Gina Rinehart seems to court controversy – from her family lawsuits to her battles with Australian media.
Now, the Australian mining heiress, worth $19 billion dollars and earlier this year thought to be the world's richest woman, has sparked another controversy in her latest column in Australian Resources and Investment magazine. (Yes, I am a registered reader online.) Rinehart rails against class warfare and says the non-rich should stop attacking the rich and go to work.
“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,” she writes. “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 socializing and more time working.”
The comments were part of a treatise on what she sees as Australia’s decline due to high taxes, high wages and over-regulation. Rinehart said taxes should fall, red tape should be cut, environmental rules relaxed and the minimum wage should be lowered. (It’s currently AUS $15.06 an hour or $606 a week, about the same in U.S. dollars).
Says the woman who inherited her company from daddy.
Way to go Overlord Harper. Thanks for appointing this guy...
Senator Patrick Brazeau will be formally charged with domestic assault and sexual assault later this morning, following a brief appearance at the courthouse in Gatineau, Que.
Brazeau, who appeared in court wearing a black suit and white dress shirt, did not have his lawyer present for his first appearance at about 9:15 a.m. ET Friday.
The senator told the court he hasn't been able to reach his counsel. Another lawyer may represent him when he appears again later in the morning.
Brazeau was arrested on Thursday morning at his residence in Gatineau, across the river from Ottawa, after a call to 911. Later in the day, he was kicked out of the Conservative caucus. He will now serve as an Independent.
Gatineau police Const. Pierre Lanthier told CBC News that a 38-year-old man spent the night in custody following his arrest.