No matter who you vote for a politician always gets in

I CAN remember as a kid in my home town, the local member of parliament was always someone you knew,...

Growing up is hard to do

THANK god it’s over – winter I mean, it was a grim one. The days are getting longer, the golf clubs have...

Size does matter

RISK and reward, no pain no gain, you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, there’s no such thing...

Was I born yesterday?

MARCH 15: I HEARD a great saying the other day, ascribed to some wise old mining guy: “Only invest in...

The art of communication

FEBRUARY 23: MANY years ago as a young geologist, I packed my satchel, left the cosy comforts of West...

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22 FEBRUARY 2010

Picks and shovels

THAT old adage that in a gold rush it is best to be the one selling the picks and shovels has never been...

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08 FEBRUARY 2010

All is calm, all is bright

CHRISTMAS is a time of certainty, at least in this country. The weather will be foul, the shops will...

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21 DECEMBER 2009

The barbarous relic

NOVEMBER 30: I WAS playing golf recently in some corporate day or other and was paired with an American...

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30 NOVEMBER 2009

What's in a name

NOVEMBER 2: IT IS a matter of historical record that the Newmont exploration team who carried out the...

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03 NOVEMBER 2009

Keep it simple comrade

AS Australians we tend to sometimes think we deserve bragging rights on some issues, especially when...

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21 OCTOBER 2009

Political risk - it's a game played everywhere

RISK is relative, in that we all have our own view of what is sensible, proper and fun, and what is just...

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28 SEPTEMBER 2009

They're back

Thank god we finally won something, I was beginning to despair. London is full of Australians, Kiwis,...

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07 SEPTEMBER 2009

The trouble with people

I HAVE an MBA! Well of course you do, I hear you say. Someone with their finger so firmly on the pulse...

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24 AUGUST 2009

What have we learned?

AUGUST 10: AS A kid, I was pretty much the same as every other Australian country kid. I was an idiot....

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08 AUGUST 2009

We're from the government, we're here to help

JULY 20: AS A young man, recently married, gainfully employed and still sans children, milestones seemed...

The pace of things

JUNE 29: IN THE words of Robert Louis Stevenson, “there are no foreign lands, it is the traveller only...