Australia’s richest business woman Gina Rinehart is to have a presence in Darwin and former Chief Minister Adam Giles will be it.Mr Giles has been appointed the General Manager of External Affairs Pastoral for Australia and he will be basing himself in Darwin.
The business presence of Ms Rinehart in Darwin has been welcomed by the NT Chamber of Commerce which says it will put a much needed national and international focus on Darwin and the Territory.
“An office presence by Gina Rinehart in the Northern Territory’s capital, headed up by a former NT Chief Minister who has belief and commitment to the Territory is a good thing,” Acting Chamber of Commerce chief executive Brian O’Gallagher said.
“Despite whatever internal problems befell the previous government Mr Giles was astute and passionate about the Territory. Any new business presence in the Territory should be welcomed, anything less sends out the worst possible message to the rest of Australia. ”
It is no secret Mrs Rinehart had strong regard for Mr Giles when he was Northern Territory Chief Minister.
He convinced Mrs Rinehart to consider building and $175 million state of the art cancer hospital and several potential sites have been earmarked. Since the Territory election talks on the hospital have stalled.
Plans for the hospital were revealed in late 2014 by Mr Giles and confirmed in January 2015 by Mrs Rinehart, while accepting an award for Philanthropist of the Year.
She declared her company, Hancock Prospecting, had committed “the largest charitable donation in Australian history — to build a specialised cancer hospital for the people of Northern Australia, based in Darwin.”
“Those who work in the challenging north of our country, with its great potential, need world-class health facilities, too. That is our ambition,” she had said.
Mr Giles said the hospital was always intended as a for-profit business that would target wealthy Asian patients looking for high-end cancer treatments.