Miners given a leg-up

Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer will be helped in their bids to develop coalmines in Queensland's distant Galilee Basin after Premier Campbell Newman indicated he would reduce royalty rates for mines in the region. Pundits have been sceptical about the Galilee projects' viability on the back of recent slumps in thermal coal prices.

Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer will be helped in their bids to develop coalmines in Queensland's distant Galilee Basin after Premier Campbell Newman indicated he would reduce royalty rates for mines in the region. Pundits have been sceptical about the Galilee projects' viability on the back of recent slumps in thermal coal prices.

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