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  • Mining boom not over, just shifting into a new phase, says Industry Department chief economist


    Australia's mining boom is far from over, insists federal Department of Industry and Science chief economist Mark Cully.

    He said the local resources sector was rather entering what would be the longest phase of the boom, albeit not the most lucrative.

    His optimism is at odds with gloomy signs for resources that have abounded this month, including Atlas Iron's announcement it was suspending production and Treasurer Joe Hockey's warning that iron ore prices could fall as low as $US35 a tonne.

    "A general impression which might be easy to form at the moment is that the boom is over. We reckon that's wrong," Dr Cully told an Australian Business Economists lunch in Sydney.

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