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Dec 10, 2012

What would a politically charged Rinehart do? Read the book

Gina Rinehart’s new self-published book offers some unique insights into the mining billionaire. What if she decided to spend more of her fortune on political activism?

In the wash-up from America’s presidential election, much is being made of the hundreds of millions of dollars that conservative billionaires spent trying to secure a Republican victory. Reports suggest casino mogul Sheldon Adelson spent somewhere in the vicinity of $US150 million, while arch conservatives David and Charles Koch are believed to have spent a similar amount.

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8 thoughts on “What would a politically charged Rinehart do? Read the book

  1. a bed

    These idiots who think economy = big household.

    Still, like you say, a fascinating possibility. I for one welcome our new stupid, fat overlords.

  2. kebab shop pizza

    It’s all a bit Atlas Shrugged isn’t it.

  3. Andybob

    At least it’s not poetry.

  4. klewso

    Does David Murray only have a one-sided bed too?

  5. Malcolm Street

    Let’s not forget Lang Hancock was also a die-hard WA secessionist. I remember him talking in the ’60s about an independent WA defended by F111s with nuclear weapons.

  6. MJPC

    “creation of a special economic zone in the north of Australia, where investment would be encouraged with relaxed labour, environmental and presumably native title laws:”
    Well that ticks all the requirements of the coalition policy, and it’s closer to Asia than the capital cities, so lots of cheap labour to bring in.
    I’m surprised that there is no mention of reduced (or non existant) tax rates. Maybe that’s a given.
    There’s always something to ‘love’ about capitalism!

  7. Mike Flanagan

    Malcolm Street;
    Is that the same Lang Hancock who single handedly started mining asbestoes at Wittenoom with cheap aboriginal labour?
    Is that the same Lang Hancock who proposed an early resolution to the Terra Nullus debate by poisoning the indeginous’ communities waterholes?

  8. Tim Niven

    ‘Why someone with as much business acumen as Rinehart would cling to the fantasy is, frankly, hard to understand.’

    Bollocks. “Success in business necessarily requires worldly intelligence” is a demonstrably false proposition.

    I have a guy sitting 5m from me daily who disproves it every time he opens his mouth.

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