The cartoonists’ bloated plutocrat who cares only about his wealth has always been male. But now 'Annie' Gina Rinehart has struck a blow for female equality in that sphere and gone better. And the ALP government is considering helping her to increase her wealth by bringing in foreign workers when unemployment is rising.
The definition of plutocrat is ‘member of a class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth’. It fits Rinehart exactly.
Gina Rinehart turning her hand to poetry tops any male plutocrat. Her theme song must be ‘Anything you can do, I can do better’ from guess what! - Annie Get Your Gun! Her poem, published on a plaque attached to a rock in a remote part of WA, is reproduced below. Judgment on the technical qualities of the poem is best left to literature buffs, who don’t seem to be impressed.
The globe is sadly groaning with debt, poverty and strife
And billions now are pleading to enjoy a better life
Their hope lies with resources buried deep within the earth
And the enterprise and capital which give each project worth
Is our future threatened with massive debts run up by political hacks
Who dig themselves out by unleashing rampant tax
The end result is sending Australian investment, growth and jobs offshore
This type of direction is harmful to our core
Some envious unthinking people have been conned
To think prosperity is created by waving a magic wand
Through such unfortunate ignorance, too much abuse is hurled
Against miners, workers and related industries who strive to build the world
Develop North Australia, embrace multiculturalism and welcome short term foreign workers to our shores
To benefit from the export of our minerals and ores
The world’s poor need our resources: do not leave them to their fate
Our nation needs special economic zones and wiser government, before it is too late.
Poetry is about sentiments and the sentiments are deplorably self seeking. The sanctimonious lead in quickly turns to what really concerns her - tax. The allegation that it is driving investment off shore is a total fabrication. Massive investment is under way. Overseas companies buying up Australian resource companies and will do more so in the future as the less developed countries are beginning to extract their pound of flesh and more. And note that she claims that these taxes are driving employment offshore, which which doesn’t match up with her later plea to import foreign workers.
The last four lines really take the breath away. She couples politically correct multiculturalism with bringing in short term foreign workers who will benefit from our exports (not about benefitting Australian workers). Then once again how the world’s poor need our resources (but pay for them, thereby building up her fortune) and finally a call for special economic zones. Presumably she is referring to the special economic zones favoured by developing countries where industries can set up with tax concessions.
But help is at hand from from an ALP government who in theory looks after the workers. Here is Immigration Minister Chris Bowen putting her case. There is a secret deal with her under discussion through the grandly named Enterprise Migration Agreement.
Every time the interviewer puts a question to Bowen he responds with waffle about safeguards. The Immigration Department has been either understaffed or incompetent on many occasions. On past performance they will not police the hiring properly. There is no mention of training manufacturing or building workers from industries which are finding it difficult at the moment.