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World’s richest woman: ‘Drink less, work more’



Gina Rinehart. AFP FILE PHOTO

SYDNEY— The world’s richest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, urged those “jealous” of the wealthy to “spend less time drinking” in a piece blasted as “insulting” by Canberra on Thursday.

Rinehart, whose family iron ore prospecting fortune of Aus$29.2 billion (US$30.1 billion) also makes her Australia’s wealthiest person, hit out at those envious of the rich.

“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,” she wrote in a regular industry magazine column.

“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.

“Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others.”

Rinehart blaming what she described as “socialist”, anti-business policies for the plight of Australia’s poor, urging the government to lower the minimum wage, as well as taxes, to promote investment.

But senior ministers including Treasurer Wayne Swan — an outspoken critic of Australia’s mining billionaires and their deep-pocketed anti-tax campaigns — slammed the remarks.

“These sorts of comments are an insult to the millions of Australian workers who go to work and slog it out to feed the kids and pay the bills,” Swan said, adding that Rinehart clearly regarded Australians as “lazy workers who drink and socialise too much”.

Swan has repeatedly attacked Rinehart, coal magnate Clive Palmer and iron ore baron Andrew Forrest for running “self-interested” campaigns against the centre-left Labor government’s taxes on mining profits and pollution.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said it was “pretty easy for Gina Rinehart to say that people on the minimum wage should get paid less” when she did not have to live on it.

The left-leaning Greens party noted that Rinehart had “accumulated wealth from her family”, while Australia’s mining union labelled her remarks “bizarre” and accused her of pursing a “dangerous” agenda.

“At the same time as trying to import cheap foreign labour and avoid paying tax, Rinehart claims it’s millionaires and billionaires who are the greatest for social good,” said mining union president Tony Maher.

“What planet is she living on? She should spend less time ranting and more time sharing.”


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  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    she can address these remarks to filipino squatters and activitists…

    • Manuel_II

      Yeah right, that’s why we have a 40years of insurrection (NPA) because of people like you.   Don’t get me wrong i hate the communist and that they should be destroyed, however, we should also look into why these people rebelled in the first place and this is because of people like you.

      You Fail, try again, LOL

      • AbantePilipinas

        uhmm i dont get it, what’s wrong with his comment? 

      • Justin Macalintal

        No, you failed. Your comment has no logical relation to his comment whatsoever. His comment was aimed solely at the Filipino squatters and activists but then you blabbered about the NPA like a lunatic. 

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        ouch, nasaktan ka?  squatter ka siguro?  or activist?  if so, what good have you done so far for this country?

        gripe against the rich because they are rich?
         
        aray!  yan ang tunay na boomerang…australian style…

        You Fail, try again, LOL

  • pilosopo4

    She should go to the gym and get rid of excess fat brought about by her opulence..inherited wealth can make someone insensitive to the poor.

    • Guest

      On the other hand, is she to blame for poverty in her country, let alone elsewhere?

  • Guest

    Manuel_II posted:

    “Yeah
    right, that’s why we have a 40years of insurrection (NPA) because of
    people like you.   Don’t get me wrong i hate the communist and that they
    should be destroyed, however, we should also look into why these people
    rebelled in the first place and this is because of people like you.

    You Fail, try again, LOL”—And you think this communist insurrection had contributed anything to alleviate, reduce poverty in this impoverished nation? Despite all those NPA acitivities, squatters became more prevalent.There is nothing wrong in demanding people here to move their backs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UN2K2XHKOVVMXAWURS4WJBHVAI David

    I find it very hypocritical for someone who INHERITED her fortune to say that. Unfortunately, today hard work would mean more profit for your boss and the still the same minimum wage for you. I find it very insulting to the millions of over-worked and yet under-paid workers to tell them that they are still poor because they are lazy. I find it very insulting, and downright idiotic, to the millions of landless peasants who toiled in the fields that they do not own that they are poor because they are lazy or because they have too many children. They are victims of an oppressive and exploitative society where a small group of rich people become even more richer thanks to HARD WORK of the millions of workers and peasants. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UN2K2XHKOVVMXAWURS4WJBHVAI David

    Since someone mentioned the NPA, I would have to tell you that the NPA is a product of all these social injustices. A landless peasant who was pushed to the edge because of oppressive social conditions would readily join the NPAs. A native tribesman who lost his land to foreign mining companies would be most susceptible to the propaganda of NPA rebels who are actually just telling them the truth about their conditions. As to the one who said that “you think this communist insurrection had contributed anything to alleviate, reduce poverty in this impoverished nation?” that is just absurd since a rebel movement, as long as it is not yet in power, can never undertake significant changes in society. Also, as far as I know, these NPA rebels also undertook “agrarian reforms” in their areas of control. I think that was also reported in this paper several months ago. Well, that is obviously not enough to mitigate the situation, but at least they are trying to improve the lot of landless peasants even if they are not yet in power while those landlord-politicos like Aquino would rather sit idly or shoot protesting peasants. 

    • Guest

      The irony is, the NPA is notorious for taxing the poor peasants with “revolutionary taxes”. And that really helps those peasants, LOL. At least Gina Rinehart does not kill people unlike the NPA which killed already thousands of people particularly in Mindanao.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UN2K2XHKOVVMXAWURS4WJBHVAI David

    Actually, just an FYI, Gina Rinehart inherited much of her wealth. How’s that for “working hard”? Or maybe she just worked hard to INHERIT it or maybe she just worked hard and invested much money to lobby for the decrease of Australia’s minimum wage and change the retirement age from 60 to 70. Gosh! She really worked that hard!

  • Guest

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    Maybe the poor could also spend less time on whining and more on working. Is it already a human rights violation to tell the poor they should work more?



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