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Australian Mining Prospect Awards | Lifetime Achievement Award | Mrs Gina Rinehart AO

Hancock Prospecting's executive chairman, the Hon Dr Gina Rinehart AO, was announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Prospect Awards. The Lifetime Achievement award recognises an individual who has contributed to the mining industry through their entire career. It is the most prestigious individual recognition award within the Prospect Awards and is determined through recommendations made by the judging panel. "On accepting this award I'd like to pay tribute to everyone in our industry. We are at our core nationbuilding, mining is the backbone of Australia," Rinehart said. "When mining does well, so does Australia." Hancock's majority-owned Roy Hill was also recognised on the night, winning Australian Mine of the Year and Hard Rock Mine of the Year. "Let's celebrate that mining contributes more to our nation than any other industry."

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Sky News | Chris Smith interviews Mrs Gina Rinehart AO

Hancock Prospecting Executive Chairwoman Gina Rinehart says she does not think either major party leader is “sufficiently across” what she sees as Australia’s “two most important issues”. Ms Rinehart told Sky News host Chris Smith that one of these issues is defence. “I repeatedly say, if we don’t have our country, what do we have? “And the second one is the economy, the economy is so important, it’s what drives living standards, it’s what drives jobs, it’s what drives revenue, it’s what drives opportunities.

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WA continues to be the Regina George of the Federation

Handing down his second state budget as Treasurer, Premier Mark McGowan proudly showed off an Apple Wallet with a balance of $5.7bn. The eye watering operating budget surplus is not the biggest in history. Last year the state - better known for shunning visitors and stunning sunsets - banked $5.8bn as the rest of the country was in and out of Covid lockdowns. Where did WA find all that cash? In the ground and from around Australia. Iron ore keeps WA's books in the black.

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Red dirt royalties keep WA in the black, but McGowan knows they won’t last forever

Royalties from iron ore to feed the steel mills of China have allowed Western Australia to emerge from the pandemic with a surplus while NSW and Victoria face years of growing debt. The mines in the Pilbara region will deliver Premier Mark McGowan $10.3 billion this financial year, allowing the resource state to record a $5.7 billion surplus and cut net debt for the third year running. The WA government earns more from iron ore than land tax, stamp duty and payroll tax combinedIron ore will deliver almost 90 per cent of WA’s royalty income, from mining and oil and gas extraction.

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ANZAC Day | 2022

Lest we forget.

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The 10,000 missing miners

High commodity prices are masking deep-seated problems in the world’s big mining companies were a combination of cost inflation, supply-chain tightness, and shortages of everything is starting to bite. Reports covering March quarter production, scheduled to start flowing this week, might throw fresh light on the size of the challenge confronting BHP, Rio Tinto and other leading miners which are currently enjoying strong investor support because of near-record prices for most of their output.

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FIRB gives Senex Energy (ASX:SXY) takeover the green light

Shareholders will vote on the deal in March, with the Senex Board recommending its shareholders to vote in favour of the deal. Each member of the board intends to vote all shares they own in favour of the deal. If successful, the deal is subject to be completed in March and POSCO previously announced that Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Energy will grab a 49.9 per cent stake, however, this is not a condition to the scheme going ahead.

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Gina Rinehart, Posco seal Senex Energy deal

Billionaire Gina Rinehart and South Korea’s Posco International have won control of Senex Energy following a shareholder vote with the Queensland gas producer forced to defend the value of the deal amid a rapid surge in oil prices. Hancock first approached Posco about a joint tilt for the gas producer after buyout talks were made public with the duo already partners in Ms Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara.

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Rinehart and Korea’s Posco take over Senex Energy

Senex Energy has ended its 37-year stint on the ASX boards, with a majority of shareholders approving the $900 million takeover of the east coast oil and gas company amid the global turmoil in energy markets.

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exploded our renewables myth

The devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine has captured global ­attention. While the world’s focus is rightly on the human toll and suffering, the crisis has highlighted the need to end reliance on Russian oil and gas. To achieve that ambition, we must be pragmatic and invest in sensible alternatives, not engage in wishful thinking about renewable energy.

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Pensioner Reform Policy Briefing & National Seniors Australia let pensioners work campaign | Link

This campaign will fight for a retirement income system based on principles of adequacy, sustainability, certainty and fairness.

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State’s $5b ore inspiring surplus

Unexpectedly resilient iron ore prices have WA on track to double the projected 2021-22 Budget surplus to nearly $5 billion and hand the McGowan Government a second consecutive cash bonanza. That comes after WA banked a record $5.84 billion surplus last financial year - the biggest ever by any State - which also came largely off the back of staggering iron ore prices. Every other State and Territory has pencilled in big deficits for the current financial year, headlined by NSW and Victoria at $19.5 billion each.

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Tattarang surges to hit $5bn revenue

Hancock had net assets of $20.4 billion at June 30 while its gearing ratio (debt to equity) has been cut from 55 per cent to 1 per cent over the past three years. That gives it enormous capacity to pursue expansion. This would include a rail spur linking to the Roy Hill railway, which carries nearly 60mtpa to Port Hedland. Hancock’s wholly owned subsidiary, Atlas Iron, is also focused on growth, with its 10mtpa McPhee Creek project progressing through a feasibility study.

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Rinehart progresses Hardey iron ore

“I am particularly delighted that Hancock is joining forces with Boawu, the largest steelmaker in the world,” Hancock executive chairman Gina Rinehart said. “Whilst Hancock already has a long-standing successful partnership with POSCO through our Roy Hill mega project, and a great relationship with Chinese companies who helped us deliver the outstanding Roy project, we look forward to enjoying the same successes as we work with Boawu and our friends at AMCI through the studies, development and operations of the Hardey project.”

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Rinehart backs carbon tech play

A TECHNOLOGY that uses renewable energy-powered electrolysis at low temperature to convert carbon dioxide into reusable carbon and oxygen has been backed by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting. Called Carbelec, the technology is being developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne. Those researchers claim the technology could be a game changer for steel makers.

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Infrastructure Deal Could Help Mineral Resources Develop Marillana

Mineral Resources' infrastructure agreement with Roy Hill and Hancock Prospecting could enable the ASX-listed miner to develop stranded iron-ore resources such as its Marillana project, Macquarie says. "A development of Marillana and the infrastructure agreement presents upside risk to our base-case earnings and valuation for MIN," says Macquarie, which doesn't factor that project into its base case for Mineral Resources at present

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Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) enters agreement with Hancock and Roy Hill

Mineral Resources (MIN) has entered into a rail and port agreement with Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill.“Our long-stated strategy is to transition from short-life, high-cost mines to lower-cost, longlife operations underpinned by innovative infrastructure solutions. Developing our stranded assets will provide additional growth for MIN’s unique mining services build-own-operate model.”

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Rinehart and Ellison join forces to create new iron ore export hub

Hancock Prospecting outlined its plans for a number of new iron ore developments both at its own 1Bt-plus Mulga Downs deposit and through subsidiary Atlas Iron in its annual report on Friday, in which Rinehart’s company posted an eye-watering $7.3 billion profit for FY2021. MinRes, Hancock and Roy Hill have entered an agreement to jointly investigate the development of a facility at the Stanley Point Berth 3, in which Roy Hill would develop and operate the project including a rail haulage and port services. MinRes boss Chris Ellison said the deal will unlock stranded assets in the Pilbara as the company seeks to transition from higher cost production to low cost, long life assets.

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