Sunday, October 3, 2010

CMY - thorium

ASX:CMY produces Thorium, and has risen from 7 cents to 14 cents.
there has been a few risers lately in my under ten cent shares portfolio.
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I'll post more tips lat er...

a $500.00 investment might pay off in the next few months.
Thorium is a much wanted commodity.

ASX:ABY is another. Copper production. I bgt in at 1.00 and its up to 1.14. that's 14%.
If you can't afford gold, copper is best.
I made some money when it was as low as 12 cents. I wish I hadn't sold!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Forwarded Info from

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ERH seems on a high. worth buying at such a low price. But no guarantees! do your own research! I created it on Yahoo! Finance today. You can access the chart at the following link:

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

picking winners - elections and share trades

How to pick a winner.Here's a very good article about share trading. It is worth studying. Don't forget to also consider global, USA and Aussie social. political and market trends.

If you are also interested in picking winners in the upcoming election go to my other blog called and have a look at an article about "the old Dolls". There's a quite rebellion going on in the over 60's.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

so is this the answer? does China own us now?

Latest Commentary
from "the Business Speculator"
China's RSPT bounty
STEPHEN BARTHOLOMEUSZ The Rudd government's resource super profits tax will force miners to ask China's state-owned financiers for cash, bringing in more Chinese state-owned enterprises as shareholders. 4:13 PM read more
4:13 PM, 21 Jun 2010
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Stephen Bartholomeusz
China's RSPT bounty

Kevin Rudd might want to characterise the $10 billion or so of deals with China unveiled today during the visit of Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping as evidence that the resource super profits tax is not affecting investment, but then the Chinese are not your ordinary investors.

And, indeed, given that China Development Bank (CDB) features in several of the resource deals signed today, the deals themselves aren’t necessarily conventional resource sector investments.

The Chinese might be a little annoyed that the RSPT was announced after their state-owned enterprises had invested tens of billions of dollars in the Australian resource sector but (a) their deals are likely to be the least affected by the RSPT (with a couple of exceptions) and (b) they aren’t necessarily as fixated with profitability as Australian miners.

It needs to be remembered that the Rudd government has hailed the tax – which would be paid largely by the big miners on well-established low-cost and highly profitable mines – as helping to promote hitherto marginal production within the sector. Its initial impact is positive for new and high-cost/low quality mines.

China is unlikely to be fussed if the big iron ore and metallurgical coal producers are less competitive, relative to their international peers, as a result of the tax, given the paranoia of its big steel producers about the level of influence and market power the producers have over key inputs into China’s industrial activity.

Conversely, it is in China’s own long-term interests to encourage new sources of iron ore and coal and other commodities to increase supply, temper price rises and counter the influence of the global resource groups.

Indeed, much of China’s activity in Australia in the past has been focused on the emerging iron ore producers like Fortescue and the Mid West iron ore province, which could be classified as marginal producers.

The memorandums of understanding China Development Bank has signed with Aquila Resources and Karara Mining – they both have West Australian iron ore projects in which there are pre-existing Chinese partners – fit the kind of strategy that is more interested in security of supply, increased supply and wider available sources of supply than in its absolute profitability.

Helping to finance the Oakajee port and rail infrastructure that helps open up the Mid West is a relatively obvious way for CDB to facilitate China’s strategic interests.

There is, potentially, enormous mutual interest in partnering with the Chinese to bring new projects and resource provinces into production.

That, however, doesn’t validate the proposed tax, which would amplify the strategic benefits the Chinese are seeking by slowing expansion of the production of our most efficient iron ore and coal producers – the ones able to use their market position to maximise the value received from exploiting those resources.

The other issue raised by the tax, and one that Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest has been particularly critical of, is that it will effectively destroy conventional project financing because the RSPT applies before financing costs.

To obtain project funding, smaller producers – who traditionally have used project financing to develop their mines – will have to turn to financiers more interested in gaining access to supply than in the security of their loans.

That almost inevitably means bringing in Chinese state-owned enterprises as shareholders and asking the Chinese state-owned financiers for help with the debt component. The impact of the RSPT would dictate that miners looked to financiers less interested in profitability than conventional capital providers.

One suspects that Rudd and Wayne Swan – both very sensitive to the politics of Chinese investment in the past – haven’t properly thought through the implications for Chinese interest in Australian resources of a RSPT that encourages marginal production during a boom, discourages conventional financing and commits the taxpayer to underwriting 40 per cent of the losses in a downturn.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

more RSPT meetings

If you watched question time (parliament Australia) today and listened to the discussion you would have heard many times "Australia is going to have a superprofits tax" (Ferguson)You would be forgiven for wondering if there are more industries in their sights. There doesn't seem to be much room for negotiation.

If the government made an announcement declaring that: a supertax is going to apply to your chemist/dress shop/ newsagentcy/ car dealership or on the sale of your house - or that you will have to pay a 40% supertax on all profit over 6%.. what would you say?

start writing your response now.
this little battle for democracy is getting more revealing by the day.
Here's a news item from Brisbane today.
Proposed resources tax under fire at Brisbane forum
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 1:00 pm

The mining sector has continued its assault on the Federal Government's proposed resources tax at an industry conference in Brisbane.
Access Economics director Chris Richardson told the forum the tax is based on the flawed belief that the mining bonanza will continue forever.

"It may be that we end up shooting ourselves in the foot - that we slow down the sector through the period when these magic margins are at their best," he said.
Mr Richardson says the levy would tax entrepreneurial effort as well as minerals.
Minerals Council spokesman Mitch Hooke says the Government has deliberately misrepresented the sector's tax contribution.

"[It's] probably one of the most significant assaults on an industry that I've seen in my 20 years as a CEO in Canberra," he said.
Similar meetings will be held in Western Australia and South Australia later this week.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

The bigger picture!

. Rudd announces Chemists supertax! we might need to tax the foreign companies who have made deals with aboriginal groups, and who are not on the asx, but to become a joint partner and subsidise losses via the taxpayer is ridiculous. To tax a company 40% above the bond rate (say 6%)is socialism.

There's been no legislation put up, no real discussion and what industry will be next?

Mega from says Beware for our future. Why not a chemist supertax? they make money from already taxpayer funded doctors prescriptions.. or pathologists..they make money from taxpayers and bleed govt dry! Rudd imposed a RSPT while reducing company tax from 30% to 28%? He gives in one hand, takes away in the other..

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010 by Jamie Ashcroft

BHP noted its disappointment that such a consultation has not been possible in relation to the ‘super-tax’. “Therefore the government missed the opportunity to have Treasury's theory tested by practical experience and industry knowledge”, Nasser stated.

“We always welcome the opportunity to consult but unfortunately ... there has been no acknowledgement by the government of the major flaws of the proposed tax and the significant impact on the industry”. BHP said it is not against tax reform, but it believes that the principles of sound tax reform are not present in the current proposal.

“The 40 per cent super tax rate, in addition to company tax, will make the Australian mineral resources industry the highest taxed in the world and uncompetitive with other resource-rich nations. An uncompetitive tax rate is a fundamental problem.”

“The super tax will apply to existing projects, fundamentally changing the rules when billions of dollars have already been invested.”

According to BHP, any new tax on the minerals resources industry should: Not fundamentally change the rules of the game on existing projects; Ensure that overall tax is competitive with other mineral resources countries; Vary between the kind of mineral resources mined; Be applied on the value of minerals alone.

Otherwise, the company believes that the proposal could damage Australia's reputation as a stable and fair place for investment, the country could lose investment to countries with more attractive tax rates, and it could unintentionally penalise investments in infrastructure, processing or other support activities.

“The Australian government needs to understand the real world impact of the proposed super tax or it will hurt the Australian minerals industry and hurt Australia's future,” Nasser said.

BHP also told its shareholders that it wanted to set the record straight, in terms of its own tax payments in Australia. “The government has not accurately represented the level of taxes we pay on our Australian operations ... It concerns BHP Billiton that inappropriate conclusions appear to have been drawn ... Total taxes paid by BHP Billiton's Australian operations in relation to the financial years 2004 to 2009 inclusive exceed A$24 billion."

“The 2009 earnings of BHP Billiton's Australian operations were almost fully reinvested back in Australia,” he added

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

axe the tax... protest today

Protesters pressure PM to 'axe the tax'

Wednesday June 9, 2010, 4:09 pm

A 2,000-strong crowd has gathered on Perth's foreshore to protest against the Federal Government's mining super profits tax.

United under the slogan "axe the tax", the protesters rallied outside a hotel where Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addressed a Press Club luncheon.

But Mr Rudd is showing no signs of backing away from his tax reform ahead of his showdown with West Australian mining bosses.

Senior ministers have followed Mr Rudd to the west and will hear first hand what voters think about the tax at a community cabinet meeting this evening.

Mr Rudd will meet Fortescue Metals Group's Andrew Forrest, who has been one of the loudest critics of the tax, ahead of the meeting.

Mr Forrest joined the protesters who included Australia's richest woman, Gina Rhinehart.

She says the time for talking is over.

"Perhaps if there had been negotiations earlier it would have been different, but now the damage to Australia has gone on for too long," she said.

A number of Liberal MPs also attended the protest, including Julie Bishop and Wilson Tuckey, along with WA Liberal Party president Barry Court.

Protest organiser David Flanagan, who runs a junior Pilbara iron ore company, urged the Prime Minister to engage with the mining industry.

He says the Government's proposal to impose a 40 per cent tax on profits above a 6 per cent threshold will hurt.

"This is not big mining that is down there today. AMEC [Association of Mining and Exploration Companies] represents 170 small mining companies that employ between five and 25 people each," he said.

"We employ a lot of working families and we're not being listened to. So this is our best chance of getting our voice heard.

"We want to talk with the Government. We want to engage with the Government, but what's being proposed is going to take money out of the economy.

"If there's less money in the economy, there's less jobs, there's less projects, there's less taxation ultimately collected and that hurts all Australians."

Difficult talks
Mr Rudd is under pressure from mining companies to compromise on the tax proposal, with a strong push for him to change the definition of a "super profit".

He told the luncheon the Federal Government has got the tax rate correct and will help mining companies with generous transition arrangements.

He also defended the industry consultation process underway.

"I am here to listen. I sat down with folk yesterday. I'm sure I'll sit down with Twiggy [Andrew Forrest] before I leave town and probably others," he said.

"This is a democracy and if there are objections and concerns to aspects of the Government's tax reform proposal, it's good that people have the opportunity to put that sharply and to register their views."

Mr Rudd has promised an extra $2 billion will flow to WA through the Infrastructure Australia Fund.

Earlier he told Fairfax radio that talks over the tax will continue, but will be difficult.

"We are engaged in a continuing consultation with them and that will continue into the days and weeks ahead," he said.

"We think these consultations have been productive - we're learning various things from various companies about their individual circumstances, but this will be a very difficult negotiation."

But Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says it is hard to see what compromises the Government can make.

Mr Abbott says the tax needs to be dropped before it causes more damage.

"The problem with this tax is that he can't change it without destroying his budget strategy and he can't keep it without destroying the resources sector's expansion in this country," he said.

"He's in a very difficult position."

Mr Rudd, meanwhile, says a meeting he had with BHP Billiton head Marius Kloppers in Sydney yesterday was cordial and frank.

"I'm always keen to listen to what the mining industry has to say," Mr Rudd said.

"We had a cordial and frank discussion and I'm sure we'll continue to do that in the future."

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Monday, June 7, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

the Future fund view

Mega's view is that govt should scrap it and find another way to raise revenues to fix gaping hole in budget. Like add 1% to the GST. That would be acceptable to most people,especially if it was to be for a limited time.

Today, June 04, 2010, 3 hours ago
The Future Fund was established to assist Australian governments meet the cost of public sector superannuation liabilities by delivering investment returns on contributions to the Fund.
You can watch the video of the interview here, or read our transcript below.
Alan Kohler: Well David, perhaps we can start by asking you your view of the RSPT, the resource super profits tax?
David Murray: You’re probably aware that I made an address at the Australian Papua New Guinea (PNG) Conference in Townsville recently because PNG is going through the process of designing a wealth fund to deal with its oil and gas dividends, taxes and royalties and trying to determine how much should be spent today, essentially, and how much put aside for tomorrow. And you know going through that issue in the context of PNG really makes one consider the pros and cons of this tax regime in Australia. I think the discussion has to be divided into two parts. One is the application of the tax to existing projects and the sovereign risk concerns that the tax brings for Australia, and secondly the design of the tax around the Australian Constitution and the source and flow of funds, whether they’re used for long- term purposes or short-term purposes.
Stephen Bartholomeusz: David, there’s a presumption there that there should be a super tax on mining profits.
DM: No, not necessarily. You’ve got to remember in Australia that states own their land, the resources under the land and have the right to collect royalties on those resources. The Commonwealth has the taxing power and has ownership of its territories and resources outside the coastline. But the Commonwealth has already imposed royalties and the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT). The issue here is that the states are not in a very good position to set aside their royalties for longer-term purposes. If the Commonwealth wants to impose a super profits tax on resources activity, then the Commonwealth has to think about when and how that’s used. But that’s why I divide the whole issue into retrospectivity or application to existing projects, on one hand, and the design on the other.
AK: Isn’t there possibly a third element, which is the way that the proposed tax reduces the net present value of future projects because all of the mining companies are now saying that they’re not going to go ahead, or they’re putting future projects on hold, or that there’ll be fewer projects and they’ll be looking at other countries instead of Australia?
DM: Well, the consequence of additional tax is magnified across returns and, you know, that's what they say is technically correct. But the design of this tax has had to be customised to a particular application because of the constitutional position and, in doing that, there are several significant flaws. My view is that the tax has to be changed or abandoned.
AK: Which would you prefer, the change or the abandonment?
DM: Well, it’s conditional. If there’s a change, there has to be some process of putting aside returns from resources depletion for the longer term – and that doesn’t happen in the states and it’s not really happening at the Commonwealth level – and unless we do that, we’ll be directing resource taxes of one sort or another to recurrent spending of government, which will actually cause significant problems later because all resources go through waves of strong returns and weak returns and you’ve got to have a sensible collection of taxes and royalties when returns are strong, but you can’t apply these retrospectively because you won’t get investment.
SB: So, David, what you’re saying is if you’re going to have this kind of tax, the revenue should go into the future fund or a fund like it.
DM: Well, you can do it in a couple of ways.You can dedicate a part of royalties to go into long-term wealth funds, intergenerational funds, or you can direct budget surpluses when the terms of trade are strong and the budget is strong. But in Australia’s case, you’ve got to give some consideration to what happens in the states. If states collect royalties, there should be some incentive to put some of that aside and the reason for that is that it can’t happen as easily elsewhere. For example, the states should not be penalised on their grants from the Commonwealth if they collect significant mining royalties.
AK: Well, the reality is that this sort of revenue will go at least to some extent into recurrent expenditures, so in that case are you saying that this proposal ought to just be abandoned?
DM: Well, if we can’t achieve a design that does not penalise the existing projects – that’s a sovereign risk issue and a design that does not discriminate between recurrent spending and long-term intergenerational wealth creation; if those things can’t be done, the tax should be abandoned.
AK: Right. So, just to be clear on it, you’re saying that it should not apply to existing projects, only future projects and that all the revenue should go into a fund for the future.
DM: No, not all the revenue, but there should be some sensible calculation and debate about what portion of compensation for resource depletion goes into recurrent spending in Australia in total and goes into intergenerational wealth creation.
SB: David, the tax, as it stands, one of its several design features is this 40 per cent credit. You were a banker for decades; if a miner came to you and said will you lend against this IOU from the government, would you do it?
DM: Well, I would be more concerned about that now because of what’s happened with the announcement of this tax. When mining companies go to less developed countries with a poor track record of rule of law and taxation, they generally seek tax standstill arrangements, commitments from government and they also get an acknowledgement of those standstill arrangements from political parties not in government. Traditionally that’s not been regarded as necessary in Australia and I think mining companies, and companies generally, understand that the general rate of company tax can move over time, but it’s the specially structured designer taxes that give rise to additional sovereign risk.
Australia has a good track record on sovereign risk, but if I could just go on a fraction more, Steve, the issue here is that for investors globally, sovereign risk is coming back into the picture as a larger issue because of the massive issuance of sovereign debt around the world post crisis – not just post, but before the crisis and especially during and after. As a consequence of that, investors are becoming a little bit concerned whether governments will become more desperate and impose things that might… that they might not otherwise have done. So, for Australia to do this now is not good timing and if I was a mining company I’d be extremely concerned that tax is being taken off at the top of the cycle. The best thing for Australia to do is to take a component of its corporate taxes that can be attributed to resource depletion and set it aside.
AK: In fact you seem to be suggesting that to some extent the tax is self defeating in that it requires a level of sovereign trust from, in particular, financiers, but the way that it has been introduced actually destroys that trust.
DM: Well, yes, I think it does. And in addition to that, our starting point is a country that needs foreign investment and, notwithstanding all of our success, we still have a current account deficit, you know, and a chronic current account deficit, and that has to end at some time in our history. The worst thing that can happen is that the resources run down, we’re still spending on welfare and we still have a current account deficit. That would be, for future generations, a seriously bad outcome.
AK: So, is the extra sovereign risk that has clearly been identified by other investors around the world, is that affecting or likely to affect the future fund’s asset allocation. You’ve got quite a large allocation to international equities at the moment, in both developed and developing economies, but is that likely to increase at the expense of Australia, given this?
DM: Well, actually the large allocation is not offshore.The large allocation to equities is onshore if you consider the relative scale of Australia’s economy to others, and the reason for that is partly because we have less exchange risk onshore, but partly because we see Australia as a proxy for Asia, including China and India, and their growth. If that proxy principle breaks down, then we would not see as much of a reason to be invested in Australia.
SB: David, if there has to be a tax, do you have a particular design in mind that would be reasonable?
DM: Well, we need a design for new projects starting from exploration up and the one that’s understood is the PRRT. So, in my view, that would be a better structure, but it could not apply to any existing projects or any existing exploration. Bear in mind that the design of this tax makes the Australian taxpayer a mining joint venture and, as a taxpayer, if I am a joint venture in a mine, I’d really want my joint venture partner to be well-resourced enough financially and, in skill terms, to do a good job with the mine. If they are taxed on a basis that does not enable them to do that, then I carry all of the risk of the investment of my tax money and much less upside because if my joint venture partner is not incentivised, then I’m less likely to get the returns. So, I’m not sure if that answered your question directly, but you know when you have to make a designer tax partly for constitutional reasons and partly for current funding, then you get into all sorts of difficulties.
SB: Another design feature of the tax is that it cuts in before the financing costs. A lot of smaller mines in Australia have been project financed. What would be the implications of an RSPT be for project financing in this market?
DM: Well, as you pointed out before, you’re absolutely dependent on the cash flowing from the government and it’s not clear that that will always be the case, especially with the terms of trade and commodity prices. If that changes, then the Australian revenue has got a flow of commitments for existing projects and virtually none of the super profits tax. So the current account cycle would actually deteriorate.
AK: David, there’s now a pretty fiery barney going on between the government and the mining industry. There’s lots of name calling, the government’s now launched a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign against them, how do you feel about that and are you concerned about the consequences of that?
DM: Yes I am. This should be the subject of sensible negotiation behind the scenes. One implication of this advertising war is that a lot of foreign investors see Australia as a place where common sense usually prevails and this sort of public brawl will reduce their confidence in those sorts of things happening. And the difference between us and a lot of countries, with resources, is that we had this reliability; we’ve had a solid rule of law and we’ve had a taxation regime which has been highly predictable.
SB: David, the revenues from this tax, if it were implemented, are designed to bring the budget back into balance three years ahead of the previous schedule. Is that a priority and does it validate the tax?
DM: I think it’s more the implications of the tax. It doesn’t validate it if the tax itself is going to cause you to collect less in the long run, and that’s possible. So, I think that the budgetary issues have got more to do with whether we want loose or easy fiscal policy, in the context of what’s happening with monetary policy, and particularly the household sector indebtedness in Australia. So it only takes very small doses of monetary policy to have a significant effect on consumption and so the budget should be framed in that light. So I think you’ve got to weigh those things up in framing the budget, Steve.
SB: But does it matter that much whether it’s in surplus in three years or four years?
DM: Well, it depends on how you do it and the problem with this tax is it could cause more trouble. It’s a long-term tax being applied to a short-term purpose, really, and that’s where the problems arise.
AK: We’ll have to leave it there. Thanks very much, David.
DM: Thanks, guys.
SB: Thank you, David.
DM: Thank you.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

xstrata cancells projects

article form todays "The Australian"

KEVIN Rudd is refusing to budge on his super-profits tax after global miner Xstrata suspended $586 million worth of investment in Queensland yesterday, threatening 3250 jobs and triggering calls from Premier Anna Bligh and mining, business and union leaders to start genuine talks and compromise.
The sudden announcement to suspend further investment on the Wandoan thermal coal project and the Ernest Henry copper mine because of the fears over the resource super-profits tax dramatically increased the stakes in the tax war between the Rudd government and the miners because jobs are now at risk.

"Those people who got job termination notices today, this is no longer a war of words," Ms Bligh said yesterday. "This is causing real pain to Queensland families."

Xstrata yesterday cancelled 60 contract jobs after immediately suspending a $400m underground expansion of the Ernest Henry copper mine in northwest Queensland. It had planned to employ 190 people on the project. About $186m worth of work on the $6bn Wandoan mine and other coal projects in the centre of the state have also been suspended. Xstrata said the two projects would have created 3250 jobs, which were now "at risk".

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Xstrata Coal chief executive Peter Freyberg said the decision was difficult. "This is devastating for the people involved, teams of people I have had working on it for several years - to have that all blown away as a result of a tax we have not seen, where the numbers and the models used is inappropriate for our industry is highly problematic," he said.

The mining sector is running a campaign against the tax and has delayed billions of dollars worth of projects. Yesterday's announcement was the first to directly affect mining jobs, although the tax is also affecting the value of mining companies listed on the stock exchange and held by investors, including superannuation funds.

One of the world's biggest resource fund managers revealed yesterday it had sold down a quarter of its BHP and Rio Tinto holdings because of the proposed tax.

JPMorgan Chase's Ian Henderson said Rio had been his biggest investment, about 4.5 per cent of the $US7 billion ($8.2bn) of resource assets under his control, but he had reduced his holding by about $US100 million. He also made a "reasonably significant" reduction in his holdings of iron ore miner Fortescue, but the JPMorgan funds had increased their stakes in goldminers.

"I'm sorry to say we've reduced our Australian exposure," Mr Henderson told Bloomberg. "I had not thought that the changes in Australia would be quite as drastic as they are proposed to be."

JPMorgan's chairman in Australia and New Zealand is Rod Eddington, a Rio director who this week added his voice to calls for the Prime Minister to restart negotiations with the industry.

Although Mr Rudd declared the government would not be pushed around by the industry, he said he was listening to calls for changes in negotiations for the tax. And Resources Minister Martin Ferguson said the mining companies and the government now agreed the debate was really about "how much tax is collected, how it's collected and who collects it".

Ms Bligh called for the Rudd government and miners to "get on with solving" the dispute over the 40 per cent tax on resource super profits. "I would urge both the federal government and the mining companies to get around the table, put down the baseball bats, stop the advertising and get on with solving it," she said. Australian Workers Union leader Paul Howes, whose union has funded advertising supporting the tax and attacking mining industry bosses, said last night Xstrata was a "good employer" but on this occasion, "I smell a rat and think they may have been led into an ideological argument". "It's a pretty ugly move and I don't believe it's because of the RSPT," Mr Howes said.

But he said it would be best for both sides to negotiate in "a cool and calm atmosphere".

"There's a case for everyone to take a step back and have some proper negotiations," he said.

Last night, Mr Freyberg slapped down the suggestion that suspension of the Queensland projects was a tactical ploy by the company in the mining industry's campaign against the tax. He said that after crunching the numbers on the tax, Xstrata had concluded that net profit from the new mine at Wandoan would fall from nearly $500m to "near zero".

Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis said the tax had "created significant uncertainty for the future of mining investment into Australia and would impair the value of previously approved projects and exploration to the point that continued investment can no longer be justified".

BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers also called last night for the government to change the terms of negotiations to avoid "massive unintended consequences" of the mining tax.

Infrastructure Australia head Rod Eddington, who advises the Prime Minister; the chairman of Qantas, Leigh Clifford; and the Business Council of Australia have also called on the government to enter serious negotiations on the new tax.

But Mr Rudd told parliament the government would not be bullied. "This government will not be intimidated by the statements of any mining company, foreign or domestic," he said, accusing the opposition of taking funding from the industry. "This government does not stand here as the puppet of parts of the mining industry, as those opposite do; this government stands here to act in the national interest on behalf of all Australians."

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

50% dropin commodities in next 12 months?

better than a month ago??
Europe debt fears lessen
Broadcast: 30/05/2010
ALAN KOHLER, PRESENTER: If it wasn’t so serious the tussle between bulls and bears might be entertaining.

This week was another great contest with fortunes swinging wildly. To get a sense of where the European debt crisis may be heading I turned to man who saw it coming, co-founder of the Magellan Financial Group, Hamish Douglass.

Well Hamish, when you were on the program in December you said that there'd be no free lunch for all the policies, the stimulus, that was introduced to save the world from the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) in 2008 and you predicted that there'd be a price to pay in eighteen months to two years. So is it just happening earlier than you thought or is there still another one to come?

HAMISH DOUGLASS, CEO, MAGELLAN FINANCIAL GROUP: Well, in Europe it's certainly happening probably a bit earlier than we thought, with the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, and I think that's really highlighted the fiscal positions the Governments got themselves into. So it just wasn't consumer indebtedness; it's now Government indebtedness around the world. So Europe has brought that to the forefront.

Not that we're concerned that Europe's about to collapse, a systemic collapse. We may have been four weeks ago as this was playing itself out, but they're now having to respond to that risk. America is probably going to go through still a recovery and we're still probably about twelve months away from some of the issues we were talking about in America.

So it's arrived earlier in Europe. I think we're probably still twelve months away from that scenario in America. I think we're going to have quite ...

ALAN KOHLER: But what's the risk of contagion from Europe to America and Japan? I mean, when you were here in December you were talking about Europe, America and Japan and the debt problems in those places.

HAMISH DOUGLASS: Well, ultimately the risk of contagion is very high when you have an event like this that's going on in Europe at the moment. And a lot of people were commentating, you know, Greece is a very small country, what this is all about. And I sort of say, what short memories people have. You know, Lehmann Brothers was a relatively small investment bank that nearly brought down the entire world's financial system. And should Greece been allowed to have gone bankrupt last Wednesday, without a rescue package, I think we were in a very, very similar situation to what we were with Lehmann Brothers and of course that spread globally. So the contagion risk is very high.

ALAN KOHLER: But now everyone's attention is turning to Spain and possibly Portugal and even the UK. I mean, OK, Greece is looked after. What about the rest?

HAMISH DOUGLASS: That's why they needed a very large response program and they've announced a 750 billion euro program to effectively provide liquidity to those other nations. The problem we have is it's not actually in place at the moment. It's just a proposal. It's been approved by the German parliament last Friday, very importantly, but ultimately this has to be put in place.

It's our estimate that about a trillion euros is about large enough to meet the funding requirements of the most-at-risk sovereign nations in Europe over the next three years. So we think they've got that package size about right. That's why we're sort of more optimistic than we were three weeks ago. But it's not in place at the moment and let's see the detail and there may well, I think, we're going to have jittery markets over the next month or so as we actually see the details of this sort of package get put in place. If it's not put in place then I think we really have to hold onto our chairs.

ALAN KOHLER: Well in fact the markets are very volatile. They soared at the end of this week. So how do you see ... is the volatility a sign of vulnerability?

HAMISH DOUGLASS: I think it's a sign of a few things. I think four weeks ago, most people didn't even really see this as a risk and suddenly when you announce programs of this scale and you have the Federal Reserve stepping in and you have Germany banning short selling again, suddenly people are going, 'oh my goodness there must be something really wrong here'. And I think that has really spooked people and now people are starting to focus on the policy actions and they're actually starting to look at the data of some of these countries and it's not a pretty picture.

ALAN KOHLER: So to clarify, where do you stand? I mean, are you saying that the risk has passed or are we still hostage to events?

HAMISH DOUGLASS: Four weeks ago we started cashing in on our portfolios and taking action to really protect ourselves because we saw this moving in a very ugly direction in Europe and we were very concerned about the contagion risk you spoke about and we could have had a full-blown banking crisis on our hands, not just a sovereign debt crisis, but a banking crisis in Europe that could have rapidly spread around the world.

Today we are more relaxed on that issue because we think that the German, the French government and the US government has got the totality of this problem and they've announced a package and the ECB (European Central Bank) and the Federal Reserve has come in with sufficient force that we think if it gets put in place, which we think it will, will actually put a firewall around the issue. That doesn't mean Europe's a wonderfully happy place to be. I think they've got some very tough issues over the next three to five years. But the risk of the whole banking system collapsing in Europe, which was our primary concern, I think that risk is dissipating and we were on red alert four weeks ago on that issue.

ALAN KOHLER: Commodity prices fell 15 per cent in May, not only because of Europe, but also because of the sense that there was going to be a slowdown in China. So what's your view about the outlook for commodities?

HAMISH DOUGLASS: Well, my view on the outlook for commodities when you add China which I think unless the authorities in China are going to keep going on with the policy of expanding credit and investing ahead of the curve in fixed assets, I think it's inevitable in the next 18 months you're going to have a slowdown. Plus Europe is, they've got austerity measures, it's going to further slow the European economy.

It's very hard to gauge, but I wouldn't be surprised that in the next 12 or so months to actually see commodity prices fall very dramatically. And I would say maybe a 50 per cent fall in commodity prices wouldn't be unrealistic in that scenario, which I think is pretty likely, not assured, but I think it's pretty likely. Look, out two or three years I'm not nervous about commodities. I just think we're in a confluence of events of China having to invoke policies to stop a big problem occurring and Europe slowing down.

ALAN KOHLER: Thanks for joining us, Hamish.


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Over the next 12 months expect to see drop

"Over the next 12 months expect to see up to a 50% drop in commodities".
Google Hamish Douglas of Magellan Financial group or for full text see abc inside business.
Is He right?

if so ASK:FMG Fortecue Metals Group Limited,
had better get ready to batten down the hatches.. Its called risk.

There's dark clouds forming on the global economy..and in the political arena.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

About the mining resource supertax

Date/Time: 2010:05:27 02:04:58 Source: The Australian

THE Rudd government is moving towards a major backdown on its $12 billion tax on resources, redefining its proposed super-profits levy, but the big mining companies have declared the changes do not stop the risk to investment in Australia.

Only three weeks after unveiling the new resource super-profits tax, the government is preparing to lift the threshold definition of a super profit from 6 per cent to 11 or 12 per cent following a ferocious campaign by the mining companies.

To offset the lost revenue in raising the threshold to the same level as the existing petroleum resources rent tax, which applies to offshore gasfields, the government intends to withdraw the 40 per cent taxpayer-funded compensation originally offered for mining projects that fail.

But all the major mining companies have rejected the new proposals as "tinkering at the edges" and not addressing the main risk to mining investment in Australia. The mining companies are demanding more negotiation with the government on the issues of the retrospective application of the new tax, different rates for different minerals and the 40 per cent tax rate.

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BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers declared last night that any thought the petroleum tax would work for minerals was "naive" and demonstrated "a lack of knowledge as to how investments are made".

"Most importantly, we must understand that for each mineral we are competing against other investment destinations, and each set of minerals has a different set of competitors and those competitors set the price," Mr Kloppers told The Australian.

And Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis said from South Africa: "The government needs to do what it should have done all along and enter into full and open consultations with the industry where every aspect of the super tax is open for debate. Tinkering at the margins will not avoid the significant long-term damage this tax could do to mining investment in Australia.

"The government should stop negotiating with itself and start consulting with the industry."

Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis told the company's shareholders that Australia's reputation had already been damaged by the super-profits tax proposal.

"We are concerned that the proposed resources super tax will erode Australia's competitiveness, severely curtail investment and limit jobs growth," Mr du Plessis said yesterday. He said that some of the government's arguments for the tax and some of the statistics that had been produced to support them "could only be described as scandalous, totally scandalous".

Wayne Swan continued his criticisms of the mining companies yesterday, telling parliament they were still paying only 17c in the dollar in tax compared with the "headline rate" of 30 per cent. The Treasurer vowed to keep the 40 per cent rate for the new RSPT.

"What we have to do is extract the maximum value for the Australian people as we go forward to reform our economy, to invest in our economy and to ensure our prosperity as we go forward," Mr Swan said.

Earlier, he said the government was "interested and fair dinkum about consultation".

"The government is involved in consultation," Mr Swan said. "First of all, we have our consultation panel. Over 80 companies have been through that panel process and are talking to that panel. In addition to that, the government is continuing to talk to many mining companies about their views.

"What we are going to get for the Australian people is a fair share of the resources they own 100 per cent, a fair share - a tax which encourages investment and growth in the industry."

The government's consultation panel, headed by Treasury deputy secretary David Parker, will give its first report to the government tomorrow. It is expected to go beyond its strict limits for discussion and recommend the raising of the threshold for the super-profits tax to be lifted from 6 per cent, the long-term government bond rate, to about 11 or 12 per cent, the bond rate plus five or six percentage points.

As reported in The Australian on Monday, the lost revenue would be covered by the withdrawal of the 40 per cent compensation for failed projects to enable the government to keep its budget projections, including a $1bn surplus in 2012-13, intact.

Mr Parker said yesterday the proposed RSPT as a result of the Henry tax review was "the architecture of reform, not the engineering drawings".

"With such reforms, there will always be winners and losers, with some groups more vocal than others," Mr Parker said. "The challenge is to work together to address the issues that will inevitably arise."

Government sources confirmed that the panel was expected to recommend major changes to the proposed RSPT, including raising the threshold, but others warned it was unlikely there would be an early settlement of the negotiations with the mining companies.

In Adelaide, Mr Kloppers said a 40 per cent tax rate may have been considered appropriate when it was devised for the petroleum industry in the 1980s after two years of consultation but it was "a giant, naive extrapolation to think miraculously the same one is the appropriate rate for every mineral in 2010".

"BHP Billiton, being in the oil and gas industry and in the minerals industry, has experience on both sides and, more than other players, we understand the difference between the products themselves and between minerals more broadly," he said.

"Retrospectivity on this tax is the key determinant for Australia as a destination for investment.

"It goes against the core offering that Australia has, which is being a stable place for investment."

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Growing RSPT turmoil: miners speak out

Growing RSPT turmoil: miners speak out
25-May-10 by Emily Morgan and AAP

Minara Resources and Gindalbie Metals today joined the growing list of
miners, including FMG and Rio Tinto, speaking out over the turmoil created
by the RSPT proposal.

Small and large miners alike has expressed concern that the proposed
Resources Super Profits Tax will affect their future projects as well as the
competitveness of the Australian mining industry.

Rio Tinto weighed in this morning, making comment that the federal
government's proposed resources super profits tax has already damaged
Australia's reputation as an investment destination.

Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group became vocal again today, saying its
share price may fall due to the federal government's proposed RSPT and
describes the proposed tax as "socialist style funding".

Fortescue shares have already lost ground since the RSPT was revealed as
part of the Henry Review on May 2.

Smaller WA miners Windimurra Vanadium and Atlantic have claimed the RSPT
will not affect the success of their current projects, while Gindalbie has
said it supports reform to the current mining tax system but hopes the new
system will only apply to future projects.

"Gindalbie supports well thought out reform to our tax system. As a
principle, however, any reform proposal should apply only to new
investments, not to existing projects or projects such as Karara which are
under construction and were committed to under the expectations of the
existing system."

Minara said it will look offshore to more desirable tax jurisdictions while
the RSPT continues to threaten miner's earnings; under the RSPT rate, Minara
said it would be taxed at an even higher rate than BHP Billiton.

BHP entered the RSPT ring yesterday, albeit fighting a different battle.

The company denied federal government accusations that multinational miners
paid as little as 13 per cent tax, releasing figures which showed its
effective tax rate was 43 per cent.

Meanwhile, Minara chief executive Peter Johnstone said the company would
continue to seek to diversify from nickel laterites into nickel sulphides
and other base metals, however it will focus on favourable tax environments
such as Canada.

"Under the new proposed tax, if the rules come in, it would be much more
favourable to look at investments offshore," Mr Johnstone told AAP.

"In the world of nickel, there's no shortage of resources, particularly
laterites ... in Indonesia, The Philippines, New Caledonia, Brazil and

Mr Johnstone's comments follow statements earlier this month by Canadian MP
Brad Trost, who said the Rudd government's planned RSPT would give a huge
competitive advantage to the mining-savvy North American nation, where
corporate tax rates are being reduced.

"We will be the highest taxed (mining sector) in the world," Mr Johnstone

"We've given our competitors a free hit."

Mr Johnstone said Minara had been on the hunt for attractive acquisitions
for 12 months but would continue to be patient for the right opportunity.

Funding would be more readily available for overseas projects, he said.

Mr Johnstone also said Minara expected to pay a total tax rate of 58 per
cent if the RSPT goes through, eclipsing BHP Billiton's predicted 57 per
cent tax bill, which has been disputed by the federal government as being
much lower.

He said the commonwealth was simply ignoring other non-RSPT taxes that BHP
Billiton had factored in such as payroll tax.

"We think BHP's numbers are dead right," he said.

"Our tax will be about 58 per cent and at some point in time, depending on
which royalty regime we're operating under, could go above 60 per cent.

Mr Johnstone echoed criticism from Fortescue Metals Group Ltd chairman Herb
Elliott on Tuesday for the RSPT's big carrot to the mining sector - a 40 per
cent rebate on losses.

Such a rebate would reward companies for pursuing marginal projects, Mr
Johnstone said.

"I think it is absurd the government is going to try to pick up 40 per cent
of the risks."

Mr Johnstone said the rebate would have seen BHP Billiton receive $A1.2
billion for last year mothballing its $US2.1 billion ($A2.56 billion)
Ravensthorpe nickel laterite mine in Western Australia, which was sold to a
Canadian copper miner early this year.

"Can anybody imagine that happening? I personally couldn't.

"It is just bad policy. Nobody wants the government to become a partner in
second class developments."

He said Minara, along with the rest of the mining sector, was trying to
engage with the Rudd government about the tax.

It was unacceptable that talks thus far had been bound by non-negotiable
parameters, namely the threshold by which the tax kicks in and its 40 per
cent rate.

"Everything should be on the table," he said.

"It has to be overturned."

Shares in Minara declined 4.5 cents, or 6.34 per cent, to 66.5 cents by 1456


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

change or no change?

SYDNEY, May 27 (Reuters) - Australia's government may be considering changes
to its controversial new mining tax, which critics argue will hit economic
growth and supporters say will ensure miners pay a fair price for limited
national resources.

Treasurer Wayne Swan, after weeks of public and private debate, has so far
said he will proceed with the original "tax framework" to take effect in
2012, but details of the tax are subject to negotiation and could be


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said the 40 percent tax rate is set in stone
and will not give ground here for fear of damaging his authority in the
lead-up to elections later this year. But The Australian and The Sydney
Morning Herald newspapers reported on Thursday that Rudd's Labor party is
moving to soften the blow by redefining a windfall or "super" profit to
returns on assets exceeding 12 percent, up from 5.3 percent now.

The 5.3 percent threshold-- linked to the the 10-year government bond yield
AU10YT=RR -- is a key gripe among the miners, who think it is
unrealistically low.

A Treasury-sanctioned tax consultation panel is due to deliver its first
report to the government on Friday after meeting over the last week with
mining companies. The panel's report is expected to focus on the definition
of a super profit.

The tax is not due to be introduced until 2012, after the next general
election, so there is even a chance the government will be voted out before
it can implement it. [ID:nSGE64J02A]


The least likely point of compromise seems to be the headline rate of 40
percent. But even here, Rudd has some wiggle room, describing the headline
rate as "about right".

Beyond that, there are aspects of the complex tax which, if changed, could
dramatically lower its impact.

* EXISTING VS FUTURE PROJECTS: Australia's two largest miners, Rio Tinto
RIO.AX <RIO.L and BHP Billiton (BHP.AX) (BLT.L), have called on the
government to exclude existing mining operations and apply the tax only to
projects beginning after 2012. The government says such exclusions would
forfeit too much revenue and discourage miners from expanding.

Miners can still look to offsetting tax credits for exploration and
development costs, resulting in a lower effective tax rate than 40 percent.
But what about all the hundreds of billions of dollars already sunk into
existing projects? Will the government award retrospective tax credits for

The architect of the tax, Treasury chief Ken Henry, has argued against this.
But miners have support from some economists who suggest a credit for 40
percent of original investments. However, a group of 20 prominent academic
and business economists has publicly backed the tax, saying the sector
should fork over more of its profits. The group, including the former
chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Allan Fels,
issued a statement supporting the tax.

* FINANCING COSTS: Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group Chief Executive
Andrew Forrest (FMG.AX) says unlike company tax, the new mining tax will hit
firms higher up the profit statement, before deducting interest on
borrowings. This means banks will not fund new projects unless businesses
stump up more equity.

Playing the nationalist card, Forrest says this opens the door to
deep-pocketed foreign firms, especially state-owned Chinese ones, to buy up
stakes in new Australian projects. A compromise could involve financing
costs being excluded from calculations.


Rudd will not reverse course on the tax, despite conservative opposition
threats to overturn it if they secure an unexpected victory. But with Rudd's
support in opinion polls slipping dangerously and the tax causing unease
among voters, fuelled in part by a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign
by miners, a compromise to cool the issue politically seems certain.

It is a matter of finding a face-saving solution for Rudd that keeps the
resource giants on side.

Even if negotiations break down, there is one last hope for the miners: a
legal challenge. The largest mining state, Western Australia, is consulting
its lawyers over whether the tax exceeds Canberra's powers under the
national constitution, which forbids the centre from taxing the property of
state governments. Two constitutional experts cast doubt, however, on
whether there would be grounds for a legal challenge. [ID:nSYU009974]
(Additional reporting by Rob Taylor in CANBERRA; Editing by Ed Davies)

FMG Battles the proposed super profit tax

on the ASX yesterday, 26.05.2010

PERTH ( - ASX-listed Fortescue Metals on Tuesday reiterated
its call on the Federal government to scrap the proposed super profits tax
(SPT), saying that the tax would harm the mining industry.

"It harms the mining industry and especially Fortescue, and we are urging
the government to drop this proposal and to open a new forum for dialogue
with all industries to discuss tax reform," Fortescue chairperson Herb
Elliott said.

In an open letter to shareholders, Elliott also called on shareholders to
raise their voices against the proposed SPT.

"Please tell them how flawed this tax is and how it will continue to harm
the Australian economy. Demand that they remove this deeply troubling impost
on Australia's position as a globally respected destination for investment,
and on Australia's ability to create jobs, to keep its people employed, and
its overall economic strength," he added.

Elliott added that while Fortescue acknowledged that Australia needed a tax
reform, the company was "bewildered" by the government's inability to
consult on this "poorly thought out" proposal.

"They introduced the tax with no consultation before they took it into their
budget and no real consultation since."

But he added that while Fortescue was pleased to be working with the
Treasury consultation panel to consider and make an input into a new and
fairer tax system, the consultative process did not allow for any
negotiations or discussions on the key parameters of the government's

Elliot added that the panel had its "hands tied" behind its back by the
government, before consultation had started.

"Hence, previously healthy projects become unfinanceable. We now have a huge
new tax on the mining industry that will ultimately decimate future
investments in new projects and have a negative impact on the value of your
investment in our company," Elliott told shareholders.

The iron-ore miner has recently placed $15-billion worth of expansion
projects in the Pilbara region on hold as a direct result of the SPT.
Elliott said on Tuesday that the affected projects, the Solomon and Western
Hub projects, were of "national significance" and if developed, would
produce as much iron-ore as the equity owned in existing iron-ore projects
in the Pilbara by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

"To delay, or worse still, possibly cancel two of the world's greatest
undeveloped resource projects will impact the Australian economy for

Edited by: Mariaan Webb

FNT rose but the market will stay volatile

There were quite a few modest rises today including ASX:FMG, ASX:FNT, AND MANY OF THE TOP LEADERS. But the global market will remain volatile. Many countries owe trillions of dollars... almost unimagineable amounts, including UK owing approx 1.25 Trillion. Don't expect a miracle recovery.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


yesterday AUZ Australian mines had a good PSA - Price sensitive announcement and it went up 25%.. you can see the volume risers on the price/market stats.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

May 21 2010 all global indices fell- and FNT

If you watch the financial news you'll hear that on Monday 24 May 2010, everything was rising again and tv newsreaders will say that the market rose by ..4% for example.BUT IT ROSE from its worst low since july 2009!
at 4330 it's still nowhere near its most recent high ..over 7000 points in Nov 2007.
Its like facing a set of stairs. there is still a long way to the top and it might take 18 months to 2 years IF there are no more taxes, wars, drought, political unrest, volcanoes, major disease etc...
There will always be some companies rising when others fail but you need to do a lot of research, and then have some luck.
you could help yourself by watching the Price sensitive announcements (PSA)on the home page of the asx. and then chart them to see if you think they might attract predator buyers who will push the price up.. and remember this quote,
The Best of Times -- the Worst of Times

In 1859, Charles Dickens wrote in 'A Tale of Two Cities':

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom; it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair ..."

be cautious, be careful and judge wisely.

FNT Frontier resources is a gold miner in New Guinea, therefore not concerned about the Aussie Govt's proposed 40% resource tax. They claim they have had some good results. Yesterday they had a Price sensitive announcement and were at .075 when I bought some. Worth buying a small parcel,under ten cents and promising..

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