Sunday, 9 March 2014

We know some of what allegedly went on with Korean mining company Kores, but what did CSG mining company Metgasco Limited do to lobby for its future?

The Daily Telegraph 6 March 2014:

FORMER resources minister Chris Hartcher had dinner at the home of a mining company lobbyist with mining executives who were trying to win approval for an $800 million mine.
The lobbyist and Liberal fundraiser is Nick Di Girolamo, who, along with Mr Hartcher, faces an ICAC inquiry into allegations he and others corruptly directed money into a slush fund in return for favours.
Mr Hartcher, who was forced to resign as a minister after an ICAC raid on December 5, dined at Mr Di Girolamo’s home with representatives of Korean mining company Kores, which was trying to get the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine, on the Central Coast, approved.
Kores director Jungki Lee and Susan Lee, a local Korean figure on the government’s Multicultural Business Advisory Panel, were at the dinner, sources have told The Daily Telegraph.
Asked at parliament yesterday if he wanted to comment on the dinner, Mr Hartcher said: “No”.
Ms Lee said at first “I don’t know” and “I don’t recall”, before saying: “Do I have to answer this?” and suggesting The Daily Telegraph might speak to her lawyer.
The article above sets out one alleged tactic used by a Korean mining company in its lobbying of the NSW O’Farrell Government, but what tactics did Metgasco Limited employ when lobbying, given it had Liberal Party member Richard Shields on its team for two years?

Mr. Richard Shields is External Relations Manager of Metgasco Ltd. Richard has knowledge and experience in politics, having worked for almost 20 years in senior government and party related roles. He understands the challenges and complexities of the legislative and regulatory processes of government, in addition to having an insight into managing media and community relations. Prior to joining Metgasco, Richard served as Deputy Director of the Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) for over 3 years and also served as the Interim State Director. Other positions held by Richard include a Policy Adviser to former Senator the Hon Helen Coonan as Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Richard has also worked as a Senior Consultant for two of Australia's issues management firms. Drawing on his media and stakeholder management skills, Richard advises the Managing Director and Board on issues management, communications and engagement strategies and investor relations Richard has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.


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