Gina Rinehart ushered into miners’ Hall of Fame

Gina Rinehart has followed in her father’s footsteps.

Article courtesy of the Kalgoorlie Miner

WA billionaire Gina Rinehart was last night inducted into the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame in recognition of her contribution to the State’s resources sector.

Mrs Rinehart was installed under the category of Entrepreneurs and Promoters, for her achievements in leading the development of Hancock Prospecting’s Hope Downs and Roy Hill iron ore mines.

Her father, Lang Hancock, was also a recipient of the award. They are the only father-daughter inductees in the awards’ history.

“In addition to her corporate successes — which have directly led to the creation of thousands of jobs, as well as a material addition to the WA and Australian economies in the form of various taxes and royalties which will accrue to respective governments for many years — Mrs Rinehart is also to be commended for her often unheralded philanthropic donations and her support for numerous sporting and charitable organisations,” Hall of Fame chairman Chris Cairns said.

The recognition follows Mrs Rinehart’s receipt of the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at this year’s Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in October, the second only person and first female to win the trifecta of awards at Diggers.

Another honour for Mrs Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, HPPL, Roy Hill, S.Kidman & Co

Congratulations to Mrs Rinehart for her induction into the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame.

Tonight Mrs Gina Rinehart was inducted into the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame at the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies’ (AMEC) annual awards dinner in Perth.

Mrs Rinehart was inducted under the category of Entrepreneurs and Promoters, in recognition of her outstanding achievements in leading Hancock Prospecting’s development of both the Hope Downs mines and Roy Hill mine. Please see her official biography here as posted on the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame website.

Since its inception in 1995, the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame has only inducted one father and daughter. Mrs Rinehart’s late father, Lang Hancock, was a past inductee and the two of them make up the only father, daughter inductees in history.

“In addition to her corporate successes – which have directly led to the creation of thousands of jobs, as well as a material addition to the WA and Australian economies in the form of various taxes and royalties which will accrue to respective governments for many years – Mrs Rinehart is also to be commended for her often unheralded philanthropic donations and her support for numerous sporting and charitable organisations,” Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame Chairman Chris Cairns said.

“Gina Rinehart is a great advocate for the Australian mining industry, and a very worthy inductee to the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame for 2020.”

This recognition follows Mrs Rinehart’s receipt of the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at Diggers and Dealers in October, the second only person and first female to win the trifecta of awards at diggers and dealers.

Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame acceptance speech, Mr. Tad Watroba, Executive Director of Hancock Prospecting accepting on behalf of Mrs Gina Rinehart

Thank you, Mr Chairman for this comprehensive factual introduction of Mrs. Rinehart.

Honourable Minister, Honourable Bill, I haven’t seen you for a long time, all other distinguished guests and friends in mining. I’m very honoured to witness Mrs. Rinehart being introduced into the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame tonight. Regrettably, she was unable to arrive in Perth in time for this event tonight. I’m sure she would of loved to be here with us.

This 2020 COVID year challenged all of us but hopefully next year will be relatively normal.  I think the – okay I can’t resist, I have to get a shot for the politicians – COVID gave politicians such much power *gestures* and they really enjoyed it.

*Applause and Laughter*

To be fair, they did a good job.

But when I saw these emotions and our premier standing *folds arms* and the borders shut ‘we don’t want you here’, ‘don’t come here’. I was a bit worried for friends and families.

I am a very lucky man indeed, tonight, as the Chairman said we are witnessing the first father and daughter double in the hall of fame history. Back in 2001, I witnessed the reopening of the beautiful building of the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame – where the father of Mrs. Rinehart was inducted as one of the first inductees.

For that occasion, Mrs. Rinehart located and bought a small Oster single engine plane somewhere on the east coast, same as her father was using in aerial exploration in Pilbara. The Oster flew from Perth to Kalgoorlie, on its own – with the pilot of course, and then hung proudly in the mine gallery of the hall of fame.

Now it is her fabulous moment, how well deserved, as we can all agree. The Chairman said most of the main things that can be said about Mrs. Rinehart’s achievements. The only thing missing was about the person who she really is. I, as a person who was in the Hancock office already when she took over the company in 1992 might know some more than people think they know.

Obviously, I’m not going to disclose any secrets here.   She is definitely a chip off the old block; however, I think she is also quite different in a number of ways. Mrs. Rinehart from the beginning has shown enormous determination to achieve what her father wanted and more. Things which he couldn’t do in his lifetime. She – for a change, hasn’t been shy to go to the banks and borrow money to put them into the ground in searching for the big one.

As the Chairman mentioned the company was financially, modestly speaking in a very weak position. Nevertheless, she borrowed the money, spending its entirety on exploration studies, marketing, all sorts of necessary and unnecessary approvals. Hope Downs was born, and she also –by the way – sold her father’s aeroplane (which was very nice). 

We all know that Hope Downs was 50/50 JV with Rio Tinto. It wasn’t the plan in the beginning though. Mrs Rinehart and all of us were dreaming of an independent mine with a separate railway and port. We eventually received a state agreement and necessary permits to build such a project which had partners from South Africa, but that didn’t work. Then we talked with steel makers in China and later with companies in Japan that also hasn’t been successful.
Mrs. Rinehart was always travelling overseas leading the difficult negotiation with us assisting her as much as we could. The timeline for Hope Downs development proposal was rapidly approaching – and some people wanted us to actually loose the entitlement to Hope Downs.

She turned to her father’s old friends, Rio Tinto, and we made a deal in two weeks. It was probably the most intensive time for her and for the whole team. Some night’s Mrs. Rinehart slept on the couch in her office – I snoozed on the floor in my office (the carpet was really soft) for a few hours and then we were back in the boardroom. We had one team. Rio Tinto had team A for day shift, team B for afternoon shift and occasionally they had C team for nights. It was really hard.

Nevertheless, we finished our last negotiation in the last hours of the evening, got the development proposal printed and we took it to the minister just within time.  The proposal copies were still warm, I remember – I was holding them and they were still warm from the printer. And we all celebrated with a very late dinner as per Gina’s request after that. Mind you it was the last day and the third extension of the state agreement. That was the last time we had a chance.
Mrs. Rinehart isn’t shy of celebrating special achievements, however, when she moved to the office after her father’s passing one Friday after 6pm, walking around the office she discovered that our geological technical team had our tradition of Friday drinks. We all bought a couple of beers or wine and enjoyed quietly. She didn’t say anything – she just called the MD to her office and after a couple of minutes he came back with a red face and he closed out the tradition permanently. We thought it was unfair but in hindsight it was a good move. Although in the early 90’s it was a very pioneering move especially in West Perth.

She is a demanding boss with a vision and eagle focus. There was some well-known industry experienced man who she invited to help her to run the company, but he didn’t last. There were various rumours circulating around, but the real reason genuinely for their departure was that they thought they knew better, even if they didn’t. A classic attitude – what woman would know how to run an exploration and development mining company. History has proven them wrong. We are a private company so we don’t have company shares to reward employees with.  In the initial years, practically until Hope Downs started generating an income and iron ore price and royalties started to rise, mainly from Rio Tinto, our salaries were quite average, with an occasional bonus, also modest. There simply wasn’t much money after exploration and studies to be shared around.

Things much improved after Hope Downs started. She also had faith in people working in the company. As an anecdote I’ll share Hope Downs financing process. We needed fifty percent of the development capital to be project financed. From memory it was 750-800 million AUS dollars. Those days it was a huge amount of money for us, a small company with negligible cash reserves.

We invited a number of financial advisors to do a beauty parade in our office to show what they could do for us for tens of millions of dollars in fees of course.  After up to 4-5 presentations, Mrs Rinehart looked at us in the boardroom and said, “boys, you know more about this than those jokers (or something similar), let’s do it ourselves.” We of course didn’t believe we could do it but if the boss wanted, we had to do it and we did.

After Hope Downs, there was a turn for Roy Hill, this is a story of real determination. Back in 1992 the opinion was BHP had dropped the tenements. They didn’t want to prospect as they thought it was a waste of money. This view was held, not just from outside, but from within also, our own geological team and I, who all had a vague idea of what iron ore was!. How wrong we all were, the boss was right as always!

Roy Hill is now a star in the Hancock crown.  To be fair to BHP they drilled in the wrong places and commented on historic drilling. When we started exploring the area initially after 1993, we did very limited work and we started to discover the good quality ore. The real work started after 2005 after Hope Downs was built. To bring the project to fruition there wasn’t an easy way, we have to mention that various state governments weren’t openly supportive of Mrs Rinehart and her project. Firstly, Port capacity, for Hope Downs we had 2 births at Harrow Point after dealing with Rio and the ore went to dump there and we thought we could keep these berths for Roy Hill. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case another company got it. We promised we’d get 2 births with 50mt capacity in the South West Creek requiring an enormous amount of dredging.

We thought great pity, but life goes on, unfortunately there was a change of heart and we were told we would get 1 berth. That would have made the project uneconomic, it took a lot of effort to get that decision reversed. The only nerve wrecking experience was with the railway from the mine to Port Hedland. The only optimal route was through third party tenements in areas where there was no economic ore.  The Government representatives promised they would help but nothing came out of it. Eventually we had to spend an unnecessary 400 million extra to get around challenging hill terrain. And again, none of us thought it was possible, but our Chairman thought otherwise. With her determination we did it.

With the finances for Roy Hill at least 10 times bigger than Hope Downs we followed the previous model without the leading financial advisor very successfully. And of course, we were rewarded as handsomely with a big party after signing the finance deal. This is Gina Rinehart even today she’s still very determined to chase new goals / new projects; she’s still demanding but at the same time supportive of the team and generous. Don’t believe what a few disgruntled ones might say at times. I’ve been with the company nearly 30 years now and with her almost 29. Would I stay with her that long if she wasn’t an inspirational one?

I could stay talking for hours to reminisce about those times but now is time to have a drink for her good health.
Thank you very much again for inducting Mrs Rinehart.

*Applause*

ROY HILL HOLDINGS HAS WON THE CDE MINING MINERALS PROCESSING OF THE YEAR AWARD

Article courtesy of Australian Mining

ROY HILL HOLDINGS HAS WON THE CDE MINING MINERALS PROCESSING OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR ITS WET HIGH INTENSITY MAGNET SEPARATOR PLANT, WHICH SAVES HIGH-GRADE ULTRAFINE IRON ORE UNITS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE END UP ON THE TAILINGS WASTE PILE

ROY HILL’S WHIMS PLANT PROCESSED ITS
MILLIONTH TONNE OF IRON ORE IN MAY 2020

 

Roy Hill built the wet high intensity magnet separator (WHIMS) plant in 2018 to deliver another four to five million tonnes of highgrade iron ore from the mine, increasing its export capacity to around 60 million tonnes.

By filtering tailings through a series of electromagnets that extract the iron particles, Roy Hill is able to recover iron from the waste and place it onto the stockpiles for production.

Roy Hill achieved first ore from the plant in December last year and commenced production during January, hitting a production milestone of one million tonnes by May.

The Australian Mining Prospect Awards judges were most impressed by Roy Hill’s clear demonstration of using smart innovation to process minerals in a more efficient and sustainable way.

“Of particular emphasis in the nomination was Roy Hill’s commitment to ‘challenge, adapt and modify our approach to create new ways of working’,” judge and Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy chief executive officer Stephen Durkin says.

“(This) positive attitude reflects excellence not only in Roy Hill’s operation but should provide inspiration for all companies and professionals in the sector.” In addition to boosting production at the Pilbara mine, the Roy Hill WHIMS also has significant environmental benefits, decreasing the amount of waste sent to the tailings pile by up to five million tonnes per annum.

Durkin also describes Roy Hill as a leader in the space of decreasing wastage with a WHIMS plant.

“Roy Hill’s thought leadership in recovering ultrafine iron ore through its WHIMS plant has also positively influenced the broader sector, with other companies now investigating how to adopt the process in their own operations,” he says.

“This provides a clear example of one company’s commitment to efficiency and sustainability driving better outcomes for the rest of the industry and community.” Roy Hill turned this piece of innovative equipment into something deeply personal to the company, painting the WHIMS plant pink to honour Roy Hill executive chairman Gina Rinehart’s long-term commitment to breast cancer research.

Through the Rinehart Medical Foundation, Roy Hill has supported a two-year program worth $500,000 to support cancer patients.

Although about 200 people in the Pilbara are required to travel the 1600-kilometre trip to Perth for treatment, this was the first outreach program specifically set up for Pilbara patients.

CDE Mining, sponsor of the Australian Mining Prospect Awards Minerals Processing of the Year award, values excellence in innovation and sustainability in the mining industry such as the Roy Hill WHIMS plant.

The company states that it is proud of the talent showcased in the Minerals Processing of the Year category in 2020, with each finalist bringing innovative talent to the global minerals processing community.

“The Prospect Awards highlight the value of mining and minerals projects that contribute to the local economy every day without compromising on safety and environmental protection,” CDE Mining states.

“We’re delighted to sponsor the prestigious awards’ Minerals Processing of the Year category in 2020.” Roy Hill edged out fellow finalists Weir Minerals, presenting Tronox with a total asset management (TAM) agreement and the OceanaGold Haile gold mine in South Carolina, the United States.

Weir Minerals presented Tronox with the TAM agreement to increase production, which helped it to reduce downtime by 75 per cent and shut intervals by 33 per cent, while saving 10 per cent on maintenance costs.

OceanaGold launched three projects across its minerals processing operations at Haile: the CIL Advanced Control Expert (ACE) and Destruct ACE for continuous reagent monitoring, Carbon Scout management readings and Derrick’s G-Vault screens to reduce operational risks.

Reflections on a lifetime in the mining sector | Why does Australia need mining?

Reflection on a Lifetime in the Mining sector

Reflections on a lifetime in the mining sector

Ron Manners AO

I often remind people that the industry of mining exploration and production is the most creative industry in the world.  We often forget this.  It is true because you start by going out-back where there is nothing.

The terrain is harsh and even the trees do not grow in areas like Laverton or the back of Newman.  However, despite this, the mining industry combines human ingenuity, capital, and science to gather the necessary information and knowledge before taking a risk and drilling a hole.

Then, the odds are about one chance in 10,000 that you might strike something of interest.  Consequently, it is high risk, and this is also often forgotten.  When the bureaucrats, sitting behind their desks, look at mining studies they calculate that the value of the tenements increases with more expenditure. Now, this is true if it is a building project, a block of apartments, or an office block, but with mining – it is the opposite.  Often, the more you spend, the more worthless it becomes, as you often find nothing.

Try and explain that to a bureaucrat – they do not get it.  Try and explain to a bureaucrat that if they lowered the rate of tax they will collect more tax.  How could that be?  However, it works.  Countries that lower their tax, raise more tax, and there are many examples of this.

The other thing I will mention today is that there are two different sets of decision making.

One set is the “business type of decision” making.  The mining industry, particularly in Western Australia, is a classic example.  If there is a risk and problems occur, such as the Coronavirus crisis, what is the first thing on your mind?  It is to maintain your cash flow.  That is the key to it all.

The “political type of decision”, on the other hand, is to absolutely ignore the importance of cash flow and make everyone feel good by paying them to do nothing.  Honestly, there is no future in paying anyone to do nothing (even if you dress it up with fancy names like “JobKeeper” and “JobSeeker”). It is demeaning, it robs people of dignity, and it plugs them into something they find difficult to get off because they get so darned comfortable with it.

I can speak with experience of other examples of where it does not work to pay people to do nothing.  In 1988 I visited Scotland, the old shipbuilding areas, and the land of my ancestors, where I found that the youth unemployment rate in that area was 38 percent.  An appalling rate.  I asked if it had been this rate for very long?  They advised, “for about 50 years”.  That is when the shipbuilding industry disappeared out of Scotland.

Then I asked what they were all waiting for?  The answer was, with a straight face, “we are waiting for the shipbuilding industry to come back.”

Now, all those young people were still on government funding to make them feel better and yet the shipbuilding industry was not coming back as it went to Korea! (There were many reasons for it going to Korea and not going back to Scotland.)

So, this is a classic example of how the comfort-stuff of giving people something to do nothing just becomes permanent.

Thank you, Tiggy, for reminding us of the importance of cash flow.  Now, if we had not been mindful to get the cash flow right, particularly in Western Australia, could you imagine the accounts figures for Australia?

Could you imagine our national accounts if you deducted the input from the resources industry?  We would be just another third-world country without the input from resources.

Thanks very much for creating the opportunity to just pause in our daily work, to celebrate what a wonderful industry mining is.

Thank you all for being here and thank you for being part of the productive sector.

Reflection on a Lifetime in the Mining sector

Why does Australia need mining?

Tiggy Rogers
Principal Study, Roy Hill

Today we are here celebrating National Mining and Related Industries day, a concept born eight years ago, founded by our Executive Chairman and a Mannkal supporter, Mrs Gina Rinehart.  This year, given COVID-19 restrictions, we have instigated these “Mates for Mining” morning teas, where groups/companies can come together to celebrate the contribution of the mining industry and importantly the other industries it supports to the nation, particularly during this very challenging time.

I wanted to give my thanks to Mrs Rinehart who has kept her exploration tenements and mines open during the pandemic to the men and women working in the mines or running the drill rigs who have spent months away from their families and loved ones to keep the mines going and to keep the nation going.  This has been an enormous sacrifice by them, and it was an important sacrifice given the importance of mining to the Australian economy.

Recently, I have had an opportunity to look through some research work Roy Hill has undertaken in collaboration with the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). The research quantifies the importance of the mining industry and the impact that all types of government tape is having on the industry.

To summarise the key points raised by the IPA research, mining:

  • drives employment (the mining sector has had the largest employment growth in Australia which in turn has helped us weather two crises: COVID-19 and GFC);
  • provides a substantial number of jobs in regional towns;
  • is Australia’s largest export industry improving our trade balance;
  • accounts for 30 percent of investment; and
  • generates significant government revenue (in 2017 $185-billion dollars of royalties and taxes were paid – approximately 2.3 times the total of federal and state governments’ education budgets).

The IPA report succinctly reveals the economic and social chasms which rely on the mining sector.

However, the Pilbara mining companies have mined their best deposits.  The deposits that are left to develop are more marginal than the deposits of the past either because they are in difficult terrain, declining ore grades and increasing impurities, isolated from infrastructure, or are not as large.  These deposits are more sensitive to costs than the deposits of the past and mining companies will not approve them to be developed if they become too costly.  Further, as discussed by our Chairman, other countries are looking at their own low-cost iron ore projects or improving the competitiveness of their current iron projects.  Given these two competing factors – Australia’s future as a leading miner is not guaranteed.

Luckily, within the sector lie engineers and project developers, innovative and agile professionals who must adapt to geographical constraints and to orebodies. These professionals have no control over the location or composition of reserves –all they can do is provide creative solutions.  I have found engineers are excellent at this. Some examples include:

  • South African engineers halving the cost to lay railway track.
  • Australian processing engineers developing highly mobile wet processing plants to replace fixed ones. Such plants greatly reduce earthworks requirements.
  • Queensland engineers mobilising conveyor designers.
  • Metallurgists assessing new, higher yielding processing technologies.
  • Improvements in the cost of solar farms to the point they are now cost competitive with other power solutions. This may solve the existing limited access to power lines and gas pipelines in the Pilbara.
  • Engineers, geologists, metallurgists and the entrepreneurs who fund them are taking risks to innovate and help get the deposits out of the ground. The viability of new projects is improving as a result.

This bold risk taking and innovation is being met head on by regulatory barriers. At times it feels as if we are in a leaky boat where engineers are feverishly pumping the water out, only to see regulators pumping the water back in.

A recent productivity commission report on regulation in the mining industry echoes this sentiment.  The report cites evidence regulatory processes are too complex, often duplicative, filled with uncertainty and lengthy delays. Concerningly, the report notes these barriers may be worsening. The commission found sufficient qualitative evidence of unnecessary costs within the regulatory process. From my own experience I can attest that these are sentiments are very real.  Regulation is making mining in Australia more and more expensive in a situation where Australia is at risk of losing its competitive edge as global miner.

The IPA, today’s initiative, National Mining and Related Industries Day and the ongoing dedicated work driven by our Executive Chairman, Mrs Gina Rinehart set out the critical need for mining in our economy.  But as discussed these are not given by any stretch of the imagination.  Our entrepreneurs, engineers and geologists are doing their bit in terms of creative solutions. We really need the government to come to the table, as these projects won’t get built and we won’t have as many jobs in five years’ time.

National Mining and Related Industries Day: Cut the Red and Green Tape

 

 

Article courtesy of ABN Newswire

Sydney, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Australia’s richest woman has warned the nation’s vital resources and agriculture industries are being strangled by red and green tape, threatening the future viability of both.

In a pre-recorded speech to commemorate National Mining Day today, Gina Rinehart emphasised the sector’s contribution to the economy, especially during the upheaval caused by coronavirus.

“Now is the time to remind all those we can that our industry is necessary to maintain the living standards of Australians,” Ms Rinehart said. “Its revenue is necessary to help fund our defence force and police, our hospitals and kindies, to help our elderly . . . and provide funds for crises.” That followed an address yesterday in Queensland on National Agriculture Day, in which Ms Rinehart highlighted that government regulation hampered the ability of farmers to deal with feral animals, bushfires and droughts.

“We all know Asia is the largest growing market for Australia, and often hear that Asian demand for agricultural products is projected to show sustained growth towards the year 2050, providing opportunities for Australian exporters of high quality, clean, agriculture products,” she said.

“But what isn’t so clearly said is that we mustn’t lose this opportunity due to our government holding us back through endless red, green and other tape that isn’t levied on our international competitors, and which drives up the cost of our production and our products.” Ms Rinehart yesterday launched a “Change for Agriculture” website dedicated to gathering examples of “problematic government tape or tax burdens” from those on the frontline, which will be collated into a submission paper.

Ms Rinehart, who has long helmed an iron ore empire and is steadily expanding into beef production, said State and Federal governments did not appreciate “their (red) tape and tax do nothing to encourage investment”.

“Our best protection for our industry is the ability to be flexible, not constrained by tape, and to keep our costs down so we can be internationally cost competitive, despite natural challenges like reducing ore grades and increasing impurities,” she said.

She said “lower cost countries” developing higher grade mineral deposits enjoyed a big competitive advantage over Australian miners, threatening export volumes.

Referencing the short-lived Mineral Resource Rent Tax and carbon tax, Ms Rinehart said governments were too focused on extracting money from primary industries, which hampered job-creating expansion plans.

“Too many in government don’t even recognise that profits are needed so we can reinvest,” she said.

Ms Rinehart also took aim at government “over spending” which she said had contributed to spiralling debt “leaving huge interest and debt for the young ones” and “making it harder to reduce our taxes to any real degree”.

About National Mining Day

November the 22nd signifies National Mining and Related Industries Day, an important annual day that is a time to reflect, consider, appreciate & champion the mining community and the myriad of benefits to all Australians that result.

Newmont boss says rest of world copied Aussie miners on virus

 

Article by Brad Thompson courtesy of the Australian Financial Review

The boss of the world’s biggest gold multinational credits Australian miners for keeping the domestic economy strong through COVID-19 and showing the rest of the world the way forward.

 

Newmont president Tom Palmer said the protocols introduced by the Australian industry in March and April were copied and used around the world to get mines back up and running.

 

Mr Palmer told the virtual International Mining and Resources Conference that Australian industry moved quickly to develop protocols to keep mining and have them signed off by national cabinet.

 

“Those protocols were lifted and used around the world,” he said.

 

“We used them in Canada, through Ontario and Quebec, in Mexico, in Peru, in Argentina to work with governments as they were looking to get some industry back up and running to support their economies.”

 

Mr Palmer was speaking from Western Australia where he has based himself during pandemic-related travels bans and Newmont has two gold mines, Boddington and Tanami, after selling its 50 per cent stake in Kalgoorlie’s Super Pit to Bill Beament-led Northern Star Resources for $US800 million ($1.01 billion) last December.

 

Newmont put five of its 12 managed operations around the globe into care and maintenance as the pandemic took hold, sometimes based on consultation with first nations communities rather than on government orders.

 

Mr Palmer, who has made it clear he wants to remain at Newmont amid speculation he is a logical choice to replace ousted Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques, said he was proud of the decision made around the health and safety of first nations communities.

 

He said the emphasis on health and safety had put Newmont in a very good space with key stakeholders.

 

Mr Palmer said 2050 was an appropriate target for mining companies to achieve carbon neutrality but there was no clear pathway to achieve that goal.

 

“You must look beyond the achievable set of targets to targets that are aspirational if you are going to get to carbon neutrality by 2050,” he added.

 

“We don’t have the pathway today to get there but mining has been around for a long time. We are in the business of exploration… we will get there.”

 

Newmont has just announced what it hailed as a gold industry leading target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

 

Mr Palmer told the IMARC audience the target was achievable and science-based and that for the first time Newmont would look at both absolute emissions and emissions intensity.

 

Federal resources minister Keith Pitt told the conference the industry was doing a lot of the heavy lifting for the Australian economy including in training, but there was no use training skilled workers if projects “are delayed due to onerous regulations”.

 

Mr Pitt said the Productivity Commission was expected to deliver the final version of the government-commissioned report on ways to cut the regulatory burden before the end of the year.

 

He said that in the meantime the government was pushing on with reforms to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

 

In a blistering attack on the weekend, mining billionaire Gina Rinehart accused the government of failing to take the hard decisions needed to cut tape and taxes to encourage resources investment.

 

Namrata Thapar, the global head of mining for the World Bank’s private sector arm IFC, said it had already deployed more than half of the funds in an $US8 billion fast-track facility set up in response to the pandemic.

 

Ms Thapar said most of the funds had been used to keep businesses running and to protect jobs.

 

She said the ICF funding for new projects would be delayed because it wasn’t possible to meet due diligence requirements under travel restrictions.

 

Ms Thapar said that in addition to issuing $10 billion in green bonds, the ICF was keen to support minerals projects that contributed to the low carbon energy transition.

 

She said more than 54 per cent of its mineral portfolio was dedicated to copper and rare earths and the ICF was looking to support lithium and cobalt projects.

 

BMO Financial Group chief economist and managing director Doug Porter said the initial recovery from the world’s deepest post-war downturn had been faster than many expected.

 

“We have seen a forceful recovery in consumer spending and housing, which in North America are all the way back to where they were before the pandemic began,” he said.

 

Mr Porter said the downturn had been unusual in that the services industries had been much harder hit than goods industries and this had helped the mining sector because there was demand for electronics, motor vehicles, housing and other goods.

 

Rinehart urges government to cut red tape

Article by Salomae Haselgrove courtesy of Australian Mining

Iron ore mining magnate Gina Rinehart has urged the Australian Government to stop holding back industry growth and to cut green and red tapes to facilitate future investment.

Rinehart addressed Australia’s leaders during the National Mining and Related Industries Day’s Mates for Mining morning tea, reflecting on mining’s significant contribution to the nation’s economy.

However, she advised that the industry cannot sit on its laurels, stating that the day is a time to remind the nation that the industry is necessary to maintain living standards of all Australians.

“Please don’t forget it was only a few years ago that our industry was faced with both mineral resource rent and carbon tax, a double whammy which would have deprived our industry of the profits needed for investment and for extending our mines and/or building new mines, indeed would have devastated many in the industry,” Rinehart said.

Despite these challenges, Rinehart has led Roy Hill Holdings majority owner Hancock Prospecting to $4.1 billion in net profit after tax during the 2020 financial year, representing a 50 per cent plus increase to bottom line profitability.

Hancock has also drilled 95,000 metres at the Mulga Downs project, expanding the iron ore resource by 290 million tonnes, securing the company’s future success in producing and exporting Western Australian iron ore.

To secure this growth opportunity, Rinehart said it is necessary for the Australian Government to make the difficult decisions to cut costs and tape to increase investor appeal.

“We cannot look to our government to ensure to future of the industry. The government might mention the word investment but fail year after year to take hard decisions to cutting taxes, to make Australia, our very high-cost country more appealing for investments,” she said.

“Never lose an opportunity to encourage the government to mak the tough decisions and certainly never let the government think it can buy our votes with any form of hand outs, i.e., our tax dollars. We want them to act more responsibly in our industry’s best interests.

“Living in constantly changing times, the best protection for the industry is the ability to be flexible and not be constrained by tape, keeping costs down so we can be internationally cost competitive despite natural challenges.”

Rinehart also acknowledged the hard work of the Australian mining industry, in particular Hancock’s fly-in, fly-out workers, who made personal sacrifices to support their company and industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

 

Rinehart roasts big-spending, high-taxing MPs

Article by Brad Thompson courtesy of the Australian Financial Review

 

Gina Rinehart has blasted both sides of politics over big government in Australia and warned it is only a matter of time before the resources industry faces new threats like the mining tax and carbon tax in “some foolish form or another”.

Australia’s richest person also took aim at inner city dwellers and “left media”, who she said thought of mining as a dirty word even though it made the biggest contribution to the economy.

Mrs Rinehart said taxes in Australian were too high and there was far too much red tape.

“That huge fat slab of expensive government burdens needs to be cut. Let’s inspire our governments to achieve this,” she said.

The Hancock Prospecting chairman, who topped the Financial Review Rich List with a fortune of $28.9 billion, accused the Morrison government of over spending and pushing debt to record levels that would escalate and leave young Australian with a huge burden.

Mrs Rinehart said the overspending and debt pile would make it all the more hard to deliver the tax cuts and reforms Australia needed.

“Too many in government don’t even recognise that profits are needed so we can reinvest,” she said.

“Sadly, few have even a clue that their tape and tax do nothing to encourage investment in mining, indeed any industry.

“They might mention the word investment, but fail year after year to take the hard decisions that they should, to cut government tape and tax to make Australia, our very high-cost country, more appealing for investment.

“They take the easy road, each party saying, ‘look what we’ve spent, or will spend, to do this or that’. Yes, we know what that is – vote buying.

“And guess whose money they are spending, their own? Of course not, it’s the taxpayers’, each one of yours’, which is why our taxes continue to be too high.”

Mrs Rinehart delivered the blast to politicians of all persuasions in a recorded video package to mark her celebrations for National Mining and Related Industries Day on Sunday.

She appeared wearing a fedora while sitting in an armchair next to a fireplace. There was a cake and coffee cups on a table in front of her in an acknowledgement with “Mates for Mining” morning and afternoon tea events organised for the day.

Mrs Rinehart said the industry couldn’t afford to rest on its laurels after a remarkable year during which mining provided the backbone of the economy through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Please don’t forget it was only a few years ago that our industry was faced with both Mineral Resource Rent and Carbon Tax, a double whammy which would have deprived our industry of the profits needed for investment and for extending our mines and or building new mines, indeed would have devastated many in the industry,” she said.

“Now is the time to remind all those we can, that our industry is necessary to maintain the living standards of Australians, its revenue is necessary to help fund our defence force and police, our hospitals and kindies, to help our elderly, maintain some of our airports, bridges, rail and roads, and provide funds for crises.

“Because we can’t sit on our laurels and think that if we do nothing, the double whammy won’t return in some foolish form or another to devastate our industry, an industry we not only derive our livelihoods from, but should be very proud to be a part of.”

A year to remember

Mrs Rinehart’s private company, Hancock Prospecting, booked a $4.07 billion net profit in the year ended June 30, up 56 per cent from the year-earlier $2.617 billion, buoyed by soaring iron ore prices.

The Hancock accounts confirmed its Roy Hill mine had paid down a $10 billion debt and declared a maiden dividend of $475 million just five years after making its first iron ore shipment out of Port Hedland in Western Australia.

Hancock Prospecting’s success also delivered a windfall for the Tax Office, with fiscal 2020 income tax payments reaching $1.55 billion.

Mrs Rinehart said soaring debt would make it harder to cut taxes but it was not impossible.

“We could still make savings if they took the tough decisions, cut their tape, and overblown government parties, so let’s every one of us, never lose an opportunity to encourage them to make the tough decisions,” she said.

“And certainly never let the government think it can buy our votes with any form of handouts, i.e. our tax dollars. No, we want them to act more responsibly, in our interests.”

Mrs Rinehart said the mining industry faced challenges from competition overseas and alluded to problems with ageing Australian operations.

“Our best protection for our industry is the ability to be flexible, not constrained by tape, and to keep our costs down, so we can be internationally cost-competitive despite natural challenges like reducing ore grades and increasing impurities,” she said.

“And huge challenges from lower-cost countries bringing on higher-grade reserves of minerals in competition to our exports.”

The comments are thought to refer to China’s move to develop high-grade iron ore deposits in Guinea’s Simandou province.Rinehart roasts big-spending, high-taxing MPs