Anthony Cheadle

Published in National Mining
 |  Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:47

In a move sure to upset those with a “work hard, drink hard” mindset, Rio Tinto have announced plans to call last drinks at its Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia. In a radical sidestep away from the history of mining which has been inextricably linked with that of a heavy drinking culture, the big miner has decided that its workforce can no longer relax after a hard shift in the wet mess

Published in Business
 |  Monday, 17 February 2014 10:26

Prime Minister Abbott’s recent announcement of a royal commission into alleged corruption within Australian trade unions has sparked divisive debate about the role and function of the union movement in modern day Australia.

Certainly, a Liberal government announcing a royal commission into union corruption is always going to cause a stir on both sides of politics

Published in National Mining
 |  Monday, 09 December 2013 11:29

Tis the season to be jolly. But are there any reasons to be happy if you’re a miner and you have to work this festive season? Let’s face it, most of us don’t want to be working at this time of the year and would much rather be spending time with our family and friends and eating good food and maybe indulging in a tipple or two. Yet sometimes, for those who work in the mining industry, working over Christmas is often part of the package

Published in National Mining
 |  Thursday, 28 November 2013 14:46

The protestors currently blocking major Coal Seam Gas (CSG) operator Santos access to the Pillaga State forest in NSW maybe have versions of the film Avatar playing out in their heads. You know the scenario: big heartless mining company arrives in town to rip up and destroy a pristine environment just for the sake of their profit. But is it really the case that mining today equates with unscrupulous companies wanting to plunder untouched natural habitats, just like the fictitious mining entity RDA threatening the beautiful world of Pandora in its unrelenting search for unobtanium

Published in Just For Fun
 |  Tuesday, 22 October 2013 12:07

Bigger isn’t always better, but in the mining industry it usually is. Big machines unearthing big loads of ore to make big bucks leads to some pretty sizeable holes in the ground. So we set out to answer the question: just what are the biggest mines in the world? We qualified what constitutes ‘big’ in the mining industry by looking at: the largest open pit mine, deepest underground mine, biggest workforce, largest tonnage extracted and most profitable mine. What we’ve dredged up is sure to astound you – in a big way.

Published in National Mining
 |  Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:09

The North-Western Queensland city of Mount Isa is inextricably linked to the fate of mining. With the recent China slowdown and related transition in the Australian resources sector, Minetalk spoke with Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady to discuss the impact this was having on Mount Isa. In the interview, Mayor McGrady gave his insights about the recent Glencore Xstata merger, railed at the suggestion of 500 workers being made redundant as a result, commented on how the current status of the mining sector is a case of "ebbs and flows", predicted that uranium mining could be a future reality for Mount Isa Mines and gave his (pointed) opinion on Tony Abbott and the FIFO worker debate

Published in National Mining
 |  Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:19

Little known fact: when the Australian economy first began to ride on the sheep’s back in the 1890s, sheep farmers used their political muscle to gain important wins that would ultimately benefit their industry and improve their profits. Indeed, Bill Abbott (no relation to Tony) was both a sheep farmer and a politician who, as president of the Pastoralists’ Federal Council, led an anti-shearer union charge that effectively brought an end to the Australian Shearers’ Strike of 1891 in favour of the farm owners.

Now that Australia rides on the miners’ back it seems history repeats as powerful miners aim to use their influence and resources to change the Australian political scene to benefit their interests

Published in National Mining
 |  Friday, 20 September 2013 10:15

Breaking news: the mining boom is over. In further breaking news: the mining boom isn’t over. This is the way the Australian mainstream media have been reporting on the mining industry in recent months. Yet avid readers of minetalk will know that no matter what the doom and gloom merchants say, there is still money to be made in mining.

Published in National Mining
 |  Thursday, 05 September 2013 13:03

In a bid to cater to the ever increasing list of needs required to retain FIFO workers, a new accommodation village located just outside of Darwin is set to feature a cinema, world class tavern and an internet café.

The impressive features of the Howard Springs accommodation village smack of a bid to keep FIFO workers happy. The accommodation village is getting ready to house about 3,500 FIFO workers for the Inpex gas processing plant at Blaydin Point, Darwin. And it looks as if they aim to keep them from jumping ship

Published in Opinion
 |  Tuesday, 30 July 2013 16:57

Mining is one of the toughest industries in which a person can work.

Australian mine sites are located in some of the harshest environments known to man.

That said, of course there are the more ‘cushy’ jobs on a mine-site, but if one looks at the mining industry as a whole one quickly comes to the conclusion that mining is definately a hard task master



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