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Point 9 - Reassertion of national control over Australia's oil and gas and huge mineral resources
Point 9 - Reassertion of national control over
Australia's oil and gas and huge mineral resources.

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Point number nine calls for:

The reassertion of National control over Australia's oil and gas and huge mineral resources, by "buying back the farm", or through other necessary government action.

This is the unfinished work of Gough Whitlam and Rex Connor. Australia is home to the world's largest diamond mine, the Argyle mine in the Kimberleys, and we also rank in the world's top six producers of bauxite, cobalt, gold, iron ore, lead, lithium, manganese ore, mineral sands, nickel, silver, tantalum, uranium and zinc. As for reserves, we have the world's largest economic demonstrated resources of bauxite, lead, mineral sands (alluvial ilmenite, rutile and zircon), tantalum, uranium, silver and zinc, and are among the world's top six for black coal, brown coal, cobalt, copper, diamonds, gold, iron ore, lithium, manganese ore, nickel and rare earth oxides. Australia also ranks 11th in world production of natural gas, the North West Shelf Project alone responsible for producing, marketing, and transporting one-tenth of the world's current supply of liquified natural gas. Most of these bountiful resources are in the control of the British Crown's raw materials cartel, led by the Queen's own mining company, Rio Tinto. Rex Connor's vision was to use this huge wealth for the development of Australia. It is important this be achieved, if we are to progress from being nothing more than a glorified quarry for our colonial masters.


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