Speaking Notes For Darwin Mining Club

On behalf of the Chairman, Peter Johnston and members of the Minerals Council of Australia, I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land upon which we meet today – the Larrakia people – and pay my respects to their elders and ancestors.

Chair of the Darwin Mining Club Wendy Oldham; Minister Kon Vatskalis; Leader of the Opposition Terry Mills; the President and Executive Director of the MCA’s Northern Territory Division, Bryan Quinn and Peter Stewart respectively, distinguished guests, The Chairman and I are delighted to be here in Darwin and to be invited to speak to you today.

In this age of instantaneous information amidst the current cacophony of the political spin and media commentary on our industry, I thought the best way I might “add value” is to put the current circumstances confronting our industry and the nation into some perspective.

To the adage – tell ‘em what you are going to say, tell ‘em, and then tell ‘em what you said, so........

I will give you a snapshot of the current state of the minerals industry, the structural deficit in our public policy settings needed to “lock in the boom” and unpack some of the myths surrounding the two speed economy.

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