques said on Friday the miner was committed to reform after a lawmaker accused the industry of incremental cultural genocide at an Australian inquiry into the destruction of an ancient cave.

Rio Tinto warns fresh COVID-19 lockdowns to put global recovery at risk

16 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE Rio Tinto warned on Friday that a resurgence in coronavirus cases was putting global economic growth at risk, and that steel production outside China has sharply dropped even as stimulus measures prop up demand in the top consumer.

BHP says Chinese coal customers have made deferment requests

14 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE BHP Group has received deferment requests from Chinese coal customers, Chairman Ken MacKenzie said on Wednesday, after reports that China had put a freeze on accepting Australian coal amid trade tensions between the two countries.

Open for Christmas: Australia's virus hotspot could be near normal by summer

28 Sep 2020

MELBOURNE Australia's city of Melbourne, its hotspot in the second wave of coronavirus infections, is on track to return to near normal by Christmas, strengthening hopes for major summer sporting events to go ahead amid a general economic revival.

Aboriginal group says Rio Tinto ignored pleas to save sacred cave from blast

25 Sep 2020

MELBOURNE Rio Tinto Ltd. ignored repeated requests from traditional owners for sacred Australian rockshelters to be protected in the months before the site was blasted during a mine expansion, an Indigenous group said on Friday.

New Zealand to require financial firms report climate change risks

18 Sep 2020

(This 14th September story corrects currency to NZ$1 billion ($674.90 million) from $1 billion in paragraphs 6 and 8)

BHP sought to disturb cultural sites even after concerns raised: inquiry

17 Sep 2020

MELBOURNE BHP Group pursued permission to damage Aboriginal cultural sites in April, an Australian parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday, despite being told of the distress it would cause traditional owners.

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