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Rio Tinto's Sam Walsh Awarded Order of Australia

Rio Tinto's iron ore chief, Sam Walsh, was awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen's birthday honours list. The award list is run through the governor general's office and the honour is meant to be non-political.

Executive director and chief executive Iron Ore, Perth

Mr. Walsh is the spearhead of the mining industry's attack against the government's proposed Resource Super Profit Tax or RSPT. His fierce attacks on Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd have been widely publicized.

Formerly from Brighton, the West Australian hero is being recognized for his contribution in doubling Rio's Pilbara iron ore output. IT is also the biggest private employer of the Aboriginal people in Australia.

Mr. Walsh was absolutely delighted about the recognition through the award and felt that it was a valediction of the work that the various communities groups that he worked with. He is also quite concerned about the RSPT and insists that the government needs to rethink it.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, content production, design, animation, database and networking, software, and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.


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