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Growing up on the Goldfields: Part 1

30 January 1993  •  Ron Manners

I made this speech at the Geotechnical/Geomechanical Australian Conference in 1993 and it can also be found in my book Never a Dull …

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Taxes, taxes and damned taxes

31 October 1992  •  Ron Manners

This article was printed in the Australian Journal of Mining in October 1992. Editor Peter Barrett prefaced it by writing the following: "Taken …

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When President Hoover sat at my desk

6 June 1992  •  Mannwest Admin

Have you heard the story about Ron Manners and Herbert Hoover? The two men share a connection through not just a workspace but a …

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When miners were heroes

18 May 1992  •  Ron Manners

We can be heroes Can anyone remember a time when miners were heroes? When they were proud of what they did, without apologizing? …

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Let’s create real jobs this time

22 January 1992  •  Ron Manners

Written while I was an AMEC councillor and Australia was experiencing "the recession we had to have", this article offers four suggestions on …

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The job training tax: Yet another government stuff-up

23 May 1991  •  Ron Manners

One of my hobbies is collecting examples of how government policies, usually achieve the opposite, to their possibly good intentions. The training tax …

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The pleasures and problems of delving into history

15 May 1991  •  Ron Manners

What is history? And why is there an interest in it long after the people involved have moved on? I pondered these questions, …

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Barnacles on the backside of progress

12 October 1990  •  Ron Manners

This cheeky industry analysis was presented at Kalgoorlie: The Next 100 Years, an Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) sponsored event held …

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First stop, Hong Kong (next stop the world)

3 September 1990  •  Ron Manners

In 1990, as Chairman of Croesus, I made a promotional visit to Hong Kong. I then went to Frankfurt, Munich, London, New York, …

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At war with optimism

20 October 1989  •  Ron Manners

In reviewing our third year as a listed company, at a time when half the country’s population appears to have declared civil war …

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