An executive of Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has criticised the Federal Government's "class war" on big business as he accepted an industry award.
Hancock Prospecting chief development officer John Klepec picked up the Dealer of the Year Award on the company's behalf at the annual Diggers and Dealers mining conference in Kalgoorlie.
Mr Klepec said the Federal Government's policy towards business had been delivered to the Australian public "draped in a smoke screen of old-style class war antagonism ... especially the mining sector and its leaders such as Mrs Rinehart".
"As Mrs Rinehart says, it is time to stop the smoke screen of this divisive class warfare and get on with building projects to help Australia get out of its record debt," he told delegates last night.
"Let's get back to our roots, the roots that built this country and enabled jobs and revenue and opportunities."
Separately, Hancock Prospecting - the only company to ink an enterprise migration agreement with the Federal Government - has appointed national workforce services company Skilled to canvass interest from jobseekers for its $9.5 billion Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara.