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– Wayne Swan – Just can’t help himself  –
–  A little man in every way –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 30th Aug 2012 |
T he acting PM Wayne Swan came out this morning and attacked Gina Rinehart over comments she made and published in an article in The Australian today.[Photo courtesy Larry Pickering.]A bigger man would have left the story alone and let people decide – Swan ever the man to beat a drum to an ALP war cry confirmed his ‘idiot jester’ tag and should hang his head in shame.

First – Rinehart’s comments –

Gina Rinehart tells whingers: get out of the pub


| Author: Andrew Burrell | Date: 30th Aug 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

AUSTRALIA’S richest person, Gina Rinehart, has issued a stern rebuke to those jealous of the wealthy: start working harder and cut down on drinking, smoking and socialising.

The controversial mining magnate also attacks Australia’s “class warfare” and insists it is billionaires such as herself who are doing more than anyone to help the poor by investing their money and creating jobs. Mrs Rinehart also suggests the government should lower the minimum wage of $606.40 per week and cut taxes to stimulate employment.

In her regular column in Australian Resources and Investment magazine, she warns that Australia risks heading down the same path as European economies ruined by “socialist” policies, high taxes and excessive regulation.

Mrs Rinehart, publisher Fairfax Media’s biggest shareholder, takes a shot at the media for failing to scrutinise “socialist” policies and for publishing stories that celebrate environmental protesters.

She says Australia must return to its roots by encouraging people to invest and build.

“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,” writes Mrs Rinehart, who has built a $20 billion-plus mining empire since inheriting lucrative tenements from her father, Lang Hancock, in 1992.

“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.”

Mrs Rinehart claims anti-business policies hurt the poor and the young more than the wealthy. “The terrible millionaires and billionaires can often invest in other countries,” she says. “And if they do suffer, what does that really mean? Maybe that their teenagers don’t get the cars they wanted, or a better beach house, or maybe the holiday to Europe is cut.

“No, those who hurt the most when investments are killed off by taxes, green tape and socialist policies that are not friendly to business or conducive to investment are those who usually vote for the anti-business socialist parties. And for them, the price is very high. It’s a job lost, when they have few savings, a mortgage to meet and children to clothe and feed.

“The millionaires and billionaires who choose to invest in Australia are actually those who most help the poor and our young.”

Mrs Rinehart’s latest tirade comes as she attempts to secure up to $7bn in debt funding to develop one of Australia’s biggest iron ore projects, Roy Hill, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. But the iron ore price has slumped to less than $US100 a tonne, casting some doubt over her plans to formally approve the project by early next year.

Mrs Rinehart last week attempted – and failed – to sell a 5 per cent stake in Fairfax after the company unveiled a massive $2.732bn loss.

The magnate’s Hancock Prospecting holds a 14.9 per cent stake in the publishing company.

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Swans pathetic response is published below:

Rinehart’s welfare comments an ‘insult to millions’: Treasurer


| Author: | Date: | Link to On-Line Story. |

Treasurer Wayne Swan has slammed mining magnate Gina Rinehart for insulting Australian workers after she accused people of being jealous of the wealthy.

In her regular column in Australian Resources and Investment magazine, she writes it is billionaires like herself who are doing more than anyone to help the poor by investing their money and creating jobs.

“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,” Ms Rinehart wrote.

“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.”

“Tony Abbott is Gina’s knight in shining armour when it comes to fighting for tax cuts for her and Clive Palmer” … Treasurer Wayne Swan.

“Tony Abbott is Gina’s knight in shining armour when it comes to fighting for tax cuts for her and Clive Palmer” … Treasurer Wayne Swan. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

She also suggested the government should lower the minimum wage of $606.40 a week and cut taxes to stimulate employment.

But Mr Swan said the comments were ‘‘an insult to the millions of Australian workers who go to work and slog it out to feed the kids and pay the bills’’.

‘‘The big question is whether (Opposition Leader) Tony Abbott will endorse Gina Rinehart’s social policies as he’s endorsed her tax, industrial relations and environmental policies,’’ the treasurer said in a statement.

‘‘Tony Abbott is Gina’s knight in shining armour when it comes to fighting for tax cuts for her and Clive Palmer.’’

Mr Swan added: ‘‘The question for Tony Abbott today is does he agree with Gina Rinehart that Aussies are lazy workers who drink and socialise too much?

‘‘Will he do her bidding and slash the minimum wage as Gina wants him to?’’

Mr Abbott has yet to respond.

But Australian Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt has joined a chorus of criticism of Ms Rinehart for insulting workers.

Mr Bandt said he was continually amazed at people like Ms Rinehart, who did not see the mining boom as belonging to everyone.

‘‘They want to take all of the benefits for themselves and distribute none of it to the rest of the country,’’ he told journalists.

‘‘A lot of people work very hard and work a lot harder than Gina Rinehart does and take home less each week than her.’’

Earlier today, federal Health Minister Ms Plibersek said Ms Rinehart was out of line attacking those on the lowest wages.

“I think it’s pretty easy for Gina Rinehart to say that people on the minimum wage should get paid less,” she told the Seven network today.

“I think she should try living on the minimum wage.”

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, told Seven she respected success but Ms Rinehart was not self-made.

“She’s accumulated wealth from her family.”

Senator Rhiannon said workers were out there creating the wealth.

Building union chief Tony Maher said Ms Rinehart’s comments showed why Australia’s mining billionaires should not lead Australia’s economic debate.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union national president said in a statement today that Mrs Rinehart’s comments revealed her “twisted logic”.

“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.”What planet is she living on?”

Mr Maher said Ms Rinehart was born into a mining fortune and once you had such a fortune it wasn’t hard to build on it, especially in an era of record prices for Australian resources.

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Swan has no idea how to throw a ‘barb’, or a political curve ball designed to discredit and cause mayhem in the Opposition ranks.

Swan’s retort over Gina Rinehart’s comments is a cheap political stunt and demonstrates the length and breath of Swan’s political savvy – he’s a desperate man and desperately wants to be seen as the alternative PM once Gillard is done over the AWU scandal.

Rinehart lives in the private sector and offers her comments without political slant.   On the other hand – Swan stood as the Acting PM when he made his comments and must draw fire on the personal attack.

Gillard can have no fear from this dilation.


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