Newcastle teenager dies after reports of assault at Lambton Pool

A teenage boy has died and an investigation is under way after an incident at Lambton Swimming Pool on Tuesday afternoon.
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The boy, 17, died in John Hunter Hospital after he was apparently restrained by bystanders following an alleged assault on an employee of the swimming centre.

A parent told the Newcastle Herald the pool was in lockdown for several hours.

Police were called to the Lane 4 Aquatics centre on Durham Road swim centre shortly after 5pm, responding to reports an employee of the pool had been assaulted.

According to a statement, witnesses restrained the 17-year-old before police arrived.

The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

He died in hospital, police said.

The extent of the boy’s injuries were not known with police refusing to comment any further on Tuesday night.

However, a parent told the Herald someone jumped in the pool and disrupted swimming lessons.

“Obviously people were coming from everywhere trying to help,” the parent said.

“I went to pick up the kids and the pool was all in lockdown. We had to wait while they took the kids out the back of the pool.”

Authorities launched a critical incident investigation, which is standard when a member of the public dies in the course of a police operation.

In a post on its Facebook page on Tuesday night, Lambton Pool said it would be closed indefinitely.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances the Lambton Swimming Pool will be closed for an undetermined short period of time,” the post said.

“We appreciate the patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“We will update everyone as soon as possible.

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Hunt hopes Wallabies have learnt from Bledisloe capitulation

Karmichael Hunt is hopeful the Wallabies will be better prepared this time around to prevent a rampaging All Blacks team coming over the top of them like they did in Dunedin during their last outing.
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A 76th-minute try to Kurtley Beale at Forsyth Barr Stadium put the Wallabies in the box seat to knock off the All Blacks for the first time in 16 years on New Zealand soil.

However, a try two minutes later from Beauden Barrett sealed a 35-29 victory for the All Blacks in a match that will serve as a painful memory for the ns.

Hunt wasn’t there in August due to an ankle injury but is optimistic the group can repel a late All Blacks attack if they happen to be leading in the dying stages of Saturday’s match at Suncorp Stadium.

“As a player you would definitely hope they would learn from that last couple of minutes in New Zealand,” Hunt said. “If that does come to the point where we are ahead with 10 minutes to go, or five minutes to go, I definitely hope the boys understand what is required against the All Blacks. They can snatch it right at the death. We hope we’ve learnt.

“The All Blacks seem to find spots of weaknesses all throughout the field. You have to be on your guard right across the field.”

The sense of occasion will be big for the Wallabies and particularly so for Hunt who is looking increasingly likely to earn a spot on the bench in what would be his first match against New Zealand.

In his rugby league days, Hunt featured for the Kangaroos against New Zealand a total of six times from 2006 to 2008, with the last game being a loss in a World Cup final.

Coach Michael Cheika names his team on Thursday and Hunt said there was little point trying to guess whether he would get another shot in a gold jersey.

“The one thing I’ve learnt about Cheik is not to count your chickens too early, who knows where he’ll play me or if he’ll play me,” Hunt said. “I was pretty sore yesterday [after an NRC game]. As a 30-year-old I don’t bounce back as quick like Samu [Kerevi] who was running around top speed yesterday [Monday].”

Hunt revealed he almost reinjured his ankle on Sunday during an NRC match for Brisbane City.

“The ankle got twisted under me, similar to what happened in New Zealand in the last round when I tore my [syndesmosis],” Hunt said. “To be able to pull up quite fine soon afterwards was definitely a pleasing moment for me. I was a little bit scared.”

Meanwhile, scrum coach Mario Ledesma has hinted Stephen Moore will get a chance to play his final Test in in front of a home crowd in Brisbane before retiring at the end of the year.

“We haven’t given the team out but it’s his last game here in against the All Blacks,” Ledesma said. “I cannot imagine a better [way to] finish in and he really deserves it.

“He’s been serving the country and the gold jersey for a long, long, time now and to be 34 after 124 Tests and being still an important part of a Wallabies [team], is a huge, huge achievement. We will do everything to give him a good farewell.”

Lambton pool death: boy, 17, dies in hospital after incident at swim centre

Lambton pool tragedy: boy may have sustained head injuries INCIDENT: A 17-year-old died at Lambton Pool on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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INCIDENT: A 17-year-old died at Lambton Pool on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TRAGIC: The scene at the Lambton Swimming Pool on Tuesday night after an incident which resulted in the death of a teenage boy.

INCIDENT: A 17-year-old died at Lambton Pool on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

INCIDENT: A 17-year-old died at Lambton Pool on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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The boy, 17, was in the company of a carer at the pool when the incident occurred.

The teenager was restrained by several bystanders after an alleged assault on an employee of the pool.

The boy later died in John Hunter Hospital.

The Heraldunderstandsthe boy sustained self-inflicted head injuries before bystanders stepped in.

“The boy began causing harm to himself and the surrounding property,” a Newcastle City Council spokesman said.

“His carer, with the assistance of passers-by, restrained the boy to prevent him doing further harm to himself.

“During the incident the boy had a medical episode and subsequently required CPR.

“Emergency services attended the scenehowever he was unable to be resuscitated.

“We express our deepest sympathies to the family.”

Police were called to the Lane 4 Aquatics centre on Durham Road shortly after 5pm, responding to reports an employee of the pool had been assaulted.

According to a police statement, witnesses restrained the 17-year-old before police arrived at the scene.

The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

He died in hospital, police said.

Policerefused to comment any further on the extent of the boy’s injuries on Tuesday night.

However, a parent told theHeraldsomeone jumped in the pool and disrupted swimming lessons.

The pool was in lockdown for several hours.

“Obviously people were coming from everywhere trying to help,” the parent said.

“I went to pick up the kids and the pool was all in lockdown.We had to wait while they took the kids out the back of the pool.”

Authorities launched a critical incident investigation, which is standard when a member of the public dies in the course of a police operation.

In a post on its Facebook page on Tuesday night, Lambtonpool said it would be closed for a short period of time.

However, in another post, the pool announced it would reopen on Wednesday morning, describing the incident as a “tragic day”.

“Our condolences go out to the families involved. We appreciate there is a lot of speculation however it is important to remember it was a tragic day for all involved,” the post said.

“Thank you everyone for your support.”

Northern Region commander, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell, will address the media shortly before noon.

The pool is owned by the council but its operation is outsourced to Lane 4.

‘Come clean’: minister takes aim at retail lobby group

A NSW minister has launched an extraordinary attack on a key national retailers’ association, accusing it of secrecy and demanding it “come clean” about which companies it is being paid by to lobby the government.
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The attack by better regulation minister Matt Kean coincides with legislation due to pass NSW parliament on Wednesday forcing retailers to set the expiry of gift cards to at least three years, up from the present one year for most.

NSW Fair Trading estimates consumers are losing about $60 million a year due to expired gift cards.

The move has been condemned by the n Retailers Association, whose executive director Russell Zimmerman warned it “places an unnecessary regulatory burden and significant additional administrative costs” on businesses.

But Mr Kean told Fairfax Media his efforts to consult directly with retailers represented by Mr Zimmerman’s association had been thwarted as the department had been unable to find out who they are.

Mr Kean said Mr Zimmerman “is effectively a lobbyist”.

“There are important disclosure obligations for lobbyists, but the secretive n Retailers Association won’t tell anyone who it works on behalf of, or who pays its fees,” he said.

In NSW, lobbyists who are acting on behalf of a third party must register their details, including the names of who they are lobbying on behalf, with the NSW Electoral Commission.

However, executives employed by a company who lobby government do not.

As a minister, Mr Kean is required to regularly publish details of who he meets with and the issues that are discussed.

“As a minister, I have to remain open and accountable and Russell should be the same,” he said.

Mr Kean called on Mr Zimmerman to “come clean and tell consumers who you work for so they know which businesses want to pocket their cash instead of extending expiry dates on gift cards.”

In an apparent message to individual retailers effected by the change, he added: “You don’t need a lobbyist or Russell to see me. My door is always open, especially to people or businesses who want to put consumers first.

Mr Zimmerman said the association had never published its membership because of the concern that suppliers to the industry would go directly to them instead of through the ARA.

He added there was nothing to stop Mr Kean from calling retailers to consult, whether they are an ARA member or not as “it’s not just the membership we are concerned about. It’s the industry we are concerned about”.

Mr Zimmerman said he wished Mr Kean had been willing to call for submissions on the issue that would raise jurisdictional issues for national retailers and seriously consider a code of conduct.

“He has been far from helpful on this,” he said.

ACT minister hits out at federal renewables decision

The federal government’s plan to scrap renewable energy subsidies and mandate coal and gas targets shows its leadership has “succumbed to the climate deniers on the backbench”, an ACT minister says.
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ACT Greens climate change minister Shane Rattenbury made the comment in the wake of the federal Cabinet’s and Coalition party room approving the official position on Tuesday.

The change in federal policy comes in the face of the Commonwealth’s own Chief Scientist Alan Finkel recommending the government mandate a low emissions target, the only recommendation the government has ignored.

However, the federal government has argued its new proposal, which includes requiring energy retailers to meet greenhouse gas emissions standards, may help drive power prices down.

Mr Rattenbury said the switch was clear evidence that the “federal government has succumbed to the climate deniers on the backbench” in a move that would reinforce the role of coal and gas “at a time when we need to be transitioning to renewable energy”.

“Every other country in the world is not putting requirements on coal and gas, they’re putting requirements on renewables and our federal govt is going in completely the opposite direction,” he said.

“It’s devastating to see the clean energy target dropped; the Finkel report identified 50 recommendations, the federal government adopted 49 and left the most substantive one behind.

“All the other recommendations are important but this is the core of transitioning more quickly, more efficiently to the renewable energy future we need.”

Mr Rattenbury also rejected “flawed arguments” that cheaper energy prices would result, saying that the ACT’s 20-year renewable contracts allowed for certainty and predictability.

“If you invest carefully, use good energy targets and put battery storage in place to deal with those peaks then you can have a very cost effective renewable energy system,” he said.

‘Fat kid from Hey Dad!’: Gallen’s next fight opponenttalks the talk

If he had listened to Arthur Beetson when the late, great Immortal bailed him out of jail in his teens, Puna Rasaubale may well be playing footy alongside Paul Gallen instead of fighting him next month.
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Like most of Gallen’s boxing opponents, Rasaubale, has the gift the gab. For proof, look no further than his Instagram account, which is filled with 12 months worth of hilarious callouts to the Cronulla captain.

“Breaking news ??? Mr Paul ‘Pussycat, G-string, freckle-fart from K-Mart, you know you’re the fat kid from Hey Dad’,” Rasaubale said in one of his recent taunts.

“You little midget, you with the large melon. I could throw a jab from Punchbowl and hit you from here.

“Hurry up and sign the contract already so I can fight already boy. You say Sonny Bill is scared of you – I ain’t scared of you bruz, it’s time to get it on boy. November. That’s when I’m free and I know you is free as well. No more time for chitty-chatter, it’s time to bang-bang away bruz.

“Everyone wants to see you be put on your backside cuz, by a real brother. By a real soldier. By a real boxer. I’m a street brawler cuz, I grew up on the cannibal islands of Fiji bra.

“I’m going to hit ya, cook ya and eat ya, boy. Sign the contract.”

A fortnight ago, Gallen did just that. The former Cronulla teammates will fight at Sharks Leagues Club on November 10.

“Some of the callouts the boys have been showing me – I don’t know if he’s got a script but he’s unbelievable how it rolls off the tongue,” Gallen said.

“He’s pretty good at it. Hopefully he’s not as good at fighting as he is at talking crap.” @lats1986 pass this on too @paulgallen13 tell him stop ducking me.. and let’s do it already.A post shared by punapzz+frenchi (@punapzzfrenchiiiiiii) on Sep 10, 2017 at 10:18pm PDT

Bring back the sledge: Warner wants Ashes to be ‘like State of Origin’

David Warner believes the Ashes should be officiated similarly to rugby league’s State of Origin, with leeway given for and England to ramp up the on-field banter to add to the intensity of the contest.
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The Test vice-captain has signalled a return to a role as an agitating force for Steve Smith’s team nearly three years after he decided to button his lips following a spat with India’s Rohit Sharma in Melbourne.

Warner said on Tuesday he had enjoyed the spicy series against India on the subcontinent in the autumn and had England in his sights almost five weeks out from the Test summer.

“That little stuff is sort of slowly being taken out of the game. I love it as a batsman,” Warner said at the launch of the Asics playing shirts for n teams this summer in Sydney.

“If a bowler bowls a bouncer or I play and miss, and he looks at me – and not swears at me – but gives me a little bit of an earful or something then it gets you going. It’s exciting … people want to see that.

“I think that is missing a little bit from the game now. Obviously we can’t overstep the mark, but we just have to be cautious because sometimes the ICC and umpires take action over little things you do on the field.

“I would like to see it like State of Origin. Let things just flow on and you deal with everything afterwards. Let a couple of penalties go and get on with it that way.”

The match officials in the -India series this year appeared not to be opposed to that approach as a succession of verbal clashes on and off the ground went by without players being charged.

The hostilities ramped up after won the first Test, with Mitchell Starc reacting by appearing to tell India’s Karun Nair to “f— off” after getting him out and Virat Kohli making claims that had systematically cheated after Smith was caught looking towards the dressing-room balcony as he decided whether to review his dismissal. No one was booked, and despite more flare-ups during the rest of the memorable series, that remained the case throughout.

The flashpoint of the last Ashes here came when n captain Michael Clarke was fined after a stump microphone picked him up telling Jimmy Anderson to “get ready for a broken f—ing arm” at the Gabba.

Warner was also in the thick of it in Brisbane four years ago, saying England’s batsmen looked like they had “scared eyes” and describing Johnathan Trott’s efforts to hold off a rampant Mitchell Johnson as “pretty weak”.

‘s appointed attack dog in the field of years gone by has backed off in the past three years, tired of running into strife. The turning point was his run-in with Sharma in January 2015, when he was criticised for mouthing the words “speak English” to the Indian batsmen as they exchanged barbs during a one-day international at the MCG.

“I felt I had a valid point there,” Warner said. “That’s where I was really disappointed with what happened. I think everybody interpreted it the way I actually said. It wasn’t being racist or anything like that. I just clearly wanted him to swear at me in English so everyone else could hear what he was saying.”

While he has forecast resumption of aggression in the Ashes he intends to choose his words and battles more carefully this time.

“I know every time I open my mouth I get a point deducted or I get a fine of some sort, whether I’ve overstepped the line or not,” Warner said.

“Something always seems to happen, as soon as I walk in towards the batters or if I go to say something. Something always happens.

“It’s one of those things, I don’t want to have to come off the field all the time and have to fill out an incident report or whatever it is the umpires give us. So from where I stand, it’s going to have to be very, very subtle.”

Greens take on Canberra pill testing trial failure

Spilt Milk music festival at Commonwealth Park. Security check IDs at the entry. Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale addresses media in Sydney, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Greens Senator Larissa Waters has resigned from parliament over her dual n-Canadian citizenship. The second such resignation from The Greens in a week. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING
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Members of ACT Legislative of Assembly speak to a motion in memory of Jayson Hinder on Tuesday morning.Jeremy Hanson after the passing of the motion.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has sought answers over the collapse of a planned pill-testing trial at Canberra’s Spilt Milk music festival.

Set to become ‘s first trial of pill-testing on November 25, the plan received ACT government approval last month and was expected to go ahead at the Commonwealth Park event.

But it was abruptly cancelled last week amid claims the Safety Testing Advisory Service at Festivals and Events consortium had not received required approvals for the event on federal government controlled land.

The consortium was preparing to fund and operate the trial, with cooperation from police.

Spilt Milk organisers Kicks Entertainment said the consortium had not provided risk assessment, insurance and legal documentation in time for consideration by federal authorities.

It emerged on Friday former ACT Liberal opposition leader Jeremy Hanson had written to Health Minister Greg Hunt and Territories Minister Fiona Nash, complaining the plans would be in conflict with the federal government’s anti-drugs stance.

The federal government said it did not intervene to block the trial.

The National Capital Authority said no federal minister had given any instructions to block pill-testing, but the final operational plans and documentation supplied to it by the organisers had not included a specific “request to hold [a] pill-testing trial at Spilt Milk 2017”.

On Tuesday, Senator Di Natale took the issue to federal Parliament, seeking documents about the cancellation from the Turnbull government.

The Senate voted to require the government to provide any response from a federal minister to the correspondence from Mr Hanson, the ACT’s shadow attorney-general, by 6pm on Thursday, October 19.

Senator Di Natale also sought any documents from the past two months relating to the planned trial held by Senator Nash or Mr Hunt, Attorney-General George Brandis and any other government member or agency.

It remains unclear what documentation is required by the authority, given no similar trials have been held anywhere in the country previously.

A spokesman for the consortium said lawyers had been working “around the clock” to prepare the latest documents following the National Capital Authority’s request last Wednesday.

ACT Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury accused Mr Hanson of sabotaging the pill-testing trial by “calling up his mates on the hill”.

On Tuesday, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister James McGrath told the Senate the government had agreed to supply the documents and Senator Di Natale’s motion was unnecessary.

The consortium has vowed to pursue trials at other events, while consideration of plans for Spilt Milk are continuing.

A similar pill testing proposal for the Groovin The Moo festival was denied in early 2017, but ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris said free testing would be available next month “to keep people safe”.

The plan had received support from ACT Policing and would not have been in breach of any territory law.

Out of the ashes comes something good

Out of the ashes of repeated failed attempts to give us cleaner and more reliable electricity – the emissions trading scheme, the emissions intensity scheme, and the clean energy target – has come something surprisingly good.
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The national energy guarantee will do more or less what each of the other schemes would have done. It will make the electricity system cleaner (in accordance with the Abbott government’s commitments under the Paris climate agreement) while giving investors the certainty they need to work out what kind of power stations to build and when.

Because most of the other schemes were never implemented and the one that was (the renewable energy target) wasn’t made permanent, investors have been denied that certainty until now.

Chloe Munro was a member of the Finkel review into the future security of the national electricity market. She told a conference in Melbourne last week that merely having a scheme, any sort of scheme that could withstand repeated electoral cycles, would be enough to give investors the confidence to spend the billions of dollars needed to build plants likely to last as long as half a century. With no national scheme (apart from the renewable energy target, which ends from 2020) they’ve had to guess what the future schemes will require of them. The details of the scheme adopted weren’t as important as knowing it was there.

But the details of the scheme adopted by the Coalition are pretty good. Unlike earlier proposals, this new plan requires nothing of generators: no certificates, no baselines and credits. Instead, responsibility for achieving emissions reduction and reliability targets will be handed to the retailers. They will need to ensure that the mix of electricity they buy meets a known emissions-reduction trajectory and mandated reliability standard. They’re best placed to do it for the lowest possible price. They are in the business of getting value for money.

After the renewable energy target ends in 2020 there will be no requirement for retailers to buy electricity from any particular source, merely electricity whose overall mix brings about lower emissions year after year.

Will being a scheme that’s “technologically blind” give investors the confidence to build new coal-fired power stations? I doubt it. The Abbott government signed up to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030. The targets that will be given to the retailers will reflect that. Coal will have less and less place in their mix.

It’s true that they would also be given reliability standards to maintain, and that coal could help with that. But with batteries, gas and solar able to come on at the flick of a switch when renewable output is low and with coal cumbersome to fire up and difficult to fire down, they are likely to find cheaper ways of keeping power reliable.

The retailers might be asked to cut emissions by more. The Paris Agreement requires to go beyond 26 to 28 per cent, reviewing its target every five years in order to ensure global warming is kept below 2??. If signs up to do more, the retailers will be signed up to do more.

And they might have to do more in any event. Initially they will be asked to adopt a trajectory that cuts emissions by 26 per cent because that’s ‘s commitment. But they might need to do more than their share. Other polluters – in air transport, road transport, industry and farming – are finding cutting hard, and expensive. Over time it will be cheaper to ask electricity to shoulder more of the weight because that’s where the easy gains are.

Malcolm Turnbull has found a scheme that will appeal to the backers of coal (because it won’t discriminate against it), to would-be electricity investors (who want to know what the rules are), to consumers worried about prices (because it will put the suppliers in charge of getting value for money), to households concerned about blackouts (because it will require retailers to concern themselves with reliability), and to his predecessor who signed up the Paris emissions reduction target. The energy guarantee provides a means of achieving it.

Peter Martin is economics editor of The Age.

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UK billionaire kicks tyres on Rio’s aluminium assets

British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta is believed to be eyeing Rio Tinto’s n and New Zealand aluminium assets to add to his local portfolio.
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Mr Gupta, who leads the GFG Alliance which recently bought the n steelmaker and mining group Arrium, is understood to be checking out Rio’s PacAl assets at Gladstone in Queensland this week.

Rio’s PacAl assets are the Boyne Smelter and nearby Gladstone Power Station, Bell Bay Smelter (Tasmania), Tomago Smelter (New South Wales) and NZAS smelter in New Zealand. Their value has been speculated at $US1 billion or greater.

Other companies have expressed some interest in Rio’s PacAl business in recent years, but have walked away.

The Boyne smelter is the largest aluminium smelter in the country, producing more than 500,000 tonnes of aluminium per year.

Mr Gupta, who has been applauded for securing the jobs of more than 5500 Arrium workers, has in the past revealed he is interested in making more investments in .

“Looking forward, we will continue to explore opportunities to further grow our presence in in adjacent and complementary industries, including renewable energy, metals and mining,” he said in July.

Representatives of Mr Gupta and Rio Tinto would not comment on the speculation on Tuesday.

But Rio chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques gave an indication about his attitude towards asset divestment in August, when he said: “For sure, I want to clean up the portfolio as quickly as I can, but at the same time there will not be a fire sale…we want to build over time a portfolio of world-class assets by exiting some of our non-core assets, and at the same building new world-class assets.”

Media speculation of Mr Gupta’s possible interest in aluminium emerged as Rio said better rail capacity and improved productivity helped lift iron ore shipments and production for the September quarter.

In its latest operations review Rio said it was on track to meet its guidance for Pilbara iron ore shipments for 2017 of “around 330 million tonnes”. Iron ore shipments were up 11 per cent on the June quarter to 85.8 million tonnes, and iron ore production up 6 per cent.

Shares in Rio continued their strong rise on Tuesday, closing 91 cents higher at $71.46, their highest closing price since February 14, 2013.

The climb came despite Rio cutting significantly its production guidance for mined copper to between 460,000 and 480,000 tonnes. Previously, it had forecast annual production of 500,000 to 550,000 tonnes.

The company also said investigations were underway into a fatality this month at the Rio Tinto Kennecott smelter in America.

Rio also said its bauxite production for the quarter was 12.9 million tonnes, while lifting its bauxite production guidance to between 50 and 51 million tonnes.

“The business performed very well in the September quarter, with a strong quarterly production performance and a wave of productivity improvements,” Mr Jacques said.

“We continue to shape our asset portfolio and announced $2.5 billion of additional returns to shareholders from the proceeds of the Coal & Allied sale, demonstrating the robustness of our strategy and ability to invest in high-value growth whilst returning excess cash to shareholders,” he said.

Peter O’Connor, senior analyst at Shaw and Partners, said the numbers “look okay,” after assessing Rio’s quarterly report.

Mr O’Connor also said Rio had recorded a miss on copper, but acknowledged that the Escondida mine in Chile was “coming back”, although this was slower than hoped, after a long-running labour strike earlier this year.

“Another quarter of disappointing copper performance slips by???if it’s not strikes, sovereign risks, grade, and ramp-up its weather. This chunky capital base needs to start earning its return on capital. No more excuses,” he said.