Nov 27, 2012

Rinehart’s lessons for small business: just earn more money

Gina Rinehart has put out a new book, with much fanfare. While there are still no copies of the book in sight, we've sifted through her speech launching the book to discover seven gems from Gina.

Gina Rinehart has declared herself a small businesswoman at the launch of her new book, Northern Australia and Then Some: Changes We Need to Make to Make Our Country Rich. Most small businesses may not have felt they have much in common with Australia's richest person, whose wealth is estimated at $20 billion, but Rinehart assured small businesses that she was really one of them in a whirlwind tour of Australia on Thursday. The mining magnate distanced herself from multinational miners who, she said, were better able to deal with the regulation that surrounds the mining industry. "BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have floors of people working on these approvals [but] it is really hard for small and medium business," she said at the launch. While there are still no copies of the book in sight, we've sifted through Rinehart's speech launching the book to discover seven gems from Gina ... 1. Develop the north The mining magnate started Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision with "concerned friends" in 2010 and part of the organisation's mandate is to call for further development in northern Australia, a theme Rinehart expanded on at her book launch. "Dad and I wanted to see the benefits of hospitals, weatherproof roads, good education facilities, communication and other facilities, most of us in cities don't think much about, brought to the people of the north, through investment and business and development projects," she said. 2. Put a stop to Australia's debt Rinehart warned the launch that the government needs to reign in Australia's debts. "Boy do we need to see this happening today, as our federal government keeps increasing our nation's debts, and sadly our state governments adding to this burden, with far too little thought as to how we first create wealth and revenue, so there is something available to spend!" she said. 3. Turn northern Australia into a food bowl for Australia's neighbours According to Rinehart, food production is the way of the future for Australia: "I mention food because I see this is going to be a great need for the world, especially for our more populous friends or more increasingly populous neighbours, to our north. "We need to make better use of our northern land by making water more available for it. We need to see, for instance, pipelines or channels carrying surplus water from the Kimberley put to use that is otherwise being wasted. But this takes money, and requires policies to make investment welcome." 4. More investment in mining Somewhat predictably, Rinehart believes further investment is needed in mining for Australia to prosper and the billionaire also expressed concern for the state of social services: "The investment in our mining industry has been very positive for Australia, but we need to be doing more, if we want, as I do, more revenue for our defence, our police, our elderly, our hospitals, roads and infrastructure, and communication, to be able to repay our debts and enable sustainable job opportunities for existing and future generations." 5. Earn more revenue This further investment will enable Australia to earn more revenue which, according to Gina, is crucial to enable more spending. "We need to earn revenue before we can spend it. We need to focus more on the earning, not just the spending, and for this we need to have a good environment to make investment welcome," she said. 6. Beware of turning into Greece, Spain or Portugal Rinehart cautioned Australia is at risk of turning into flailing European economies Greece, Spain or Portugal. "We don't want to see Australia continue on a course with too many heads buried in the sand, critical investors discouraged by bad policies -- even hated -- too few understanding the problems, while Australia moves towards being another Greece, Spain or Portugal," she said. 7. Create better policies for small business As a small businesswoman herself and the head of the Small Business Association, Rinehart called for better policies for small businesses. She said her company will donate an annual prize to the SBA for the person who has done the most in Australia to promote or protect small business in Australia. "To me, small business and the mining and related industries and other primary industries are the backbone of our great country, and critical to our country's future," she said. "We need to create better policies for small businesses to prosper, reinvest and grow in Australia, and consequently make the contribution and create the opportunities Australia needs." *This article was first published at SmartCompany

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8 thoughts on “Rinehart’s lessons for small business: just earn more money

  1. Claire

    Small businesswoman … where do you even start on that? 😀

    By the way, it’s “rein in”, not “reign in”.

  2. Schultz Grant

    Article would have carried more credibility if it wasn’t peppered with typos and grammatical errors. Lazy.

  3. Andybob

    Just as long as it’s not another poem …

  4. Ken Dally

    “We need to see, for instance, pipelines or channels carrying surplus water from the Kimberley put to use that is otherwise being wasted.”

    Comments like this always disturb me. Water that flows to the sea from river systems is not wasted, it feeds and supports the oceans ecosystems which in the case of the Kimberly rivers is arguably one of the richest and healthy marine environments in the world. Dam and or divert the rivers and this all changes and includes changes to local and regional climate systems if you start putting lots of water where it isn’t. Nobody know what the changes would be although examples from around the globe suggest that it not always good.

  5. Venise Alstergren

    “Small businesswoman”, in the abstract, or the particular?

  6. Mk8adelic

    This woman is beyond delusional. I don’t think she could have established a lemonade stand outside her home without inherited wealth.

  7. arthurneddysmith

    I can’t take anything that is printed about her seriously anymore. Whenever I hear her name, all I can’t think about is Miss Piggy, and every quote of hers comes across to me in Miss Piggy’s voice.

  8. The Pav

    Based on Ms Rinehart’s writing ( both verse & prose) it would assume that her great wealth was not a consquence of her intellectual capacity.

    I can assure Ms Rinehart that I do not in any way eny her or her life

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