Resource Investing in Australia 101

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve seen some of the recent buzz around Australia as an investment space.

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We’ve compiled an informative outlook guide to the fundamentals to Australian resource investing. Learn how to invest in the ASX, popular resources stocks to buy, and gain expert insight in the market. Get your FREE starters guide to Australian resource investing!

Table of Contents

  • Australia Investing 101
  • How (and Why) to Invest on the ASX
  • 5 Top Australian Stocks in Mining
  • How the Australian Dollar Impacts Mining Companies
  • Where They Rank: Australian Mining Jurisdictions
  • Australia’s 5 Most Valuable Mineral Exports
  • Mining in Australia: Incentives and Initiatives

Dear Resource Investor,

If you're reading this, chances are you've seen some of the recent buzz around Australia as an investment space.

A country abundant with natural resources and opportunities, investors and major companies alike have been flocking to the southern hemisphere in recent years to get in on the excitement down under. Australia has been a plentiful provider across a number of sectors in the investment space for over a century; if you're curious about exploring it for yourself, here's a quick guide on the country's origins, economy and international relationships.

So how do savvy investors manage to navigate the complex market of Australian resources? That’s a question we have set out to answer through deep-seated research and conversations with industry experts. We have gathered data and insights from industry experts including investors, fund managers and CEO’s.

All of this valuable information is available to you for free in the form of our new report: Resource Investing in Australia 101.

In this new report you will find price data and top resource stocks to watch in 2019. You’ll also get an understanding of the various sectors within the Australian resource market. If you are looking to understand the true value of Australian resources to investors, this is the report you will want to read. We have done the legwork so you won’t have to.

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  • European Lithium
  • Elevate Uranium
  • Galena Mining
  • Arcadia Minerals
  • Sentinel Resources
  • Lake Resources
  • Mako Gold

What’s ahead for the Australian Resource Market?

Known for housing Australia's world-renowned Outback desert, the Northern Territory (NT) spans over 1.4 million kilometers and is ripe with mining and resource opportunities.

The NT government just recently launched the Resourcing the Territory initiative, a AU$26-million four-year game plan designed to underpin the long-term sustainability of the territory's resource sector.

More growth can be expected for the Australian resource market. Australia produced 310 tonnes of the yellow metal making Australia the second-largest gold producing nation behind China and ahead of Russia. Much of Australia's wealth is founded on gold, with a number of gold rushes triggered in the mid-1800s that super charged the nation’s development and set it down its path of prosperity through mining. Today, gold from Australia is mostly sourced from Western Australia, where the top producing gold mines in the country are located.

Australia is also known for several other valuable resources, adding to the expanding resource market. Which resources are forecasted to increase in demand and value? Our FREE outlook report has this information and more!

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What you’ve read above is just a small snippet of the content we have available within our report. On top of expert insights and pricing analysis, we’ve found high quality resources stocks that every investor should be keenly aware of.

Our report includes perspectives from resource miners, investors, major institutions and more.

This FREE special report is designed to help you!

How much would you pay for all of that? We are here to offer it for free. Why? Because educating investors with unbiased information is simply good business. It’s as simple as that.

Of course, after first asking, “Are resources in Australia a good investment?” your next question might be what are the credentials of the Investing News Network…

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Who We Are

Investing News Network is a growing network of authoritative publications delivering independent, unbiased news and education for investors. We deliver knowledgeable, carefully curated coverage of a variety of markets including gold, silver, copper and many other topics. This means you read nothing but quality opinions, expert investing advice, and never have to waste your valuable time doing hours, days or weeks of research yourself.

At the same time, not a single word of the content we choose for you is paid for by any company or investment advisor: We choose our content based solely on its informational and educational value to you, the investor.

So if you are looking for a way to diversify your portfolio amidst political and financial instability, Australian resources are a phenomenal place to start.

This is the place to start. Right now.

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  • Tempus Resources
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  • Lake Resources
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Are you worried about international trade wars affecting the economy? Global debt? Another financial crash like 2008? There are many reasons to be looking at resources as an important investment, but not all stocks are created equally.

Remember, it costs you nothing to read this special report, and it could make or break your investment in the Australian resource market this year. We’re pleased to be able to make it available to you at no cost, and hope you’ll take advantage of the expertise it delivers.

After all, there are no guarantees in life or investing, but the resource market has long been one of the closest things to it. Millions of other investors have already taken steps to secure their futures and sleep soundly at night – why would you wait any longer to get started yourself?

So I urge you to sit down today and carefully read Resource Investing in Australia 101. Keep an open mind, give its insights careful thought and take your time in making any decisions. Remember, this FREE Special Report is yours to keep, so you can refer back to it at any time to guide your future moves.

Thank you for hearing me out on this special report, and for your interest in the Investing News Network. Join me soon as a confident resource investor!

Yours for financial self-reliance,

Nick Smith

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Australia took a stand against Facebook and Google earlier this year, and the move could have long-term implications for tech investors.

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.

It stipulates that digital platforms such as Facebook and Google (both named in the documentation) must pay news outlets whose content they feature — for example, if content is shared on Facebook or shows up in Google search results. The idea is that this will help to sustain journalism in Australia.

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.

A business that is in full support of the laws is Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). During the conflict, President Brad Smith came out loudly in favour of Australia's law, and advised that his company is willing to step up with search engine Bing should Google and/or Facebook pull out of the Australian market.

"In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pushed forward with legislation two years in the making to redress the competitive imbalance between the tech sector and an independent press. The ideas are straightforward. Dominant tech properties like Facebook and Google will need to invest in transparency, including by explaining how they display news content," he said in a blog post.

"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."

Global reach and tech investor impact

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.

Countries looking to pursue similar legislation include Canada, where Facebook agreed in May to pay 14 publishers to link to their articles on its COVID-19 and climate science pages, as well as other unspecified use cases. Canada is pursuing other avenues too. Meanwhile, in France, Google said it will pay publishers for news content after the country took up new EU copyright laws that make digital platforms liable for infringements.

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.

Don't forget to follow @INN_Australia for real-time updates!

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.

Aside from Mount Isa, Glencore owns the nearby Ernest Henry copper mine. Combined, Glencore's Queensland operations produced 138,800 tonnes of copper in 2020 — accounting for a little over 10 percent of the company's global copper production. Glencore isn't listed on the ASX, but can be found on the LSE.

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.

Many of the mentioned projects ran into trouble in 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting company operations.

All in all, Queensland has 13 operational copper mines, but as can be seen many are in private hands, making investment opportunities somewhat slim. Aside from previously mentioned Glencore operations, there's Red River Resources (ASX:RVR,OTC Pink:RRRDF), which owns the Thalanga operations near Charters Towers. Red River acquired Thalanga in 2014, and has been working to develop the legacy site back into a viable investment.

From the beginning of production in 2017, the operations have a lifespan of some 10 years, according to Red River, with further development and exploration options on the table. In its most recent quarterly report, Thalanga reported output of 3,086 tonnes of copper concentrate.

The remainder of the options on the table for investors are exploration focused, such as Copper Mountain Mining (ASX:C6C,OTC Pink:CPPMF) with interests in the Eva copper project, which is — unsurprisingly — in the northwest of the state, near the town of Cloncurry. Eva is in the development phase, with a feasibility study completed in early 2020 envisaging a 15 year mine life with an annual expected output of 106 million pounds of copper equivalent.

There's also Global Energy Metals (TSXV:GEMC,OTCQB:GBLEF), which like Glencore isn't on the ASX, but has interests in the Millenium cobalt-copper-gold project and others near Mount Isa — all in the exploration stage.

Aside from that, Strategic Energy Resources (ASX:SER) acquired exploration licences from Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM,OTC Pink:NCMGF) in May 2021 for licences around Mount Isa, and Zenith Minerals (ASX:ZNC) is exploring the Develin Creek copper-zinc project. Zenith recently divested from another copper project, Flannagans, in June 2021 by selling its interests to a private company for $450,000.

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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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