Nov 22, 2012

Rinehart’s get-rich-quick book for the nation shrouded in secrecy

Gina Rinehart will spend the next 36 hours zipping between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to launch her top-secret book of political essays. A presentation reveals personal photos of the billionaire.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

Gina Rinehart's top-secret new book will launch today to sympathetic mining and business crowds in Brisbane and Sydney -- although no journalist has laid eyes on it and the book's publisher refuses to discuss it with Crikey. The tome -- titled Northern Australia and Then Some -- Changes We Need to Make Our Country Rich -- is billed as a collection of political essays. Editor Eden Cox describes it as "a compendium of speeches, articles and images" that "offers the reader a comprehensive insight into her [Rinehart's] thoughts about national prosperity, and an intimate glimpse of the life and times of this prominent Australian, who has assumed the mantle of Western Australia's resources pioneer".

There's no word on whether it will cover any of her notorious court battles with her children, but there's a family reason Rinehart's book is being launched today. As the invite to the launches says:

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18 thoughts on “Rinehart’s get-rich-quick book for the nation shrouded in secrecy

  1. Jason Mountney

    I see Gina spent up big on a graphic designer for the front cover.

  2. zut alors

    We could kick off a fun competition to re-title the book but I fear we’d all end up as litigants.

  3. mattsui

    Dear crickey (or Power index) I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to learn more about the “Small Business Association of Australia” and Ms Rinehart’s role therein.
    Seems with Gina as chairperson, the “Small” part of their moniker is oxymoron at best.
    No suprise to see a mining magnate joining a pressure group in Queensland but I’m wonsering who else is involved and if “SBAA” has given money to the LNP (or connected in some more intimate way….?).
    Please investigate.

  4. mattsui

    @ Jason. re the cover. It looks like she did it herself. I like the reverse Ned Kelly she’s got going on in the photo’. Not so keen on the maroon font of the subtitle.

  5. Holden Back

    I do hope the pome is in it. And then some.

  6. Stephen

    “I see Gina spent up big on a graphic designer for the front cover.”

    Actually she probably did, then like every other senior management type in Australia decided that she would make better design decision and over-rode everything. I like that the font is nearly, but not quite comic sans… the type face of madness.

  7. CliffG

    And is there a chapter on Wittenoom? I’d like to read that!

  8. Roberto Tedesco

    Rent Seekers push their luck – and then some.

  9. AR

    Lest it be forgotten, Hancock ‘found’ the iron ore motherlode because his plane’s compass went nuts as flew north on yet another failing venture.
    At the time, because iron ore was thought by governments, state & federal to be rare, it was illegal to export it, being a crucial ‘security asset’ during the Cold War paranoic era – memories of “Pig Iron” Menzies being still too raw.
    SO Hancock, being the great patriot that he was, kept schtum about the find until he had secured leases on the areas (neither he nor Rhinohide have ever “owned” the resource, just the right to exploit it subject to due compensation to the common weal…HA!!)and lobbied his shyster mates to change the law on export.

  10. Joel

    But on the plus side, she found a graphic designer willing to work for less than $2 a day, so that’s a win. Making Australia richer already!

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