Outback Goldfields Completes Acquisition of Victorian Gold Projects

Outback Goldfields Corp . is pleased to announce that it has completed its acquisition of certain gold projects located in Victoria, Australia from Petratherm Ltd. as described in the Company’s news releases dated August 25, 2020 and October 15, 2020 . ” This is a transformative event for Outback.  After months of diligence, the Company is finally in a position to start exploring for high grade gold in the …

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Outback Goldfields Corp . (formerly, Skarb Exploration Corp.) (the ” Company “) (CSE: SKRB) is pleased to announce that it has completed its acquisition (the ” Transaction “) of certain gold projects located in Victoria, Australia (the ” Projects “) from Petratherm Ltd. (the ” Vendor “), as described in the Company’s news releases dated August 25, 2020 and October 15, 2020 .

This is a transformative event for Outback. After months of diligence, the Company is finally in a position to start exploring for high grade gold in the Victorian goldfields. I’d like to thank the many people who have been involved in the process and the shareholders who have put their trust in the team and this venture. I look forward to the resumption of trading shortly and am excited to outline the exploration program early in the new year “, stated Chris Donaldson , CEO.

Details of the Transaction:

As previously announced, in connection with the completion of the Transaction, the Company issued 33,333,333 common shares (the ” Payment Shares “) to the Vendor as consideration for the Projects. The Payment Shares are subject to a hold period of four months and a day. The Vendor has agreed to distribute the Payment Shares to its shareholders on a pro rata basis by way of dividend, reduction of stated capital or other type of distribution in specie within 125 days.

Upon the resumption of trading in the Company’s common shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the ” Exchange “) on December 17, 2020 , the Company’s trading symbol will be changed to “OZ”.

In connection with the Transaction, the Company also completed a private placement for gross proceeds of $11,400,000 (the ” Offering “). Details regarding the Offering are set out in the Company’s news release dated November 17, 2020 .

Upon completion of the Transaction and the Offering, the Company has an aggregate of 58,370,530 common shares and convertible securities to acquire an aggregate of 10,701,150 common shares outstanding. The Company will be granting additional stock options, concurrent with the close of the Transaction, to directors, officers and consultants, under the Company’s stock option plan. An aggregate amount of 5,383,333 stock options will be granted with an exercise price of $0.60 and will vest over three years. The options are exercisable for a period of three years from the date of grant and are subject to the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange.

The Transaction constitutes a “Fundamental Change” under the policies of the Exchange. In accordance with Exchange policies, the Company will shortly file an Exchange form 2A Listing Statement (the ” Listing Statement “) under its profile on the Exchange’s website, and under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com , providing additional information regarding the Projects and the Company following completion of the Transaction.

Readers are encouraged to carefully read and review the disclosure contained in the Listing Statement. Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the Listing Statement or other disclosure document of the Company prepared in connection with the Fundamental Change, any information released or received with respect to the Business Combination may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of the Company should be considered highly speculative.

About Outback Goldfields Corp.:

Outback Goldfields Corp. is a well financed exploration mining company having recently raised over $11 million . The Company has now completed the acquisition of a package of highly prospective gold projects located around the Fosterville Gold Mine in Victoria, Australia . The Company is currently prioritizing and ranking drilling targets and anticipates launching an exploration program early in 2021. The goldfields of Victoria are home to some of the highest grade and lowest cost mining in the world.

On behalf of the board,

~signed

Chris Donaldson , CEO and Director

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities legislation that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: the Company’s business and prospects; the Company’s objectives, goals or future plans; resumption of trading in the Company’s common shares; and the business, operations, management and capitalization of the Company. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments; delay or failure to receive board, shareholder or regulatory approvals; those additional risks set out in the Company’s public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com ; and other matters discussed in this news release. Accordingly, the forward-looking statements discussed in this release, including the resumption of trading, may not occur and could differ materially as a result of these known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the companies. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except where required by law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SOURCE Outback Goldfields Corp.

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It was a ban that sent Australians wild and had the whole world watching.

Back in February, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stopped users in Australia from posting news in a week-long blackout, reacting to proposed legislation that would have forced the social media behemoth to pay publishers for content.

What prompted Facebook to "friend" Australia again, and what are the potential long-term implications of the squabble? Read on to learn what tech-focused investors in Australia should know about the situation.


Australia squares off against Facebook

On February 25 of this year, Australia's federal government passed the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code. It was developed after extensive analysis by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and is aimed at ensuring that news media businesses are fairly remunerated for their content.

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Unsurprisingly, Facebook and Google didn't react well to the code, which was first introduced in 2020.

Google didn't make any moves after it passed, but Facebook quickly made it impossible for Australian users to share news content, and pages for both local and international news organisations went blank — a major concern given the COVID-19 and wildfire concerns that were circulating at the time.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was scathing about Facebook's decision — which he ironically shared in a Facebook post — declaring the tech giant's actions "as arrogant as they were disappointing." He added, "These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behaviour of BigTech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them."

Despite strong feelings from both Australia and Facebook, the dispute was resolved fairly quickly, with the country agreeing to make four amendments to the legislation and Facebook restoring Australian's access to news.

Implications for Big Tech and news organisations

Both Australia and Facebook have claimed victory in the dispute, with a Facebook representative saying the company will be able to decide if news appears on the platform — meaning it won't automatically have to negotiate with any news businesses. Changes were also made to the arbitration process.

Tech experts have pointed out that larger news companies may ultimately benefit from the changes, but smaller ones could be pushed to the side. Major publishers that have struck agreements with tech giants, such as News Corp, Nine Entertainment (ASX:NEC,OTC Pink:NNMTF), Seven West Media (ASX:SWM) and Guardian Australia, may be able to increase their market share while smaller independent players lose out.

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"The United States should not object to a creative Australian proposal that strengthens democracy by requiring tech companies to support a free press. It should copy it instead."

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Six months down the road from Australia's landmark legislation, it's tough to say what the long-term impact may be.

That said, market watchers do believe the country is part of a new precedent of forcing Big Tech into paying for journalism — something giants Facebook and Google are not used to.

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For investors, the takeaway is perhaps that while companies like Facebook and Google may seem too big too fail, they too can fall subject to new regulations that can change how they do business. As nations around the world look to take back control from these mega companies, it's important to be aware of possible effects on their bottom lines.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Ronelle Richards, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Queensland is the 16th most attractive jurisdiction in the world, sneaking in above BC and the Yukon in Canada, and just behind New Mexico in the US.

Queensland is one of the top three Australian jurisdictions for copper.

While it's well behind South Australia, a behemoth in the country for resources and production, Queensland hosts some 12 percent of all known Australian copper deposits, level with its southern neighbour New South Wales.

A premier mining jurisdiction globally, Queensland is ranked third out of all Australian jurisdictions for mining investment attractiveness, according to the Fraser Institute. Globally, it's ranked as the 16th most attractive jurisdiction, sneaking in above BC and the Yukon in Canada, and just behind New Mexico in the US.


The state is renowned for its mining prowess in Australia, and is known as one of the resource states, with a large chunk of its economic heft coming from the mining industry and its operations across the vast state.

Overall, mining accounts for 11.7 percent of Queensland's economy, with coal and liquefied natural gas being the primary focus of output. Together, coal, gas and mineral exports account for over 80 percent of Queensland's exports, according to the state government.

Having said that, copper plays a large role, and Queensland is home to the second biggest producer of copper in Australia in the form of Glencore's (LSE:GLEN,OTC Pink:GLCNF) Mount Isa mining complex in the northwest of the state. There, Glencore owns and operates the Enterprise and X41 mines.

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Besides the Mount Isa complex itself, there's also a handful of other operational mines in the northwestern portion of the state, although most of them are privately owned, such as the Capricorn copper project, which is a joint venture between EMR Capital and Lighthouse Minerals; it secured itself "prescribed project" status in 2017.

Other privately owned projects include Round Oak's Barbara project (in care and maintenance), Chinese-backed CuDECO's Rockland copper project (mothballed, CuDECO in liquidation) and Chinova's Osborne mine — which was originally set up by Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN,OTCQX:IVPAF). There's also the Balcooma mine, which Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD) has copper royalties on, and the privately owned Mount Cuthbert mine.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Scott Tibballs, currently hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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