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LIVE – Updated at 00:13 Follow the day’s updates live.   00:13 Driven by EV takeup and decarbonisation Australia’s biggest lithium

miner has had an “absolute cracker” December quarter on strong production and growing global demand. “It’s all coming together at the perfect time,” Pilbara Minerals CEO

Dale Henderson said on an investor call on Friday. “What an amazing quarter we’ve had.” Chief financial officer Brian Lynn said the December quarter was an

“absolute cracker” with a strong operating margin supporting an $815 million increase in the cash balance to $2.2 billion. He said operating costs continued to be

elevated and are still being impacted by labour shortages and supply chain shortages. “There is this general inflationary pressure being experienced,” he added.

The company has not yet started paying tax. The first payment, of $90 million, will be made to the tax office in February. - With AAP   00:06

Eden Gillespie Queensland environment department denies it is investigating new footage of alleged crocodile on North Stradbroke Queensland’s environment

department has denied media reports that they are investigating new footage of a crocodile on North Stradbroke Island. 7News reported on Friday that the department was

looking into a video that had recently emerged of a crocodile on a beach on the island. The network claimed wildlife officers were set to travel to the beach and that the

beach’s name had not been made public to avoid scaring away the croc.