Iron ore price surge set to boost WA budget amid Brazil coronavirus crisis and Chinese demand

Original article by James Carmody – Page: Online : 29-May-20

The resilience of the iron ore price may provide some relief for the Western Australian government amid growing concern that the state faces a recession. Treasurer Ben Wyatt has indicated that mining royalties could be higher than forecast, which will help to offset a decline in the state’s revenue from other sources. WA’s iron ore industry has benefited from factors such as lower output in Brazil and the state’s closer proximity to China. Meanwhile, the remoteness of WA’s iron ore mines has traditionally been seen as a disadvantage, but it has been regarded as a positive during the coronavirus pandemic.


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