Originally published in ABC The Drum on June 4, 2012

Like a man who buys a cheap house next to a pub and then complains that the noise late at night is depressing his house price, the Minerals Council has come out and complained that Australia is now an expensive place to do mining. The Minerals Council of Australia released a report by Port Jackson Partners that pointed out that cost pressures are increasing in the mining industry. It showed that since 2007, the cost of producing new capacity in thermal coal and iron ore has almost doubled. It claimed we have also lost our dominance in mining competitiveness to other nations around the world. Then in predictable fashion, it called on the Government to fix all their problems. Large global mining companies thinking governments have all the answers – whatever happened to market forces?

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