“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself – spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working. Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others.”
This isn’t the only opinion that Australian mining heiress and PR genius Gina Rinehart holds: She also thinks the government should cut taxes on industrial entities like her company while limiting immigration restrictions and lowering the minimum wage—presumably so she can attract more overseas workers to man her mines and spend less money doing it!
The column in which these quotes appeared has already set off a firestorm in Oz, and we have a feeling that Ms. Rinehart will be stuck in the PR doghouse for some time. Well, she clearly likes to fight, and we always thought that one way to bring attention to yourself and your business is to insult millions of people in your own country and, by implication, the entire world! Prediction: This will end very well for the lovely lady with the funny accent!
Oh, we left out one little detail of her bio: “Rinehart inherited her mining assets from her father, Lang Hancock, and now is fighting legal action launched by three of her four children over the operation of a family trust.”
This isn’t to say that she didn’t work very hard to turn that very large sum of money into an even larger sum of money—we’re sure she did. But this is a great example of a valid message delivered in the poorest possible way. We remember a saying about glass houses…what was that again…