A ray of hope on Abbott's western front

Indonesia's ore export ban will force China to find new bauxite supplies. Bauxite-rich Western Australia is primed to capitalise, which could be a boon for the struggling Coalition ahead of a likely Senate re-run.

A mini-mining-boom is just what the struggling Abbott government needs in 2014. If it were going to choose a state in which it would happen, its first pick would be Western Australia.

As detailed previously, the Abbott government needs some good news in that state ahead of a highly likely re-run to the WA half-Senate election (A hideous beast awaits Abbott’s return, January 7).

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