Welcome to the latest edition of I Call Bullshit, where we look at hype, hyperbole and hogwash. Today we’re looking at our most unmunificent mining magnate.

Bears no resemblance to Gina Rinehart. Pic: Andrew Tauber

Gina Rinehart’s outburst yesterday was charmingly described by Treasurer Wayne Swan as “pearl rattling”. In her incongruous voice (somewhat reminiscent of Little Britain’s Emily Howard) she lambasted the government for a sluggish economy, and Australians for their wanton socialising.

The heiress was rightly ridiculed for her reference to African wages:

Africans want to work and its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future.

The world’s media took her to task for that unfortunate comparison, and rightly in an environment where, in South Africa, police opened fire on protesting, pitifully-paid mine workers. Thirty-four were killed.

The Atlantic Wire put the boot in hard. Alexander Abad-Santos wrote:

“…Rinehart is that perfect mix of Bond villain, Marie Antoinette and Cruella de Vil – the kind of stinking rich and socially ham-fisted character that’s so easy to hate”.

This, under the headline ‘Meet Gina Rinehart: World’s Richest Woman (and World’s Biggest Troll)’.

Sure, it’s hard to listen to the world’s richest woman arguing for cuts to the minimum wage. And she may be just a little out of touch trying to argue that cutting down on smoking, drinking and socialising are the key to reducing poverty.

But the world’s biggest troll? I Call Bullshit.

Not just because the word ‘troll’ now gets thrown around hugger mugger by giddy ideologues incapable of understanding that people may hold different points of view.

More because calling her the ‘world’s biggest’ – assuming it’s not just a veiled jab at her weight – insinuates that she is worse than, well, everyone.

If you’re going to call voicing an unpopular opinion ‘trolling’, surely someone like Todd ‘legitimate rape’ Akin is more deserving for his woefully vile misunderstanding of rape and biology. Worldwide, take your pick of dictatorial mass murderers and crazed jihadists. 

Abad-Santos calls it trolling because he says our politicians have been sucked into spending too much time responding to Rinehart’s claims. But you can’t doubt that she is an influential and successful Australian with genuinely held views.

Calling people a troll just because you disagree with them is, frankly, bullshit.

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    • Lloyd says:

      12:59pm | 06/09/12

      Ok so she’s not a troll. But she’s still a twat.

    • chubby chaser says:

      01:50pm | 06/09/12


    • Pedro says:

      03:12pm | 06/09/12

      I for one look forward to the mining bubble bursting. Who else is sick to the gills that the media has to report every bleat from bloated Clive, oxymoronic Twiggy (the man is FAT), neolithic nathan tinkler and I inherited free rights to dig minerals out of WA Gina???
      Come on mainstream media - just because these fat fools talk some crap does not mean we the readers want to hear about it??? When they say something of relevance instead of conservative far right wing lunacy, then maybe tell us. Perhaps how they wish to give the marginalised a better go, reduce hospital waiting lists or reduce state government dependency on pokie revenue?? Until then, maybe Gina et al should do some exercise and get their snouts out of the trough.
      I feel better now.

    • Nigel says:

      05:09pm | 06/09/12

      Pedro, you know when it bursts the governement only have you to tax to death. Hope you are ready for more and more taxes buddy….

    • Baloo says:

      01:14pm | 06/09/12

      “Calling people a troll just because you disagree with them is, frankly, bullshit”

      Agreed and some people on this website need to learn this.

    • colin says:

      03:33pm | 06/09/12

      @Baloo 01:14pm | 06/09/12

      “Calling people a troll just because you disagree with them is, frankly, bullshit” “Agreed and some people on this website need to learn this.”

      Tell me about it… grin

    • Borderer says:

      04:29pm | 06/09/12

      You’re trolling when you bung on the snobbery, don’t pretend you’re not.

    • Mahhrat says:

      01:18pm | 06/09/12

      @Tory, if you’re going to critique words, at least properly define the terms.

      The modern use of Troll (with thanks to Urban Dictionary) is:

      —One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.

      If what Gina did yesterday does not fit into the defintion above, then I’m a dead dingo’s kidney.

    • Matt says:

      01:44pm | 06/09/12

      You’re a dead dingo’s kidney then.  The last bit is the key “...with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.”  Just because Gina’s comments have caused arguments etc, does not make her a troll.. The defining factor is to do it for that sole purpose of causing disruption.  In this case, she made those comments to make her point.. Not to s**t stir, which is what a true troll does. 


    • marley says:

      01:51pm | 06/09/12

      I finally got around to listening to her entire speech - and most of it was actually pretty sane, pointing out things we all know - declining productivity, red tape, crap infrastructure, all as disincentives to investment.  People might argue her take on these and a few other points she raised (carbon tax, mining tax, 457 visas, skill shortages, etc) but it was all pretty standard stuff you’d get from any big investor/capitalist/miner. 

      Where she went astray was with her nonsensical comment about Africans - I suspect, like both Rudd and Gillard, she’s a bit tone deaf when it comes to people’s likely reactions.  Those couple of sentences obscured the main thrust of her argument and earned her a deserved bollocking.

      But, that said, I think that some of the criticisms are more in the nature of trolling than Gina’s actual comments were.  Her main point wasn’t about wages, so why is that the impression her critics give?

    • Markus says:

      02:14pm | 06/09/12

      If the statement that working in Australia is a bureaucratic nightmare when it comes to areas like taxation and OH&S (among others) is considered deliberately provocative, 90% of the nation’s population falls into your definition of Troll.

    • Mahhrat says:

      03:27pm | 06/09/12

      Are you seriously going to tell me that a woman smart enough to achieve all she had would suddenly get stupid enough to accidentally compare Africa to us in the crassless way she did?

      Am I focussing on one thing to the exclusion of her argument?  Yes, I am.  Why do I do that?  Because Gina has tremendous power and influence.  With that comes great responsibility.

      If you accept she wasn’t trolling with that comment - that the whole thing simply wasn’t her stroking her own ego and throwing that out there so we’d listen to the rest of her “oh, it’s actually not that bad” series of arguments - then she is grossly incompetent.

      I’m sorry, but I don’t accept that.

      She’s in the same boat as Don Trump, Paris Hilton et al - they all hold very carefully constructed personas.  She deliberately goes over the line so she can withdraw a little bit later and say, “Yeah, oops, see I am human after all.”

      The act is deliberate, the words designed to get us to listen to her and cause controversy - probably to cover up for the fact that she really isn’t the altruistic answer to all of Australia’s (largely non-existent, at least financially) problems.

    • Babylon says:

      03:31pm | 06/09/12

      Talking about wages makes it an attack on the Australian people and their standard of living. So it’s good Leftie tactics to concentrate and extrapolate this out of context.

      We cannot deny that Australian resources are expensive. Remember the Qantas job losses, we learned than an Australian based pilot was paid 50 percent more than a Malaysian one.

      Problem is the high cost of living needs a high wage to survive. Experts tell us that the Governments $100 million per day borrowing is partly responsible for our soaring dollar.

      I do not believe that the 457 visa intakes are to fill skill shortages. This is purely cheap resourcing. I know, I’ve indulged myself.

      Remember, it’s Government policy that the 457 visa exists and it is the Government that awards the visa, not Gina. In Melbourne alone, last year we handed 13,000 jobs to overseas people on a 457. You’ll remember Combet stating recently that since the advent of the carbon tax, 14,000 jobs had been created in Australia.

      Personally, I cannot fathom the Left’s hatred of our rich and in particular those Australians in the Mining Industry. With their war of words and taxes, the Government seems to have achieved one thing, the end of our precious Mining boom. Projects around the 50 mill mark are being canned and a team of consultants is now in BHP to cut costs. Job loss announcements pending.

    • Babylon says:

      07:38pm | 06/09/12

      I’ve heard 800 People market out the door at Fortescue Metals this week .... carbon tax and MRRT.

    • Babylon says:

      07:39pm | 06/09/12


    • Limited News says:

      01:19pm | 06/09/12

      not biggest, but richest. The worlds richest troll.

    • Jeremy says:

      01:26pm | 06/09/12

      She is obviously a talented wealth manager, she has turned her fathers small fortune into an immense one - no easy task, let alone in mining. And in terms of the Australian economic landscape has the right and responsibility to be a powerful voice. I also support her right to defend her interests.
      But why does she do it in a way that makes her look both stupid, and a
      B(ig one)?

    • meh says:

      03:28pm | 06/09/12

      There is no doubt she is a hard worker, but anyone who starts with one of the worlds biggest iorn ore deposits, a $9 billion dollar mine, before the start of the mining boom and doesn’t come out looking good, well imagine the stories how how much she blew would have been like.

    • RobJ says:

      03:34pm | 06/09/12

      Right place at the right time.

      She inherited a large fortune ($75 Million) which has increased massively during a once in a generation mining boom.

      On the other hand, how are her investments in Channel Ten and Fairfax looking.

    • boreen says:

      01:27pm | 06/09/12

      the meek will inherit the eath.
      the trolls will inherit the internet

    • Matt says:

      01:36pm | 06/09/12

      Thankyou Tory, you’re the first media related person that actually seems to understand what trolling is (and isn’t).  That Dawson saga was not trolling, it was abuse, but yet again, the media see a provocative word and roll with it, not understanding it’s true meaning.  I salute you.

    • Anubis says:

      01:38pm | 06/09/12

      Tory did you actually watch Gina’s speech. She was not calling for cuts to wages. She was making valid comparisons and drawing attention to the legislative, taxation, industrial climates that are affecting Australia’s international competitiveness and the future of investments within Australia.

    • JoniM says:

      01:59pm | 06/09/12

      Yep !
      But she is a rich, fat chick who votes conservative, and she has more than me, so we can say whatever we want about her even if its not true!
      Probably another case where the left would think gender politics is OK ?

    • Tory Shepherd

      Tory Shepherd says:

      02:11pm | 06/09/12

      I did, Anubis, particularly where she’s talking about competitiveness between a ‘high wage’ economy (Australia) and low wage economies ie African mining, as part of the cost of doing business in Australia. This speech was a rehash of this piece (http://www.australianresourcesandinvestment.com.au/) she wrote where she said:

      “Why not ask whether lowering the minimum wages and lowering taxes would make employers hire more people? To many of Australian Resources and Investment’s readers, this would just be common sense 101. But unless we keep spreading common sense 101 to more people… ” and so on.

    • dovif says:

      02:12pm | 06/09/12

      The biased media and the people who stuff up budget will always try to discredit people by not attacking the message but by attacking the messenger and nit picking

      For example, Wayne Swann seems to think because she is right therefore she is not entitled to a view.

    • Mik says:

      02:17pm | 06/09/12

      Reading Martin Ferguson’s comments shows that he understands just how vulnerable Ausralia’s hold on the resource sector is. South Africa has vast resources and much of Africa’s hasn’t even been detailed yet.Indeed there are currently intensive Chinese and lndian exploration companies pouring in- some using Australian expertise. They are also being sort in central and far north west Asia.
      Gina is correct to point out that labour and development costs could lure current investors away so Australia has to value add in some other way . Secirity is one but life is cheap in many parts of the world so more has to be added. It is also important that there is not a dependence only on one sector.

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      02:37pm | 06/09/12

      Meh, Sir Otto Niemeyer said the same thing in 1930. History always repeats itself (although not exactly in the same forms). As long as the financiers get paid and the serfs don’t revolt, everything is ok. (depending upon Greece and the Eurozone)

    • Over here in Pilbara country says:

      05:02pm | 06/09/12

      Anubis, have you actually listened to Miss Breathless over the last couple of weeks, let alone the last 30 odd years ? it just goes to show that you can roll any character out in front of the camera and there will always be some people that take it seriously.

      And on the economy, how come these Wizards of Industry only turn up when the commodity price drops to deliver a few pearls of wisdom on how we’ve been doing wrong all this time. Let the miners exploit the third world for a while if things are so tough here. Let them retreat to their compounds at night to be protected from the $2/day population that’s having their wealth stolen. This BS about “a good environment for business” in Africa is code for dealing with corrupt officials and leaving nothing behind that benefits the community or country. Do you think our reserves will go bad in the ground, a slow down could be a good thing, we might get some of the workers back into the industries they left chasing the almighty dollar. And when the third world achieve good governance and chase the pillagers away with real world rates we can stoke the fires up again.

      This crap “boom” mentality, is bad for the community. It ramps up traffic and logistics the state struggles to cope with over the huge distances involved, the Premier goes into Dictator mode and then eventually paralysed with looming elections. I won’t even mention the state debt, how did that happen in the “boom”..... maybe I should ask Queensland.

    • AdamC says:

      01:45pm | 06/09/12

      Gina Rinehart may not be the most effective messenger, but this obsession with shooting her over and over again obscures the importance of what he has to say, sadly.

    • Wayne Swan (just for today) says:

      05:37pm | 06/09/12

      Well said AdamC!

      Thank you Gina for all you do for Australia. We are counting on you to bring us in to surplus. Your tax bill runs in to the billions.

      Signed, Wayne Swan.

    • Michael S says:

      01:46pm | 06/09/12

      A troll is someone who deliberately tries to provoke outrage and cause disruption and argument.
      Whether Gina Rinehart falls into that category depends on whether she wants Australia to become like one of those African third world basket case countries where the privileged few plunder the wealth of the nation while the masses starve in poverty on $2 a day; or whether she’s just making her comments because she wants to shit-stir.
      If she’s stit-stirring, she’s a troll and an effective one. If she wants Australia to be like a tin-pot African country, she’s a very evil person.

    • colin says:

      03:36pm | 06/09/12

      @Michael S 01:46pm | 06/09/12

      “A troll is someone who deliberately tries to provoke outrage and cause disruption and argument…”

      No, from what I have seen on here is calling someone a “Troll” is reserved for anyone who says something that one or more posters don’t see as valid in their (very narrow) worldview…

    • St. Michael says:

      04:41pm | 06/09/12

      Now, now, colin.  No need to describe yourself.

    • Oliver says:

      01:58pm | 06/09/12

      I think the difference between Akin and Rinehart’s comments is that Akin’s comments were so out of touch, so ridiculous that he immediately caste himself as a fool. To successfully troll, you must include a kernel of acceptability to which Rinehart did; she is known to represent the views of a significant proportion of the Australian population. Both Akin and Rinehart may both have been trolling however Akin really sucks at it.

      The Atlantic’s use of the “world’s biggest troll”, is more sarcastic, as you imply, that her views are unfavourable to the author.

    • Tubesteak says:

      02:06pm | 06/09/12

      “World’s biggest troll”?


    • P. Darvio says:

      02:09pm | 06/09/12

      Gina and Clive Palmer would make a perfect couple - they could scream out “I’m the King and Queen of the World” while on the bow of Titanic2.

    • Willie says:

      02:38pm | 06/09/12

      Thank you.
      About two months ago I asked in the open thread if you could write an explanation of trolling. Now you’ve kind of done it.

      A troll is a shit stirrer. Nothing more nothing less. If a person stirs up an argument with genuinely held beliefs they are not a troll. If a person thinks you should go hang yourself they are not a troll. Please stop using the word if you don’t understand it.

    • Today's Simpsons quote is.. says:

      02:38pm | 06/09/12

      “troooool man do-do do-do do do, I’m the troll man!”

    • Mark says:

      02:47pm | 06/09/12

      How is she NOT a troll? Gina has spent the best part of the government’s term willfully, deliberately and vigorously attempting to destabilse their economic credibIlity and policy through the use of these sort of polarising comments. Most trolls work on a fairly small scale. Gina may well be the world’s biggest troll, based on her per capita yeild. How many trolls are there out there who piss off such on overwhelming proportion of their fellow citizenry? I think more inquisition might have been applied to the exposition of the topic. Gina is definitely a contender.

    • Homers mind says:

      02:48pm | 06/09/12

      Uggghhhh, that’s un-sexy.

    • iansand says:

      02:57pm | 06/09/12

      I wish the media wouldn’t photoshop pictures of celebrities.

    • Brendan says:

      03:01pm | 06/09/12

      Its funny how those who call for sacrifice almost never mean for them to do any of the sacrificing.

    • Jay says:

      03:05pm | 06/09/12

      Did Gina cause electricity prices to soar because of a stupid carbon tax? No.
      Did Gina take our country from zero debt to over 250 billions dollars worth of commonwealth debt in 5 years? No
      Does Gina create jobs? Yes
      Does Gina and her Companies pay tax? Yes
      Meanwhile the socialists with their noses in the trough just take and take and expect everyone to fund their economic blunders. Six billion here, five billion there. Where the hell is all this money meant to come from?
      Vic: 30 billion of debt.
      QLD 50 billion of debt.
      NSW 30 billion of debt.
      Tasmania: Teetering on the brink.
      We have an aging population demanding more and more services; our infrastructure is in disarray with no more money available, and tax payers groaning at being taxed for everything. And what will our economic rocket scientists do if there is a surge in unemployment? They don’t have another 60 billion dollars of our money to throw at the problem.

    • Little Joe says:

      05:10pm | 06/09/12

      Queensland Debt is $65B

    • Bear says:

      06:04pm | 06/09/12

      Amazingly, households mostly live on debt without implosion!

    • pete says:

      03:05pm | 06/09/12

      Who advises this woman? You’d think a billionaire could come up with some halfway intelligent communication advice, but no she likes doing things on the cheap…

      “Gina Rinehart has offered a $50,000 bounty to the person who best promotes mining in the face of “far left or non-understanding media attacks”.

      The good news is, you only get to keep $20k…

      “The recipient of Mrs Rinehart’s new award will receive $50,000, of which $30,000 must be used for “standing up for our industry”. The winner can use the rest as desired.”

      There you are son, a pat on the head and the cost of a new Kia Rio for helping out a multi-billion dollar industry.

    • Cobbler says:

      03:07pm | 06/09/12

      ICB on Gina,

      She pretty much made the biggest amount of anyone in the world last financial year, with almost all of it coming from Australian investment.  It’s a pretty big call to achieve that level of wealth and then turn around and say that the very conditions you made that wealth under are just no good.

      Now lets look at Africa.  When people look to Africa they basically mean South Africa and maybe some of the northern fringe countries like Egypt when they’re talking about investment.  In South Africa’s case the envirnoment has exibited about the same levels of stability since the fall of Aparteid, What’s that, a mere 30 years?  If companies were going to chase the $2/day SA wages they would have done so by now.

      With mineral prices dropping daily it’s actually not a bad thing that someone else dig up and sell theirs for nothing instead of us, the minerals aren’t going anywhere and the longer we sit on them the more valuable they become. 

      However, I think this is unlikely.  gina is just posturing.  She rolled over something like $15B last financial year and is probably staring down the barrel of another $20B this year.  She just doesn’t want any of it to slip beween her fingers to the government because if there’s nothing like having $20B when you die, it’s $30B.  That’ll buy you a sweet pad in the next life somewhere.  Hell she might even give some to her children before the government.

      This is all about politics.  She wants to scare people into voting LNP so she can become ingorged on the people’s wealth in a lower tax environment.  I feel this is BHPs strategy with Olympic Dam aswell.  I’m not sure why they’re bothering, the LNP have the media in their pocket anyway.

    • bananabender says:

      03:54pm | 06/09/12

      “She pretty much made the biggest amount of anyone in the world last financial year, with almost all of it coming from Australian investment.”

      Completely wrong. Hancock Prospecting had revenue (not profits) of less than $820 million last financial year.

      Most of Gina’s wealth is purely hypothetical and is based on totally unrealistic future earnings. The fact is that iron prices are falling and her income will plummet in the near future.

      As they say in Texas she’s all hat and no cattle.

    • expat says:

      04:21pm | 06/09/12

      Cobbler, West Africa would be where she is referring to, where BHP, Rio Tinto and a large number of smaller miners such as Anglo American already have iron ore operations. Watch this space, but the money that BHP was going to invest into Australian op’s will be repackaged over the next 12 months in large scale west african projects.

      West Africa in general has been unstable for the best part of the last few centuries however that is changing. Countries that were mostly dictatorships in the last 20 years are now democratic and eager for foreign investment. Gina’s comments are fair, the cost of doing business in Australia, from wages to red/green tape are simply too high to sustain.

      Look at the big picture, Australia no longer has the monopoly on large scale ore deposits, its time to become competitive.

    • Martin H says:

      03:35pm | 06/09/12

      Gina is not a troll…trolls have a heart.

    • Peter says:

      03:38pm | 06/09/12

      Trolling, gets you banned.

    • bananabender says:

      03:43pm | 06/09/12

      Gina Rinehart is a complete and utter troll.

      Wages are a very small cost component of open cut mining. The vast majority of the operating cost is servicing debt, purchasing capital equipment, energy and transport costs. eg a Haulpak truck cost $5million with a fuel cost of $500 /hour.

      Miners in Africa don’t work for $2/day. They normally earn $5000-10000/year (around 10x the average wage in their country).

    • marley says:

      04:14pm | 06/09/12

      Maybe that’s why most of her speech was about Australia’s poor infrastructure, over-regulation, and declining productivity, and not about wages.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      03:49pm | 06/09/12

      here we go again.
      Many of the writers to Tory’s words are the very people who in the past have been jumping up & down, screaming & yelling every time anyone has the temerity to criticise Australia’s Most Disastrous Prime Minister’s hair-style, dress sense, accent, size of her bum etc.. They scream “Sexist”, “Inappropriate Personal Abuse”, “Attack the Policy NOT the Person”. If the critic happens to be male then God or whoever help them for they are accused of being “Misogynist” “Gender Biased” and any other nasties people can think up.

      Well, ladies & gents, isn’t it time you applied the standards you apply to others to yourselves?
      Yes, Gina is a Buxom lady. She would be the first to admit it.
      So restrict yourselves to commenting on and abusing her for her ridiculous statements or you risk being labelled (Correctly, it appears) Hypocrites.

    • Andrew says:

      04:01pm | 06/09/12

      Gina’s rant i think got the tratment it deserves. She would have obviously have been better off not using the $2 wages in Africa example (I understand her point but i do not know how she thought it would help her cause). It is quite easy to poke fun at her and it does seem that she puts in effort to appear as unlikable as possible.

      The question is, in order for them to be competitive with said countries, do we want our governments to allow what needs to be done to happen? Is it in society as a wholes benefit for the minimum wages to be dropped, taxes to be reduced for specific entities etc.

      The idea behind splitting the country into two economic zones for tax purposes will have the low taxation fans rabid in their support but what needs to be discussed is how we can build up our non-resource backed industries, not how to make sure that the mining industry can keep going in the way they used to when the iron ore price was above $110.00.

      It is hard for people not to be cynical when you strip away all the stuff and basically get to her arguement that in order for companies like her to make sure they are as successful as they have been the rest of australia needs to be content with them paying lower taxes, wages and other costs.

      I expect to hear more from Andrew Forrest and Gina about how bad Australia is but it will conveniently increase as the iron ore price decreases and i feel it will all be very large on hyperbole.

      The big thing for Australia to consider is how do we build up the non-mining industries so when the mining boom comes to an end (if it hasn’t already) we just don’t die in the backside for a period of time. Luckily the slwoing down of resources and the decrease in demand will start seeing the Australian dollar decline a bit so our manufacturers can get a bit of a break.

    • Lauren Bunker says:

      04:45pm | 06/09/12

      ” It is quite easy to poke fun at her and it does seem that she puts in effort to appear as unlikable as possible.”

      At the moment it looks like she spends her days actively jogging on the spot looking for ways to seem unlikable.  Unfortunately for her all that comes out of her mouth alternating putting down Australia and its people and whining because people don’t pity her with her fortune that she might have to pay at least minimum wage and she’s not allowed to create slavery.
      Unfortunately the tone of her messages makes me think of a giant 5 year old chucking a hissy fit that she cant have ALL the lollies in the jar.

    • Yak says:

      05:35pm | 06/09/12

      Good post Andrew.

      I may have taken this track before, but, the Mining Industry had been around for quite a few years before the Iron Ore and Coal Boom and I feel it will be around after the Boom is over. I certainly hope so as has been our families main form of income for the last 30 years. The world has always needed our copper, zinc, nickel, mineral sands, gold,et al, and will require said minerals into the future.

      Australia will not collapse due to a restriction on the amount of Iron Ore China requires. Mr. Campbell has sacked more people in the last few months than would be employed in the whole Iron Ore sector; this is a vague assumption on my behalf but it would be about right.

    • PW says:

      04:35pm | 06/09/12

      I am impressed with the use of “unmunifcent”. Not exactly sure if this is in fact a word. Anti-munifcent or bereft of munifcence perhaps. The description certainly fits Ms Chubby Cheeks well.

      And hasn’t the porky one generated a groundswell of support on this issue? Not.

    • Sancho says:

      04:42pm | 06/09/12

      The Punch asking who the media’s biggest troll is.

      Three dozen gay marriage articles, a complaint about children on planes and some atheism posts later, and we might be getting somewhere.

    • MK says:

      04:59pm | 06/09/12

      Was her message deliberately designed to provoke a reaction…. YES

      Was it full out outright lies, Miss Quotes and Half truths designed to sound sensible…. YES

      Was the incendary $2 a day comment deliberately thrown in at the end of the speech after the apprently sensible argument…. YES

      Did the speach provoke a big reaction…. YES

      Most Trolls are a nobody, operating in some internet forum, or a comments section below an article.
      They are not a World’s anything,
      they don’t have a platform

      Gina is the world’s richest woman
      She has a big platfrom

      this arguably makes her the world’s biggest Troll
      not the nastiest, not the meanest

      But Biggest… very plausible

    • mikem says:

      05:36pm | 06/09/12

      Gina’s latest utterances have surely shot what credibility she had left to pieces.  In this era of mass media and instant news you have to ask yourself how it is possible for a person to be so totally out of touch with the realities of life for most Australians.  A modern day Marie Antoinette.

    • Vicki PS says:

      05:56pm | 06/09/12

      What I would really like to know is how many people are employed in enterprises owned by Gina Rinhart?  She and her apologists keep bleating on about the sterling good works they do by creating jobs.  Well, where, and how many?

    • stephen says:

      06:01pm | 06/09/12

      I’ve heard from a secondary source that she is a nice lady who has a lot of money and does not spend it easily.
      All good and well, but she falls into the bag described by Jim Spigelman last night on Lateline, (in an unrelated matter) as ‘Corporate self interest,’ and whilst Gina can, as a citizen, say what she likes, Politicians such as Martin Ferguson should, as our representative, have sent her packing, which he noticeably did not.
      It is this fact which should be remembered by the Electorate at the next Election.

    • thatmosis says:

      07:33pm | 06/09/12

      It really doesnt matter what people say about Gina as I doubt she really cares. She is the richest woman in the world and as such can and will say whatever she likes and there’s nothing we or anybody can do about it. Most of her comments were valid and even her suggestion that Australian workers were over paid had merit, albeit slightly off centre but still if the shoe fits….....

    • Gah says:

      07:55pm | 06/09/12

      I have a simple challenge for Gina, which I’m sure many others have issued in some similar shape or form. If our minimum wage is “too much” like she says it is then she should lead by example and show us all how to get by on less.


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