The Distillery: TLC from BHP

Jotters think Andrew Mackenzie has taken a more appeasing tone towards government, though one says two big rows remain.

BHP Billiton chief executive Andrew Mackenzie has laid out the company’s cards as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott prepare to play their hands. While Australia’s business commentators aren’t particularly surprised by anything that Mackenzie said in his speech to the Asia Society lunch yesterday, it’s the timing that’s significant.

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