News and Views

Mining Indaba - Risks and Reflections

As Mining Indaba kicks off its 25th anniversary, let’s look at how risks associated with the mining industry in Africa have changed.

Whilst some of our observations may seem like common knowledge, it is worth reflecting on the risk landscape to ensure we are ever mindful of the constant need to remain relevant and reset.

Reduction in Corporate Tax Rate

Changes, changes and more changes - Bringing forward the company tax cuts

Following on from the various changes to company tax rates earlier in the year, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Lower Taxes for Small and Medium Businesses) Bill 2018 was introduced and passed by the Senate relatively quickly last week. The Bill proposes to bring forward the tax cuts for small and medium businesses. The Bill is currently awaiting Royal Assent.

Lithium Report

WA is strategically placed to take advantage of increased lithium demand created by the ever growing battery industry. By 2025 it is expected the lithium-ion battery market will reach a value of USD $93.1 billion, equating to a CAGR of 17.0%. This demand uplift will be driven by increased consumption and development of electric vehicles, portable consumer electronics and grid storage systems.

Death and Taxes

As much as we would like to think we are immortal, the truth is the opposite and if you pass away without a will, the complications you leave behind are significant. If you do not have a will, the time it takes for the administrator of your estate to gain control of the assets is also much longer.

A World of Uncertainty

We live in an uncertain world
 
Trade tensions, country leaders who do not follow the status quo, wars and rumours of wars…
 
It can be easy to adopt a “bunker mentality” and hunker down for a long, cold economic winter ahead. Curiously, it’s not all bad news for Australia...

Company Tax Cuts and the National Energy Guarantee

What a week it’s been. We now have a new Prime Minister after a week where we saw the government confirm it will not proceed with pushing company tax cuts through the Senate nor bring them to the next election. Similarly, the National Energy Guarantee has been put on the back burner.
 
We have to wonder whether politics and votes now have greater influence on policy, than convictions and what is best for the economy.

Manganese: Is it the Forgotten Battery Mineral?

Peter Gray and Josh Snow from Moore Stephens WA in conjunction with industry partners have been researching further into manganese, a key battery component, looking to determine if it is in fact the “forgotten battery mineral”.

Moore Stephens WA has extensive experience dealing with entities involved in the processing and development of metal-ion batteries, with practical knowledge designed to further understand the industry and its patterns and trends.
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