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Icons band together with Kidman, RFDS partnership

by 16 December 2017

16 December 2017

Stock Journal

A PARTNERSHIP between major outback icon S Kidman & Co and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations will help keep a ‘flying intensive care unit’ in the sky.

The $500,000-plus sponsorship deal will mean the Pilatus PC-12 VH-FXW will bear the S Kidman & Co logo as it serves SA and NT, covering areas where the beef producer operates.

Kidman’s executive chairman Gina Rinehart was on site at the RFDS’ aeromedical base at Adelaide Airport for the unveiling of the logo and said she was pleased to align the S Kidman & Co brand alongside Australia’s leader in aeromedical and primary health care in rural and remote Australia.

“The RFDS has provided a lifeline to the bush communities for almost 90 years,” she said.

“It’s remarkable to think that in South and Central Australia alone the RFDS airlifts 25 patients every day – over 100 across the country every day.

“Our board and our staff are proud to be playing a role in helping to make this happen, and to now have the Kidman brand on a RFDS ‘flying intensive care unit’ that will conduct two missions every day is something we hope will be helpful to many people and help to save lives.”

RFDS Central Operations chair Loretta Reynolds says the impact of S Kidman & Co’s direct financial support will be far reaching.

“The RFDS relies on bequests, corporate partnerships and donations to bridge the gap in our operational funding and to finance our capital-raising for the purchase of our aircraft, medical equipment and infrastructure upgrades,” Ms Reynolds said.

RFDS Central Operations will invest $50 million in capital in the next five years for the replacement of existing aircraft in our fleet, as well as the introduction next year of the RFDS PC-24 Jet – South Australia’s first purpose-built aeromedical jet – together with medical equipment and infrastructure upgrades.

“The continued support from the entire community – our ‘ground crew’ of donors, community fundraisers, corporate sponsors and volunteers – will be critical to us meeting our financial challenges, and we’re very delighted to have Mrs Rinehart and S. Kidman & Co on board with us on this very important and critical journey.”

VH-FXZ or ‘Zulu’ as it is known to crews, is the newest $7 million ‘flying intensive care unit’ to join the RFDS Central Operations fleet located across Adelaide, Port Augusta, Alice Springs and Darwin bases.

It is the 1500th PC-12 manufactured by Pilatus – and the 20th delivered to RFDS Central Operations who was also the global launch customer of the Pilatus PC-12 in 1995.

In just its first 10 weeks of service to the community, ‘Zulu’ has transported 119 patients from 38 rural and remote locations throughout SA – and beyond.

The aircraft came into aeromedical service on October 1 this year and has been tasked to airlift injured and critically-ill patients throughout SA, from regional centres such as Mount Gambier, Renmark and Port Lincoln, to outback locations as diverse as Coober Pedy, the Nullarbor and Marree on the Birdsville Track.

Donald Trump Cuts Red Tape

by 15 December 2017

Donald Trump Cuts Red Tape

Inaugural National Agriculture and Related Industries Day – Canberra 2017

by 8 December 2017

Inaugural National Agriculture and Related Industries Day – Canberra 2017

2017 National Mining and Related Industries Day – Sydney

by 8 December 2017

2017 National Mining and Related Industries Day – Sydney

National Ag Day celebrations underway

by 27 November 2017

21 November 2017 Farm Weekly

Celebrations of all things agriculture are taking place across Australia today as part of the first National Agriculture and Related Industries Day (AgDay).

The brainchild of Gina Rinehart from Hancock Prospecting, AgDay is being supported by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

WAFarmers president Tony York said it was a great way to instill pride in the farming sector and other related industries.

“The importance of agriculture to the Australian economy cannot be overstated; it is our second largest export industry, the nation’s fastest growing industry, and this year the sector achieved a record farm gate return of $60 billion,” he said.

“The NFF yesterday released findings from a nation-wide survey which found that 83 per cent of Australians would describe their connection with farming as ‘distant’ or ‘non-existent’, which was quite disheartening.

“By raising awareness of the farm sector through celebrations such as AgDay, it is anticipated that Australians will reconnect with the story of agriculture and find a new appreciation for the production of the food and fibre that we all know and love.

“Everybody in agriculture has a story to tell, and the AgDay will provide a fantastic platform on which to both acknowledge and celebrate these stories.”

Mr York encouraged everyone involved in agriculture and ancillary businesses to get involved in the AgDay festivities in some way, shape or form.

“It can be as simple as testing your farming know-how by taking the AgDay Quiz, participating in AgDay events, or sharing photos on social media and using the AgDay hashtag to get the conversation flowing,” he said.

“I will be celebrating AgDay in my own way by sitting on the header in Tammin and reaping the rewards of a year’s worth of work.”

AgDay will be celebrated with a black tie Gala Dinner at the National War Memorial in Canberra tonight, hosted by Hancock Prospecting.

Gina Rineharts speech to National Mining and Related Industries Day

by 23 November 2017

Speech by Mrs Gina Rinehart
Patron and Founder of National Mining & Related Industries Day
Executive Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group and Roy Hill
National Mining & Related Industries Day
Wednesday 22 November 2017, Sydney

Good evening distinguished guests, Ministers, Members of Parliament, friends and mining colleagues.

It is wonderful to celebrate with you the fifth annual National Mining & Related Industries Day, an important day on our nation’s calendar.

Welcome everyone and welcome to two very hard working Australians who are here with us tonight, Anthony Pratt and Harry Triguboff AO.

Can I start by thanking Julian Malnic, Sharon and the Sydney Mining Club and my own staff, especially Talitha and James, for helping organise tonight’s function.

Can I also extend a very big thank you to our gold sponsors ANZ, BNP Paribas, Hitachi, NAB, PwC, Roy Hill, WesTrac, most of whom have supported our earlier years, and our silver sponsors the NSW Minerals Council, Downer, Glencore and Telstra. We could not put tonight on without you – thank you very much for your welcome support – it is much appreciated.

And thank you to all our speakers tonight, including the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matt Canavan.

Please join me in thanking our sponsors and contributors.

Thank you also to our fantastic MC, Anthony Roberts MP. We are so delighted you are here with us.

I have an easy task tonight thanks to the speakers who will be following me.

Tom Albanese has prepared a video for you, and sends his apologies for not being able to be with us in person.

As you would know, Tom has a wealth of experience in the mining industry, through Rio Tinto especially where he rose to CEO, and more recently, his years at Vedanta Resources, a largely Indian company, also its CEO.

Tonight, Tom will tell us important messages about the vast changes in India, changes through the reduction of their notorious Indian government red tape.

He will touch briefly on India’s huge and largely untapped mineral resources and human resources too, with many millions of people wanting to work.

He says when India fixes its mind on doing things under Prime Minister Modi, things happen.

Given India’s strive for economic greatness, if we want to see mining investment on any significant scale happening in Australia in future, we better take heed of India’s actions and huge resources and quadruple our efforts to let our government know, our industry needs to be cost competitive internationally.

That means we need to see urgent and significant reductions in red tape, compliance, taxes and all government costs or we risk seeing our highly experienced, world‐class mining industry professionals leave to help service mines in India, and other places less expensive than Australia, and more friendly to investment.

To those not from Australia, with families and the next generation to consider, one could wonder, well, what is wrong with just being a service provider?

Think of just one recently constructed mega mine, Roy Hill, with more than 10 billion dollars of investment.

What happens to that investment? It spreads not only through our state but also throughout our country, and it does not stop there.

Billions of dollars of revenue flows from such mega projects for decades, providing opportunities, jobs and billions in taxation.

Could we expect the same benefits from service industries? Would service industries provide the massive investment, the revenue, opportunities and jobs for Aussies on Australian soil that investment in the mining industry in Australia brings?

It’s time we addressed with more urgency, don’t you think, the two T’s, less government red tape and less government taxes and other costly burdens.

With all our abundant natural resources, that could ensure we should have reliable and inexpensive energy, but due to the government, and their changing policies, this has ensured we don’t have reliable energy and only increasingly expensive power. A real struggle for those on low incomes.

Scot MacDonald from the NSW Parliament, who has given some insightful addresses in Parliament, will be speaking to us tonight sharing with us his firsthand experience in the USA.

Thank you and Happy National Mining and Related Industries Day! I will leave you with a song created by my friend Jim Viets, for National Mining and Related Industries Day, “Mining Permit Blues.”

Rinehart: Copy Trump

by 22 November 2017

22 November 2017 The West Australian

by Jenne Brammer

Billionaire Gina Rinehart has called on Australian governments to follow the examples of US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in creating a more internationally competitive environment by cutting company taxes and red tape.

Ms Rinehart said in a speech in Canberra last night that Mr Trump won the US election because he and his team listened to Americans.

“He is now delivering for America and, despite the naysayers who didn’t vote for him but have a loud voice, what was a struggling economy is now rebounding,” she said. “(His) work in cutting government tape and company tax is making it better to do business in America, stimulating investment and creating thousands of jobs.” Ms Rinehart said Australia could also learn from India, which was enjoying great success after the “very dedicated” leadership of Mr Modi cut out a lot of that country’s notorious red tape.

Daily Telegraph – Gina’s call over Trump tax tack

by 22 November 2017

22 November 2017 The Daily Telegraph

by Paul Starick

AUSTRALIA’S richest person, Gina Rinehart, is urging the nation to follow US President Donald Trump’s lead by slashing taxes and red tape to spur job creation.

In a speech in Canberra last night attended by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, Mrs Rinehart said Mr Trump had won power by he and his team listening to the American people.

“The American people told them, they want America to be great again. Their countrymen told them that they wanted, firstly, less government tape, secondly less taxation, and for the USA to grow and provide more sustainable jobs,” Mrs Rinehart, pictured, said.

“This is the same message I am suggesting to you tonight but regarding our country.” The mining and pastoral magnate was speaking at a gala dinner to mark the inaugural National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, which was her initiative and of which she is the patron.

Mrs Rinehart warned Australia was heading down Greece’s path by “increasing irresponsible government expenditure and debt”, blaming red tape costing $176 billion annually or 11 per cent of GDP.

Mrs Rinehart, who tops Forbes’ Australian rich list with a fortune of more than $21.5 billion, praised the agriculture industry’s 1.6 million employees nationally, along with 130,000 agribusinesses producing one in every seven Australian export dollars.

In a longer version of her speech posted online, Mrs Rinehart used the example of “people … in a cafe in an inner city having a conversation about animal rights and the environment and arguing against using more water for agriculture and development in regions of Australia”.

Mrs Rinehart argued those same inner-city cafe patrons would be enjoying a range of fine Australian produce, sitting on wooden chairs, wearing woollen or cotton clothes and drinking from plastic bottles made with petroleum products.

“The point here is these products which we consume are in our every day lives, yet some in our communities campaign against what they and their children actually need.”

Gina Rinehart is patron of agriculture

by 22 November 2017

21 November 2017 Katherine Time

by Chris McLennan

Miner and the NT’s biggest landholder Gina Rinehart has been announced as patron of National Agriculture and Related Industries Day.

She attended a gala dinner to celebrate this inaugural day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Accepting the role of Patron for the next five years, Mrs Rinehart said “I started this day to help promote the importance of agriculture and its related industries, and for better understanding of these industries, so vital to Australia and our future.

“Importantly too,  where would we raise the missing taxes to help pay for hospitals, police, elderly , defence, roads and bridges, parks and more, if it weren’t for the contribution of our agricultural sector?

“Many people speak about the growth of our agricultural industry; the hard work and expertise of our farmers, our fresh air, closeness to Asia, developing the north, all good things, but I hope this day develops a greater understanding of the critical need for our agricultural industry to be cost competitive internationally, given the important fact that most of the markets for our agriculture are actually overseas, so we must compete globally.

“To underpin our cost competitiveness and enable Australian agricultures sustainability, we need to lower all forms of government cost burdens, be that red tape, compliance, taxes, or ever increasing license costs, which important point needs to be mentioned also, and actioned.”

The inaugural day is an initiative of Mrs Rinehart’s and is being supported by the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of West Australia, the National Farmers Federation, the Federal Government, and other organisations and the agricultural industry around Australia.

The National Agriculture and Related Industries Day was today celebrated from Perth to Wagga Wagga, Kingaroy to Alice Springs, and Canberra to Tasmania, with farmers, individuals and organisations holding functions and events.

‘What a fantastic start for an inaugural day!” Mrs Rinehart said, clearly very delighted with the inaugural day.

Turnbull government seems out of touch, should follow Trump’s lead, says Gina Rinehart

by 22 November 2017

21 November 2017, The Australian

By Sarah-Jane Tasker

Mining and agricultural magnate Gina Rinehart has argued the Turnbull government seems out of touch with the industries fuelling Australia’s economy, adding it should follow the lead of US President Donald Trump to boost growth.

Mrs Rinehart said as an export-orientated nation, with a relatively small population, Australia’s prosperity and living standards depended on its ability to export competitively and sell its goods overseas.

She said fundamental to international competitiveness were low government regulation burdens, and low taxation and other government expense.

“We need to get governments to understand this and act. Just as President Trump and Prime Minister Modi do, two of the world’s leading economies and democracies,” Mrs Rinehart said in a speech tonight in Canberra at the National Agriculture and Related Industries Day gala dinner.

She told the crowd about a trip to Washington last year, where she met senior members of Trump’s campaign team, adding that the President won the election because he and his team listened to the people of America.

“Their countrymen told them they wanted, firstly less government tape, secondly less taxation, and for the US to grow and provide more sustainable jobs. This is the same message I am suggesting to you tonight, but regarding our country,” she told the audience at the dinner.

“Trump’s work in cutting government tape and company tax is making it better to do business in America, stimulating investment and creating thousands of jobs. I was there when Anthony Pratt announced in New York that he’d invest $US10 billion in the US over several years and the President of the US stood and applauded him.

“If only we were hearing similarly from our governments around Australia.”

Mrs Rinehart said that despite the fact that many members of government did not have a business background, governments had to understand that the country cannot tax its way to prosperity.

She also said the government needed to be more financially responsible.

“The government needs to spend less. Instead of being induced to spend more, by self interest groups who often don’t want to contribute themselves economically,” she said.

Mrs Rinehart also outlined in her speech that there seemed to be a loss of the basic understanding that there needed to be a good environment for investment and for enabling export industries to be cost competitive internationally.

“Instead, we take the path of too many expensive government burdens, and changing policies that are negative to industry and create uncertainties,” she said.

“For Australia to prosper it needs investment to be encouraged with good policies.”

Mrs Rinehart argued that Australia needed its agriculture industry and export industries to continue to thrive but she said the Turnbull government seemed to be out of touch.

“Despite many speeches regarding reducing government red tape, what has actually been done, outside of reducing government tape on charities and childcare, to cut government tape burdens on agriculture or other contributing primary industries?” she said.

“There are some people in our government wanting to cut, let us show them our support.”

Mrs Rinehart gave special mention to Barnaby Joyce in her speech, thanking him for taking a break from his campaign to attend the event. She said he was a “great voice” for Australian agriculture.

“The agriculture industry was very fortunate to have had such a dedicated, understanding and enthusiastic minister, one with years of first-hand experience, a real Aussie country boy, and boy do we hope you return,” she said.

The agriculture and mining magnate also highlighted to those in the room that inner city dwellers, sitting in a cafe, would argue about animal rights and the environment, while enjoying the products produced from the industries they raged against.

“They are arguing against the industries of mining, petroleum, much of agriculture, fishing, even eggs, and against further water allocation,” she said.

“I note in these conversations we don’t hear suggestions of what they’ll do to work harder and invest their monies to create more revenue to be able to keep funding what the agriculture and our related industries contribute towards our defence, police, elderly, hospitals, parks, public sporting facilities, roads and airports.”

She said those type of conversations were happening in every city in Australia and were why the industry needed to provide more education on the contribution agriculture and its related industries made to Australians.

“A group of city people are sitting on chairs clad in wood, which was grown and milled in Tasmania … they are wearing clothing made from wool grown on our stations and farms, and or, cotton grown in the Kimberley’s or north western NSW, grown using access to water licenses,” she said.

“The point here is that these products, which we consume, are in our everyday lives yet some in our communities campaign against what they and their children actually need.”