Alannah MacTiernan says the business sector and government need to work together. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Rinehart, MacTiernan go head-to-head

Two of WA’s most influential women presented competing views on the role of government at a recent agribusiness forum.


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The ability for business and industry to invest and develop is the critical path to economic development in the regions. To do this, they need to be able to move quickly and with certainty, but the layers of red tape in the state just add cost and time to processes that are already high risk and would make anyone wonder why they should bother. Companies like Hancock have invested big amounts of money and are creating real jobs and should be encouraged by a government that is supporting them. Instead they are just told what they cant do and have roadblocks put in front of them.

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