A - Power, Politics & Money
Massive cost blowouts stall progress with magnetite mining - The Kintyre uranium project in the Pilbara secures Indigenous approval - Plans for third runway at Perth Airport delayed as Govt and Opposition bicker - WA Police claw back slashed budget - $5 million to keep mentally ill people out of prison - Senator: Time to speak out about Papua abuse - Slow progress on the Guildford Hotel - and the last in our series on fracking.
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The Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC) has signed off on its approval of the Kintyre Mining Development Indigenous Land Use Agreement - a document required for the development of the Kintyre uranium deposits in WA's east Pilbara region.  read article »
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In mid-2006, CITIC Pacific bought a 25 year lease from self-made billionaire Clive Palmer that gave the company the right to mine 2 billion tonnes of magnetite with the option of 4 billion more.

The joint venture between Hong Kong-based CITIC Pacific and China's state-owned Metallurgical Group Corporation is located at Cape Preston, around 100km from Karratha.

Since 2006 the Sino Iron project has suffered major setback after major setback and has blown initial budget figures out by an astonishing $US5 billion.
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Plans for a third runway at Perth airport have been delayed, with the Labor and Liberal-National parties debating which route to take to reduce Perth’s growing airport congestion.

Perth's domestic and international terminals currently share the same two runways and are both affected by congestion.

The government is debating whether to build a third runway at Perth airport, or to make an alternative arrangement to allow fly-in fly-out workers to use the RAAF base in Pearce, 50 kilometres north east of Perth.
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With West Papua in a fragile state after clashes between the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), Greens Senator Dr Richard Di Natale believes Australian officials must raise the issue of human rights abuses in the region with their Indonesian counterparts before the situation becomes more violent.

Senator Di Natale compared the situation to East Timor while pointing out that Australia’s relationship with Indonesia could be a factor behind the government not pushing the issue further.
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The WA Government has allocated $5 million over two years for a Mental Health Court Diversion Program for people with mental illness.

The program is the first of its kind in WA and it will begin in early 2013.
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This year the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) is spending more than $14 million identifying fracking chemicals used in Australia. So far, it believes that there are between 80 and 90 different chemicals used in the fracking process that now have to be formally identified and assessed. read article »
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Decisive action by the WA Police Union has clawed back most of a severe budget cut proposed by the State Government.

When the cuts were announced WA Police Union President George Tilbury asked union members to notify the union immediately if they believed any of the cuts were affecting front-line police work.
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Four years after the historic Guildford Hotel was gutted by fire, progress is (at last) said to be on its way. But the Guildford community is still concerned.

The heritage hotel, built in 1886, was severely burned in 2008 and it is still yet to be restored or repaired. It is surrounded by scaffolding and deteriorating further as time passes.
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