OceanaGold says "possible business combination" is in the offing.
Sams Creek Gold Ltd posted a loss of $7.3 million in calendar 2014.
HSBC chief Australasia economist Paul Bloxham says the GDP data helps to show the domestic economy is recovering.
Mineral exploration is risky and, although politicians have occasionally made brave speeches supporting it.
A new report puts the onus on central government to turn red tape into "green gold"
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