Australia’s record mining investment to ease mid-2013
News from Treasury – Reuters:

CANBERRA | Wed May 30, 2012 10:02pm EDT

CANBERRA May 31 (Reuters) – Australia’s record mining boom investment is set to ease from mid-2013, but demand from China and other Asian nations for the country’s resources would continue to fuel investment for some considerable time, Australia’s Treasury said on Thursday.

Australia is in the middle of its biggest mining boom since the gold rush of the 1860s, with about A$ 500 billion ($ 486 billion) of investment in the pipeline, Treasury’s head of macroeconomics David Gruen said.

But Gruen said investment in resource projects would taper off after the 2012-13 financial year, which ends in July 2013.

“It can’t go on growing at that rate, and it can’t stay at those sort of levels,” Gruen told a parliamentary hearing on Thursday.

“There is no question that if you look out the next few years, our expectation is we’re not going to see continued growth at anything like this rate beyond 2013.

“In fact it seems very likely that the level of investment in the mining secto…………… continues on Treasury – Reuters

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