World's Richest Woman's New Idea: Wages of $2 a Day
Gina Rinehart, gaffe magnet?
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2012 11:14 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Gina Rinehart, that charming Australian billionaire who last week advised the world's "jealous" poor to stop whining and drinking so much, is back with more priceless advice. The world's richest woman, who amassed her family fortune via iron-ore mining, thinks Australia's struggling mining industry should look to Africa for inspiration. There, miners "are willing to work for less than $2 per day."

In a video recorded for the Sydney Mining Club, she explains that "Africans want to work. Such statistics make me worry for this country's future. Indeed, if we competed at the Olympic Games as sluggishly as we compete economically, there would be an outcry." PM Julia Gillard responded today, saying, "It's not the Australian way to toss people ... a $2 gold coin and then ask them to work for a day." Amusingly, the BBC notes that Rinehart is believed to make about $611 a second.

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Oct 13, 2013 10:58 AM CDT
Welcome back Marie Antoinette. But, shouldn't poor people at least earn enough to buy the cake you think they should eat?
Oct 17, 2012 6:34 PM CDT
Same kind of Brit criminal colonists that founded this nation. Kill the natives, steal the land and then live on the blood and tears of anyone who doesn't look or act like you. We cowards are just as much to blame for putting up with it. A super virus may be our only hope.
Sep 7, 2012 11:16 AM CDT
Can't wait until RuinMe, Inc, makes her Chairwoman of the Fed