Feb 13, 2012

Geoff Lemon: Gina, your poetic licence is revoked

As the editor of a long-running poetry journal, I thank Gina Rinehart for putting the noble art of verse in the media spotlight, writes Geoff Lemon, poet, author, satirist and editor of Going Down Swinging.

Thank you, Gina Rinehart. As the editor of a long-running poetry journal, I thank Rinehart for putting the noble art of verse in the media spotlight.

The critics, as Rinehart knows, are harsh. They criticise your poetry. They criticise your attempts to become a media magnate. They are probably going to abduct your children. That could be handy, because you don’t like your children very much, but that is nobody else’s business. Get off my lawn.

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35 thoughts on “Geoff Lemon: Gina, your poetic licence is revoked

  1. Dan Gulberry

    There’s a lady who’s sure
    All that glitters is coal
    And she’s buying shares
    In Fairfax and Ten…

    (apologies to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page; No apologies at all to Gina Rinehart)

  2. ianjohnno1

    This is the sort of thing that begs the publication of The Thoughts of Chairman Gina.

  3. leone

    Wow! Is there anything that Gina can’t do? Loving mother, fervent benefactor of the legal profession, billionaire, business woman, media magnate and now poet as well. I look forward to seeing more of her talent. A little bird tells me that Gina will soon be gracing the stage in the Australian Ballet’s new work Fantasia Revisited. I believe Gina has the role of the hippo.

    Gina has also been working on her debut as an author, with her Aussie-themed romance ‘Passion in the Pilbarra’ soon to be published by Mills and Boon. Advance publicity says the book will be ‘a passionate tale of an heiress betrayed by her family and left to fend for herself with only a few billion dollars to her name. It will feature a romance with a handsome media star and will take us into the seedy world of politics.’ Should be a great read.

  4. [email protected]

    As a lover and sometime writer of what used to be called ‘light verse’, I care very much about scansion, rhythm and rhyme, which must be perfect in this form of frivolity (except, of course, for O.Nash). The great poets can do what they want.

    Doggerel is another matter altogether and always dissipates any passion the writer may feel. For example: “The trumpets sounded loudly,
    The Angel beckoned ‘Come’,
    The gates of Heaven opened
    And in walked mum.”
    It’s unlikely Gina will see this amusing writing, which would probably wound her more than anything written recently about her court cases, her children, her questionable care for their families. Ignorance may be bliss.

  5. form1planet

    Our way of life is threatened not by debts or rampant tax
    But billionaires with scant regard for scientific facts
    The more we dig up from the ground, the more we foul the air
    The lack of urgent action leads us almost to despair
    It’s hard to argue with the vested interests in this nation
    Especially ones that buy themselves a handy TV station
    We need to go renewable, it’s safer, clean and greener
    But who is going to foot the bill? Well how about it, Gina?

  6. Michael James

    Jesus Crikey, what a waste of bandwidth.

    We have real issues confronting the country and this sort of sophomore shite is the best that you can come up with?

    I like some satirical irony as much as the next person, but your obsession with Rinehart is getting up their with your unhealthy obsession with Murdoch.

    Lets get back to some real issues and leave this sort of excreta to university mags.

  7. jeebus

    It would be hard to call this anything more than self serving propaganda from a mind more paranoid than Scrooge McDuck!

    In this new gilded age, for a person on track to become the richest in the world, Gina seems terrified of paying two cents, let alone her fair share.

    What she does not want to understand, is that mining is not a wealth creation industry, it’s a wealth extraction industry. Why should a company automatically gain ownership of a resource that they themselves did not create?

    That’s not how capitalism works!

    If mining companies want to sell OUR resources, they should first have to BUY them off us at properly negotiated market rates. When the global spot price goes up, our government should be negotiating a better price on our behalf.

    We can only sell these resources once, and we should be getting the best price that we can from these service and logistics companies.

    Did Gina Reinhardt create $20 billion worth of minerals? Nope. She merely dug them up for a fraction of the cost. We need a government that will negotiate in our interest against these entitled robber barons.

  8. podrick

    There is rich lady name Gina
    Who raged about things being greener,
    She then used her billions
    and lawyers by the millions
    to buy the north of Australia
    so she could call it Ginatalia

  9. Liz A

    It’s a brilliant example of Vogon poetry.

    I wonder if she used this to generate it:

    In fact I had one generated just for Gina:

    [See, see the dead sky
    Marvel at its big pink depths.
    Tell me, no-one do you
    Wonder why the miner ignores you?
    Why its foobly stare
    makes you feel crabby.
    I can tell you, it is
    Worried by your ANDEV facial growth
    That looks like
    A core.
    What’s more, it knows
    Your Green potting shed
    Smells of mineral.
    Everything under the big dead sky
    Asks why, why do you even bother?
    You only charm JuliARs.]

    That’s pretty good by comparison!


    The woman wants free reign to tear the earth a new asshole
    and writes torturously bad poetry.

    Folks, she’s a Vogon.

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