Key to being rich: Drink less, work more

2012-08-30 10:00

Sydney - The world's richest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, urged those "jealous" of the wealthy to "spend less time drinking" in a piece blasted as "insulting" by Canberra on Thursday.

Rinehart, whose family iron ore prospecting fortune of $30.1bn also makes her Australia's wealthiest person, hit out at those envious of the rich.

"There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire," she wrote in a regular industry magazine column.

"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."

Rinehart blamed what she described as "socialist", anti-business policies for the plight of Australia's poor, urging the government to lower the minimum wage, as well as taxes, to promote investment.

'Insult to workers'

But senior ministers including Treasurer Wayne Swan - an outspoken critic of Australia's mining billionaires and their deep-pocketed anti-tax campaigns - slammed the remarks.

"These sorts of comments are an insult to the millions of Australian workers who go to work and slog it out to feed the kids and pay the bills," Swan said, adding that Rinehart clearly regarded Australians as "lazy workers who drink and socialise too much".

Swan has repeatedly attacked Rinehart, coal magnate Clive Palmer and iron ore baron Andrew Forrest for running "self-interested" campaigns against the centre-left Labour government's taxes on mining profits and pollution.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said it was "pretty easy for Gina Rinehart to say that people on the minimum wage should get paid less" when she did not have to live on it.

The left-leaning Greens party noted that Rinehart had "accumulated wealth from her family", while Australia's mining union labelled her remarks "bizarre" and accused her of pursing a "dangerous" agenda.

"At the same time as trying to import cheap foreign labour and avoid paying tax, Rinehart claims it's millionaires and billionaires who are the greatest for social good," said mining union president Tony Maher.

"What planet is she living on? She should spend less time ranting and more time sharing."

  • chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-30 10:16

    Reminds me of the anc cadres "play hard don't work motto" here in South Africa.!

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-08-30 10:31

      @Chris maybe you need need to take her advise, maybe you should spend less time concentrating on the ANC and start focusing on making money then you wont be bothered by the ANC *take it from me, my part of social responsibility to you*

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-30 13:47

      @tshepo problem is, the more money we make the more the ANC takes from us.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-08-30 10:23

    urging the government to lower the minimum wage, as well as taxes, to promote investment. Of course she in one breath says work harder and in the next calls for a drop in pay rate, the typical respionce of someone who is where they are because of family money and connections, you want to have money and make it into the middle class, yes work hard and put in more effort and time, but these people are not wealthy or rich, they just have enough to to get by in style, the super rich on the other hand are where they are because of old money and connected friends, anyone who has won a massive lottery payout or have inherited a fortune from a distant relative will be quick to confirm that having money does not get you recognized, or accepted by the upper class, you have to have the connections to succeed. The old boys club is alive and well as usual.

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-30 10:51

      You related to Byron Ludlow?

  • louisimix - 2012-08-30 10:32

    judging by her size she should stop scoffing it!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-30 10:40

    Sounds like damn straight advice to me. Now if we just had a nation that was prepared to listen to good advice....ah well, we know that isn't going to happen.

  • - 2012-08-30 10:41

    Rinehart is spot on with her statements - very well done to her for speaking up. It's about time all the PC-crap is dropped, and a spade is once again called a spade. Lazy? Clock-watcher? Do just enough not to get into trouble at work? Spend half your month's budget on smokes, drinks and parties? Spend the other half on consumer junk? Then you just gonna remain at the bottom of the food chain. This is one thing I cannot understand. On the way home I drive through a low-income neighbourhood, and right past their local bottle-store. Time and again I see people coming out of the bottle-store with a bottle, or 3, of hard-tack, and smoking at the same time. Now I guarantee these people will be the same ones who howl at the tops of their lungs how unfair it is for their boss to drive a new Jaguar every second year, etc. How much are these people spending (wasting) on their habits? How about them investing that money each month in ETF's, UT's or stocks. Even just saving it will be far more productive. Go figure... F*** the poor...

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-30 10:45

      Right on!

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-08-30 11:44

      Bang on. Drink before food.

  • sbu.mahwai - 2012-08-30 10:46

    Maybe she should meet the folks from Marikana - just to learn two or more things

  • classwar.trotsky - 2012-08-30 10:47

    Crap. The elite want the working classes to stay uneducated, drunk and beholden to religion. Serves their status quo. Protection of privelige, let them eat s#$%.

  • Dewald Bekker - 2012-08-30 10:50

    she should spent a lot less time eating!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-30 11:49

    Suddenly everyone does what she says and everyone becomes a millionaire... Wait that's not how this world works. Not everyone is from a "mining family".

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-30 13:32

    So easy for the super rich to talk trash. Diet a bit you fat ......

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-30 14:05

    Reminds me of an old nazi motto "Through work to freedom". That's why i think majority of SA never will be free doesnt matter who is in power and stop blaming apartheid, rather put in some efforts.

  • raymond.j.oconnor - 2012-08-30 14:06

    Gina Rinehart is a retard. Firstly, she inherited everything. Then she spent her whole life battling court cases to keep control over the assets and wealth. Even her own children AND siblings didn't want her part of the Family Trusts, because they do not even trust her... She even married a wealthy 57 year old man when she was only 29. She got it all easy, disqualifying her advice on less drinking and more working. Luckily Australians are not THAT stupid and they will most probably take her out. Verbally that is.

  • werneroli4 - 2012-08-30 21:18

    Face it you poor people, the only reason you don’t like her is because she is rich and works hard. It is totally true what she says, if you want to be rich you have to work for it .

  • ppetruso1 - 2012-08-30 22:44

    The poor's hope lies with resources buried deep within the earth/ And the enterprise and capital which give each project worth? YES! Just look at how those rich resources have raided up the poor so far! WE HAVE CERTAINLY SET A FINE EXAMPLE HERE IN WEST VIRGINIA. Still, hard as we try with our legendary entrepreneurial spirit and enterprise, West Virginia just doesn't reach the standard for misery that oil-rich Nigeria does. We can only hope that in the near future, the U.S. can show the world how our great capital investments – perhaps using Bain Capital as a shining example - has benefited the American people and achieved the highest poverty levels and the lowest working class incomes from the northern industrial cities to the reservations of the plains, to the migrant camps of California. From sea to shining sea, make us proud.

  • mxolisi.nala - 2012-09-16 15:13

    and what is her job exactly? what was that hard? i don't think she even know the shaft of a mine, or how it look like . .B*tch

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-09-16 15:28

    Being rich is only for the rich, else we would all be rich. There is many way's of being rich, it don't have to be financially. You can have healthy body or professional with your talent, or you can be a wonderful family man/woman/parent, or just a wonderful social and friendly person, rich with friends, or a spiritual being rich with wisdom...or, if you just want to be happy, you can balance all these things, and find a beautiful life. Money is just a nuisance, if you have it. Rather furnish your mind with interesting things;)

  • paul.raad.58 - 2012-09-16 16:43

    Whats the point in being too rich, you cant take anything with you when you go, so I would rather be well off, drink and enjoy more. You only live once !!!!d w

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