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Ron Manners’ ideas
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With an industry that we can be proud of as a productive export-earning group of people working hard at overcoming many of the nations problems, you would think that we would be given red carpet treatment.

Ron’s long career has taken him to a number of major world events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism in Russia and the Hong Kong handover.

Mining is in Ron’s blood. His grandfather WG Manners, the son of a Ballarat prospector, headed to the ‘wild’ west in 1895 to set up a mining engineering business in Kalgoorlie. WG Manners & Co originally designed and built mining plants and has today evolved to be known as Mannwest Group, headed by Ron.

He started out as an electrical engineer, training at Kalgoorlie School of Mines, and took over the family business in 1955. Croesus Mining was founded by Ron in the 1980s and during his time with the company it produced 1.275 million ounces of gold and paid 11 dividends. Between 1972 and 1995 Ron floated several Australian listed mining companies, before joining the board of a Canadian company with operations in Mexico, Brazil and Turkey.

The mining industry has seen a number of changes in the past 60 years, such as the introduction of new technologies, growth and decline of commodity prices and altered business practices. Ron weathered these changes with humility, enthusiasm and good humour.

As a proponent of the free market model, Ron set up Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, a think-tank that sponsors students and events in both Western Australia and overseas. He is an active member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the co-ordinating committee for the Commonwealth Study Conference.

Ron is the author of four books – Poems of PassionHeroic MisadventuresNever a Dull Moment and Kanowna’s Barrowman – as well as numerous papers and addresses, many of which can be found on this website.

Ron’s Poetry

Who wants peace?

Peace is what we get at last

when all else fails —

lying there in that wooden box

when they’ve hammered in the nails.


but you can have peace

any time you like —

cycling by the river

you alone on your bike.


No! We seek something more,

there’s something we really crave

and it’s probably been that way

since men — women sheltered in the cave.


So what we really seek is harmony,

entirely different from peace

and when we make this great discovery

life’s wonders, never cease.

– Ron Manners

Random Quote

Taxation is theft, purely and simply even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match.

Murray N Rothbard