3 MINERAL PRODUCTION (a): Original
|Reference period |
|(a) Latest figures are preliminary and subject to revision. |
|(b) For use in iron and steel making. |
|Source: ABARE, Australian Mineral Statistics; ABS data available on request|
- Diamond production has been volatile in recent quarters. Production quadrupled (in original terms) in the September quarter 2009, following a 87% fall in the previous quarter. The September 2009 figure was down by 49% compared with the same quarter of the previous year.
- Production of bauxite increased marginally (1.5%) in the September quarter 2009, following a small decrease (-2.3%) in the June quarter. Production levels were also lower (-2.8%) than in the same quarter of the previous year.
- The quantity of iron ore produced in the September quarter 2009 was almost 8% higher than in the previous quarter and 14% higher than in the September quarter 2008.
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