The world’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, made headlines in her native Australia. She’s said Australians should “spend less time drinking, smoking, and socialising”, if they want to be successful. Mrs Rinehart is worth an estimated nineteen billion pounds, built up after she inherited a multi-million pound mining company from her late father. VOR’s Tim Walklate spoke to Thea Manning, a reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and asked her whether there had been an outcry following these comments.
The public has gone kind of wild about her comments, and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan led the charge against her, saying, “The comments are an insult to millions of Australian workers who go to work and flog it out to feed the kids and pay the bills”. The public definitely lashed out at her.
Who is she?
She’s the richest woman in the world. She’s kind of ridden the mining boom of Australia, the resource boom, and, yes, she’s making one million dollars every 30 minutes. She’s now worth 20 billion dollars. She’s come out and said that people shouldn’t be jealous of her money; they shouldn’t sit there and complain. She says, if people want more wealth, they should do something to make more money, they should work harder, they should be spending less time drinking, smoking, and socialising. She made the comments in her regular column, which is in a mining industry magazine, and she says that people like her… billionaires and millionaires… are doing more than anyone else is to help the poor by investing their money and creating jobs. She’s also suggested that the government should lower the minimum wage and cut taxes to stimulate employment, which caused the public to be very unimpressed.
I guess the ultimate irony is that most of her money… it was reported… was inherited.
Exactly! A lot of blogs and twitters have gone wild; people even say that her comments are “class warfare”. The Australian public reacted very strongly. That’s one of the main points that they’ve brought up. They’re kind of commenting on the fact that she was born into this wealth; she inherited much of her money from her father. Some people say that she doesn’t give enough to charities, that she doesn’t value family. She had an infamously bad relationship with her father, Lang Hancock, who called her “a baby elephant” in an open letter. People are saying that the fact that many of her children… three of her children… are currently locked in legal battles over their shares of the inheritance really indicates that she might have wealth, but she isn’t rich when it comes to her family life… that’s what many people are saying on Twitter and blogs.
Perhaps, do you think that possibly some Australians feel that there’s a kernel of truth in these comments?
I think some do. Yes. There’s a mixture of comments, with some people saying that she’s made a point, but others are saying that the stereotype of the lazy Australian with a beer is just not the case anymore, that she’s out of touch with the people that are working hard. You know, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek also said that if she thinks that the minimum wage is too much, she could really try living on it, because if you’re making 1 million dollars every half an hour… perhaps, you don’t understand how hard it is for most people who are struggling along.
3 September 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
The One Percent has become feral. It’s time to roll back tax rates to the levels of 1980, as the Affluent Effluent didn’t invest their money in the domestic economy, they hid it in offshore tax havens and invested it in compliant Third World kleptocracies, so that they could “moon” the labour, safety, and environmental regulations in the developed world (that’s why Willard Romney and the New GOP are objectively evil and criminal). It’s time to return business regulation to the 1980 level, too, as the Great Meltdown of ’07 was the direct result of greedy financiers pursuing once-illegal financial scams.
Government isn’t the people’s enemy… but the One Percent is, and the history of the past 32 years proves it to all. All those who say otherwise are soulless worshippers of Mammon… crazed devotees of the Almighty Dollar.
A Note to Orthodox People:
People such as Freddie M-G, Rod Dreher, Patrick Reardon, Jonas Paffhausen, and Matthias Moriak are rightwing purveyors of the rot criticised above. I wonder why Vladyki Hilarion Kapral allowed Freddie to peddle her oddbod ideas in Australia? A priest friend said, “Don’t read too much into it… he’s too kind by halves. He’s much too nice, and allows too much to slide. He’s a wonderful pastor, not a leader, just like the late Metropolitan Philaret”. Indeed, one would hope that Vladyki Hilarion would “channel” the legacy of the Prairie Ukies, who stood tall in the United Farmers (and are a backbone of the NDP to this day). He shouldn’t be giving a “blessing” to rightwing fanatics like Freddie… people like that are Christian Atheists (in the memorable words of a Russian bishop in re “evangelical” scummers).
We need to clean house and run the konvertsy poseurs out… but shall we?