Indian mining giant Adani is joining mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer in being allowed to mine for coal in Queensland's Galilee Basin.
The share market has edged lower, with falls by banks and retailers outweighing stronger mining stocks.
Private hospital operator Healthscope has enjoyed a positive return to the share market despite a flat performance from the rest of the market.
Mining services firm Boart Longyear's earnings continue to fall, but it says the decline in demand from resource companies may be over.
Investors are more interested in Leighton's upcoming restructure than a 20 per cent slide in the company's first half profit.
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Monday
BHP Billiton is seeking government approval to expand trials of a cheaper mining process that could help restart its Olympic Dam expansion plan.
Tatts and Tabcorp are heading to the High Court to challenge a ruling over the payment of $42.6 million in levies to the Victorian government.
National Australia Bank has reaped $1.14b from the sale of bad loans from its British commercial real estate business.
The Australian Dollar is set for a relatively flat finish after a turbulent week that yielded plenty of intraday volatility.
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