SHOVE IT, GINA
When Gina Rinehart says Australia is becoming too expensive, don’t think for one second she’s talking about it becoming too expensive for you.
She means it’s too expensive for her to make the same kind of massive profits she’s used to making. In fact, she said only last week that she wants poor people to take a wage cut in order for her to remain a squillionaire.
For all of her impressive-sounding quotations from the World Economic Forum stating that we’re in decline, she’s actually talking a load of rubbish. The leading minerals industry advisors, Behre Dolbeare, have ranked Australia as the best place to invest in mining for the third year running.
Even with the mining tax and the price on carbon, we’re number one in the world. Still. It’s highly unlikely that she and her other mining buddies don’t know that.
Where’s this fabled land that’s a better place for mining than Australia? Mars?
The ‘do what I demand or I’ll leave you all in ruin’ threat is reprehensible. It’s the kind of talk you’d imagine coming from a medieval feudal lord.
I suspect Gina has a wardrobe full of ermine capes and when she’s home alone, has a couple of glasses of vino, throws one on and prances around in front a mirror singing “I’m the king of the castle and you’re a dirty rascal”.
I’m just waiting for her to demand the federal government makes it illegal for common people to wear purple and own land.
The bottom line is Gina wants us to tighten our belts so she doesn’t have to.
She sees herself as some sort of ruler, more powerful than the government and more entitled to decide the future of our country than the politicians we elected.
Perhaps we should be tithing our wheat to her as well, dancing around maypoles in her open cut mines and naming a feast day in her honour.
The other option is we stand up to her threats and tell her to shove it. After all, we’re the ones who own the wealth she’s digging up, not her.
*Corinne Grant is a stand-up comedian, MC, presenter, writer and broadcaster and has performed both nationally and internationally. In addition to her years on Rove Live and The Glasshouse, she has appeared on everything from Spicks and Specks to Dancing With The Stars to Good News Week. She has co-hosted successful national radio shows, performed countless solo live shows and appeared everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to the Kalgoorlie Arts Centre. Corinne’s first book, Lessons In Letting Go: Confessions of a Hoarder (Allen and Unwin) was released in September 2010 and went into reprint just months after its release.