|Ronald B. Manners|
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
|Residence||Perth, Western Australia|
|Education||Kalgoorlie School of Mines|
Ronald B. Manners is an Australian businessman. He is Executive Chairman of Mannwest Group and founder and Executive Director of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, an Australian free-market think tank. Manners was one of the founders of the Workers Party, subsequently known as the Progress Party, and is a co-founder of ANDEV (Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision), a lobby group chaired by co-founder and long-time friend Gina Rinehart.
Ron Manners was born in 1936 in Kalgoorlie, Australia, to a family that had a long association with the mining town. His grandfather, W.G. Manners, the son of a Ballarat prospector, headed West in the late 19th century and established a mining and engineering business, W.G. Manners & Co, in 1895. A fourth generation prospector, he studied electrical engineering at the Kalgoorlie School of Mines.
Career in mining
In 1955, he assumed management of the family business. He expanded and diversified the company which has evolved to become the Mannwest Group. Between 1972 and 1995, he floated several Australian listed mining companies, notably Croesus Mining NL. During his tenure as chairman, the company produced 1.275 million ounces of gold and paid 11 dividends.
He is Emeritus chairman, patron and 2011 inductee of the Australian Prospectors and Mining Hall of Fame. He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was elected as a "Mining Legend" at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney. In 2012, he defended Gina Rinehart against Wayne Swan in her bid to invest in Fairfax Media.
Free market advocacy
A proponent of the free market, he founded the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in 1997. He is an active member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the Co-ordinating Committee for the Commonwealth Study Conference. In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington, D.C..
- Heroic Misadventures (Australia:Four Decades-Full Circle) (2009) ISBN 978-0-646-52212-8
- Never a Dull Moment (with Charles Manners and Nancy Manners) (2002) ISBN 0-85905-174-9
As an editor
- Kanowna's Barrowman: 1859–1948: The Early History of Kalgoorlie's Goldrushes – James Balzano (with George Compton) (1993) ISBN 0-85905-176-5
- So I Headed West – W.G. Manners (1992) ISBN 0-85905-123-4
- Mannkal biography
- GLG Research biography
- "Ron Manners on the Workers Party". '’Economics.org.au'’. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Top end tax utopia all right for Rinehart". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- Rania Spooner, Rebranding the mining industry, SMH, 15 November 2011
- Sandra Eleyn Close, The great gold renaissance: the untold story of the modern Australian gold boom, 1982–2002, Surbiton Associates, 2002, p. 227
- Andrew Burrell, Courtly Manners rises to Rinehart's defence, The Australian, 23 June 2012
- Atlas Economic Research Foundation board