News Wrap

IN TODAY’S News Wrap: BHP steps into war of words over a supposed secret deal with Julia Gillard; booming mineral prices cause a decline in productivity; and Apex Minerals gets a $4 million lifeline.

No secret deal with Gillard: BHP

BHP Billiton has stepped into the war of words between Andrew Forrest and Prime Minister Julia Gillard, rejecting Forrest’s claim it was involved in negotiating a