Weak Executives Mean Strong Bureaucracies

[Here is the text of a speech by Lang Hancock from Ron Manners’ archives, dated August 10, 1978. A hand-written note says the speech was presented to The Executives Association of Australia in Sydney, September 22, 1978 and The Australian Retailers Association, Melbourne, September 25, 1978. An excerpt of this speech was republished in Ron Manners, Heroic Misadventures (Mannwest Group, 2009), pp. 165-66.] Continue reading Weak Executives Mean Strong Bureaucracies

Lang Hancock on improving Japan-Australia relationship

HOLD UNTIL 2.00 PM E.S.T. APRIL, 18, 1978

Improving Japan-Australia relationship

It was claimed by officialdom that Australia would probably be importing iron ore by the year 1965, instead of which we are now supplying half of the Japanese market following on my discovery of the Hamersley Iron Field in November 1952. Continue reading Lang Hancock on improving Japan-Australia relationship

Our pleas fell on deaf ears

Lang Hancock, “Our pleas fell on deaf ears,”
Sunday Independent, October 27, 1974, p. 17.

Some 30-odd years ago, Frank Thompson, Bill Leslie and I started journeying to Canberra as a committee to tell the Menzies Government:

  • that our Pilbara was fantastically rich in minerals;
  • that it needed untold millions of pounds in capital to develop it; and
  • that we had a scheme to attract this capital at no cost to the taxpayer.

Continue reading Our pleas fell on deaf ears

Come on you Liberals — what about being dinkum?

Lang Hancock, “Come on you Liberals — what about being dinkum?,”
Sunday Independent, October 20, 1974, p. 20.

Anybody who has studied the latest platform of the Liberal Party emanating from their recent Federal Council meeting, and Mr Snedden’s qualifying remarks, must seriously wonder which section of the community is expected to vote for Liberal at the next election. Continue reading Come on you Liberals — what about being dinkum?

Jealousy rears its head in Pilbara

Lang Hancock, “Jealousy rears its head in Pilbara,”
Sunday Independent, October 13, 1974, p. 12.

In the past, Hancock and Wright have been prevented by a segment in the political field — because of personal bias — from forming a public company to sustain Australian equity in their projects. Continue reading Jealousy rears its head in Pilbara

Govt’s duty is to define rights — not confiscate

Lang Hancock, “Govt’s duty is to define rights — not confiscate,”
Sunday Independent, December 9, 1973, p. 81.

A profound statement appeared in The Australian of March 30, 1971. It said: “Governments, left to themselves, care nothing for liberty and nothing for justice. These things we have to look after ourselves.” Continue reading Govt’s duty is to define rights — not confiscate

Rex Connor: Is he the villain?

Lang Hancock, “Rex Connor: Is he the villain?,”
Sunday Independent, December 2, 1973, p. 28.

For 66 years, practically nobody outside of the trade union movement in Australia had heard of Rex Connor.

Probably few would have heard of him now except for the circumstances of his period in office coinciding with the tail end of the mineral boom, which pitchforked Australia on to the world scene with its export of major minerals, particularly iron, bauxite and nickel. Continue reading Rex Connor: Is he the villain?