If I “owned Australia” I’d focus on its strengths – its vast supply of energy raw materials and to build a highly competitive energy supply sources located in “special economic zones” in remote locations to attract the best brains, manufacturing idea

From: Richard Rossiter [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, 9 June 2016 1:53 PM To: 'My Big Idea' [email protected] Subject: RE: Thank you for registering with My Big Idea

Hi My Big Idea team

Thank you – I hope you manage to fix that glitch as you will not get the ideas. Anyway here is the idea – it could be modified to include the agricultural space too – but i have left it as is.

Before I go further – this idea was discussed with Paul Fletcher in 2013/4 – you can see the email trail below and the attached answer from the Minister at the time – all unsatisfactory in my view – so I just left it – so hopefully this new initiative can run with it and make a difference – as I’m sure this idea (not unique) will make a huge difference for all Australians

  1. Idea title Special Economic Zones – to fast track Australia as an innovation and manufacturing hub

  2. Summary If I “owned Australia” I’d focus on its strengths – its vast supply of energy raw materials and to build a highly competitive energy supply sources located in “special economic zones” in remote locations to attract the best brains, manufacturing ideas and businesses into Australia.

  3. Additional info This is the original idea I sent to Paul Fletcher – you can see the full email trail attached below

From: Richard Rossiter Sent: Tuesday, 6 August 2013 7:43 PM To: Paul Fletcher ([email protected]) Subject: We have been listening - we have a plan for real action - here is "another idea to add"

Hi Paul Good to meet you today – and thank you for your leaflet and brief discussion on an idea that I passionately believe could change the future of Australia.

As mentioned, here are some thoughts on what if “i owned Australia”

Some basics – we are a small emerging and uncompetitive economy with vast natural resources – and importantly energy raw materials (coal, uranium, gas, oil) and agricultural land. We are surrounded by large, rapidly growing, competitive Asian economies and populations – who are “out smarting” us and using our natural wealth effectively to manufacture competitive goods, put us out of business, and probably eventually buy us and our natural wealth and space.

Australia is effectively destroying what little manufacturing base we have established – through rising costs of labour and energy, overzealous anti competitive regulation, amongst others.

Focussing on energy, we have been selling our coal resource to foreign mining companies (Thai, Chinese, Indian etc) and are then surprised when cheap domestic supply contracts are abandoned and our valuable energy is exported to neighbouring countries causing large increases to our power costs – again making us even more uncompetitive.

Why not focus on Australia’s strengths – that is a vast supply of energy raw materials (coal, uranium, gas) and use scarce public funds to build a highly competitive energy supply sources (call it very cheap power), possibly located in “special economic zones” to attract the best brains, manufacturing ideas and businesses into Australia. Lets compete effectively with our partners, use our strengths and attract our neighbour’s strengths to our country – instead of us making them stronger and wealthier through exporting our strengths to them.

Clearly a lot more debate and thought would need to go into this idea – but if followed it could turn the tide in terms of the inevitable – i.e. an Australia that is just consumed into the neighbouring economies and used for their own good. Lets stand up and make a difference – this is time for brave, visionary leadership – something that all Australians can aspire to.

Good luck with the election, may it be a great success – we certainly need change.

Best regards Richard

  1. Which challenge to put it under Economic growth – creating industries of the future

  2. Who helped me I asked the Chief of Strategy at JPMorgan to check my idea – he said it was sensible.

Final thoughts – of course one would need to get through the issue of the unions and labour law etc – these zones should have a lot more freedom regading that side – as we need to effectively compete with our neighbours – and our current framework does not allow that – it might be politically to big to chew? But with strong leadership and vision – I think Australians will eventually see the benefits that can flow from this strategy

Best rgds Richard

PS I’d love to hear what inappropriate language I apparently used – thank you

ATTACHED – PAST CORRESPONDENCE THAT YIELDED NO ACTION

From: Fletcher, Paul (MP) [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:31 AM To: Richard Rossiter Subject: RE: We have been listening - we have a plan for real action - here is "another idea to add"

Hi Richard

Thanks for sending this further information through. I have now received a response from Minister Macfarlane regarding the representations I made on your behalf. Please find a copy of that letter attached.

I trust this information will assist in your understanding of this issue.

Regards

Paul Fletcher MP Federal Member for Bradfield Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications

Level 2, 280 Pacific Highway Lindfield NSW 2070

02 9465 3950 |  02 9465 3999 |SYDNEY

www.paulfletcher.com.au

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From: Richard Rossiter [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, 17 February 2014 9:11 AM To: Fletcher, Paul (MP) Subject: RE: We have been listening - we have a plan for real action - here is "another idea to add"

Hi Paul The trend goes on – ie manufacturing demise. I was wondering if Ian has had a chance to reflect on the basic ideas put forward in my original email dated 6 August 2013? Thank you Richard

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-17/verrender---auto-industry/5261200

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From: Fletcher, Paul (MP) [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, 9 December 2013 11:46 AM To: Richard Rossiter Subject: RE: We have been listening - we have a plan for real action - here is "another idea to add"

Hi Richard

Thank you for your email and for passing on the article regarding resources in Queensland. I apologize for the lack of response to your earlier email – unfortunately I have no record of it being received.

Your emails raised some interesting points about how Special Economic Zones could be used to stimulate the manufacturing industry and increase competitiveness. I have written to the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry, raising your suggestions. Please find a copy of that letter attached.

I will notify you when I receive a response from the Minister.

Regards

Paul Fletcher MP Federal Member for Bradfield Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications

Level 2, 280 Pacific Highway Lindfield NSW 2070

02 9465 3950 |  02 9465 3999 |SYDNEY

www.paulfletcher.com.au

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From: Richard Rossiter [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, 12 November 2013 8:24 AM To: Fletcher, Paul (MP) Subject: RE: We have been listening - we have a plan for real action - here is "another idea to add"

Hi Paul – the “develop our own energy” idea below is compelling – when can we have a forum? Or get a response? My emial is now over 3 months old. Cheers Richard

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The opening of one of the world's more intriguing exploration frontiers. Queensland, Australia. The state declared itself open for uranium mining last month. Lifting a moratorium that's been in place since 1989. This a major development for the yellowcake industry. The last time uranium miners were allowed to work Queensland, the results were extremely profitable. That's because the state hosts the eastern extension of the Mount Isa-Cloncurry belt. Recently an area famous for big copper-gold deposits like Ernest Henry. But also a prime spot for uranium, back in the day when it wasn't outlawed. That's because of deposits like Mary Kathleen. The "Mary K" ores were some of the richest for uranium outside of Saskatchewan--running 0.1% to 0.15%. And the deposit was sizeable. Producing nearly 20 million pounds U3O8 before shut down in 1982. The belt here is also notable because of a deposit at its other, northern end. The Nabarlek uranium mine. Which produced U3O8 at a spectacular 2% grade. Nearly 24 million pounds worth. (You can see the cluster of deposits in north-central Australia in the map below--Mary Kathleen at the southeast end in Queensland, and Nabarlek in the northwest in the Northern Territory.)

Here's where the potential in Queensland gets really intriguing. The chance to find a look-alike for one of the world's largest uranium deposits: Olympic Dam. There are noted similarities between the copper mineralization at Olympic Dam in southern Australia and at Ernest Henry in Queensland. Both are large and rich. But Olympic Dam has something the Queensland deposits lack: uranium. However, we know there is uranium in the area in Queensland. At stand-alone deposits like Mary Kathleen and Nabarlek. There's long been speculation that the right environment may exist in Queensland to mineralize both copper and uranium. It appears the two were deposited by differing geologic events. The trick is to find a place where both happened together--creating a super-charged (and super-profitable) deposit like Olympic Dam. The lifting of the moratorium here gives explorers the chance to run with this hunt. Let's see what the results are. Here's to a new beginning to an old story, Dave Forest [email protected] / @piercepoints / Facebook

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From: Richard Rossiter Sent: Saturday, 24 August 2013 12:58 PM To: Paul Fletcher ([email protected]) Subject: RE: We have been listening - we have a plan for real action - here is "another idea to add"

Hi Paul – I’m glad the polls are heading back in the right direction. I noted with interest the emergence of “special economic zones” as we discussed in both camps. I think if you chose the correct areas (remote) and made them highly competitive tax, salary etc wise – you would readjust Australian views on salaries, productivity etc – and pave the way for full scale change in the country to make us more competitive and boost our manufacturing industry.

Anyway I’m looking forward to a considered response or further dialogue on the idea below – even with Tony if that’s possible. Thank you Richard

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From: Richard Rossiter Sent: Tuesday, 6 August 2013 7:43 PM To: Paul Fletcher ([email protected]) Subject: We have been listening - we have a plan for real action - here is "another idea to add"

Hi Paul Good to meet you today – and thank you for your leaflet and brief discussion on an idea that I passionately believe could change the future of Australia.

As mentioned, here are some thoughts on what if “i owned Australia”

Some basics – we are a small emerging and uncompetitive economy with vast natural resources – and importantly energy raw materials (coal, uranium, gas, oil) and agricultural land. We are surrounded by large, rapidly growing, competitive Asian economies and populations – who are “out smarting” us and using our natural wealth effectively to manufacture competitive goods, put us out of business, and probably eventually buy us and our natural wealth and space.

Australia is effectively destroying what little manufacturing base we have established – through rising costs of labour and energy, overzealous anti competitive regulation, amongst others.

Focussing on energy, we have been selling our coal resource to foreign mining companies (Thai, Chinese, Indian etc) and are then surprised when cheap domestic supply contracts are abandoned and our valuable energy is exported to neighbouring countries causing large increases to our power costs – again making us even more uncompetitive.

Why not focus on Australia’s strengths – that is a vast supply of energy raw materials (coal, uranium, gas) and use scarce public funds to build a highly competitive energy supply sources (call it very cheap power), possibly located in “special economic zones” to attract the best brains, manufacturing ideas and businesses into Australia. Lets compete effectively with our partners, use our strengths and attract our neighbour’s strengths to our country – instead of us making them stronger and wealthier through exporting our strengths to them.

Clearly a lot more debate and thought would need to go into this idea – but if followed it could turn the tide in terms of the inevitable – i.e. an Australian that is just consumed into the neighbouring economies and used for their own good. Lets stand up and make a difference – this is time for brave, visionary leadership – something that all Australians can aspire to.

Good luck with the election, may it be a great success – we certainly need change.

Best regards Richard

Richard Rossiter

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From: My Big Idea [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, 9 June 2016 11:36 AM To: Richard Rossiter Subject: Re: Thank you for registering with My Big Idea

Hi Richard,

Sorry to hear that.

If you can send me your idea title, summary, any additional info, which challenge to put it under, I can submit it for you.

Also an image also helps if you have one.

Thanks My Big Idea team

On 9 Jun 2016, at 11:30 AM, Richard Rossiter [email protected] wrote: Hi – I could not submit my idea – it said “inappropriate language”! – i have no idea what that is as it was all fine – please help i could not work out what was “offensive” and so lost all my submission work Cheers rich

From: My Big Idea [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of My Big Idea Sent: Thursday, 9 June 2016 10:50 AM To: Richard Rossiter Subject: Thank you for registering with My Big Idea

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