Focus issue 154 February 2009
Contributors discuss how to maintain the economic impact – diminishing resources and enhanced competition versus our focus
on research, exploration, safety, robotics, and next-generation engineering
Can we meet the world’s minerals challenges
By Peter Lilly
Australia’s longest ever minerals boom has clearly passed. The world economy is fragile,
commodity prices will become more volatile and capital more difficult to obtain.
Maintaining the economic impact of our minerals
By Neil Williams
More favourable economic conditions will return and drive increasing demand
for many mineral commodities in the short to medium term.
Using our research lead to stay ahead
By Robert LaNauze and Paul Greenhill
It is important to keep the focus on the longer-term research pathways
that will assist the eventual Australian mining industry recovery.
Also in this issue:
Promoting Australia's advancement through technology