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Rio in reverse?

Published by MAC on 2006-03-22


Rio in reverse?

22nd March 2006

Despite backing Australian conservative ("liberal") prime minister John Howard's late 2005 scheme to strip trade unions of their hard-won gains, Rio Tinto - joined by BHPBilliton - now seems to be back- tracking on its support.

The company has also denied being in discussions with the Papua New Guinea government over resumption of mining on Bougainville.

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