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Feb 2, 2012

Mayne: now’s not the time for Rinehart to be be saying ‘look at me’

Journalists love nothing more than speculating about the future of media companies, so Gina Rinehart has created an avalanche of commentary with her high-profile raid on Fairfax Media.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Journalists love nothing more than speculating about the future of media companies, so Gina Rinehart has created an avalanche of commentary with her high-profile raid on Fairfax Media. We’ve had everything from Paul Barry saying she will almost certainly score a board seat to Michael West speculating she’ll swap her stock for the newspaper division and Alan Kohler saying she’ll end up frustrated and out of pocket.

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31 thoughts on “Mayne: now’s not the time for Rinehart to be be saying ‘look at me’

  1. pintado

    Nice, but the author of the Good Weekend piece was Jane Cadzow, not Janet Hawley!

  2. stephen Matthews

    2corrections:
    Andrew Forrest is not a buffoon
    Gina Rhinehart is not worth $20billion

  3. Mack the Knife

    When I look at Gina, I see someone who is unloved and unlovely.

    Guarding her fortune has consumed her life, overtaken her relationships with her kids and judging by how massively corpulent she has become, my impression of her is that she is a bitter, self loathing creature who hates easily.

    Her fortune will always be her poison.

  4. Edward James

    Kevin Rudd this and Kevin Rudd that. Kevin Rudd is still to answer questions about his part as Chief of Staff in the Wayne Goss government in relation to the Heiner Affair and Shreddergate. Also the woman who received the one hundred and forty thousand dollars awarded by the Bligh Labor government last year. Later identifed in the print media as hush money by the recipient, brings the process of governance under Labor into disrepute. Kevin Rudd is involved as a party member now and then. why is he getting a free ride from bought and paid for journalist? Edward James

  5. davidk

    Gerard Henderson can’t see anything wrong with Gina joining Faifax board and neither does Joe Hockey, so it must be alright. I like the idea of bringing back the MSPT irrespective of who does it. Julia screwed Andrew Wilkie so why not Rio Tinto and BHP?

  6. john2066

    Edward, you have a classic conservative mindset:

    Gina and the miners rip billions a year out of resources owned by Australians while paying a pathetic 7.5% royalty, and you’re all steamed up about the ‘Heiner Affair’ and ‘Shreddergate’, oh and someone who got 140k apparently. The billions stolen from under our noses merit no comment, of course.

  7. arnold ziffel

    Re: Cadzow/Hawley mix-up, the piece needs another edit:
    ‘Any Fairfax director, shareholder or journalist who read Hawley’s Good Weekend profile …’

  8. Toypoodle

    “Kevin Rudd could mount a very strong case for a return to the Lodge and a far more aggressive mining tax proposal…” Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen. Rudd may knife Gillard but he won’t take on the miners.

  9. SimsonMc

    DavidK – I suspect that the “cat who swallowed the canary” grin that Hockey had on his face last night when asked about the takeover indicates that the LNP think the only thing wrong with the deal is that it isn’t happening fast enough.

  10. Coaltopia

    I’m reminded of the inscription on Pieter van der Heyden’s “Avarita” engraving: “Scraping Avarice sees neither honour nor courtesy, shame nor divine admonition”.

    Arguably the protagonist in the engraving is not nearly large enough to be Gina, but the dystopian landscape seems to suit a mining camp. I wonder if the “poisonous toad” at her feet could represent her favourite radio/TV personality or climate change denier.

    http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/26.72.31

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