Article by Josh Chiat courtesy of Stockhead.
Gina Rinehart leads mining’s post-election wishlist with call for missile defences and smart mines
Australia’s richest anything Gina Rinehart has already taken the crown for the most eyebrow-raising response to our change of Government, calling on the new Albanese Labor Government to launch ‘war drones’, ‘smart mines’ and a missile defence system to defend the nation’s iron ore resources.
In a post-election interview with the AFR, Rinehart — who probably has the money to pay for the drones and a decent sized militia herself — let loose.
She wants naval maintenance moved north from Fremantle to Cape Preston, near the site of fellow iron ore magnate’s sworn enemy Citic’s Sino Iron mine.
We’ll need to get our maps out later to check where that sits within her long-mooted ‘special economic zone’ for Northern Australia.
But this is the part sure to get the most attention:
“Given the lack of defence in Australia’s north-west, despite it being the powerhouse of Australia’s economy, I also hope that smart mines are urgently implemented in abundance in at least our northern and north-west (and north-east) oceans,” the iron ore magnate was quoted as saying, adding that Australia needed to make itself a ‘prickly porcupine’ as soon as possible.
How will we do this? Less government red tape, Rinehart not at all predictably says.