Calls for Australian-US mineral alliance

ACADEMICS have called on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to build a minerals alliance with the United States so Australia’s vast mineral inventory can breathe some life into the US manufacturing sector, which, they claim, desperately needs secure supplies of the metals Australia produces.

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According to Queensland University of Technology associate professor of technology management and strategy Robert K Perrons and University of Queensland professor of energy and the environment Saleem H Ali, an alliance focusing on research, exploration, development, and the secure sourcing of critical metals between the two countries could provide a win-win for both.

Turnbull visited US President Donald Trump in Washington DC earlier this week to build trade connections with the US and discuss a range of security-related issues.

In a statement, Perrons and Ali say Turnbull wasted an opportunity to cover an increasingly important potential dimension of cooperation between the two nations that considers the comparative a...