Rinehart comments an 'insult': Swan

Treasurer Wayne Swan has slammed mining magnate Gina Rinehart for insulting Australian workers after she called for a cut to the minimum wage and accused people of being jealous of the wealthy.

Ms Rinehart, Australia's richest person, says those who are jealous of the wealthy should start working harder and cut down on drinking, smoking and socialising.

In her regular column in Australian Resources and Investment magazine she writes it is billionaires like herself who are doing more than anyone to help the poor by investing their money and creating jobs.

She also suggests the government should lower the minimum wage of $606.40 a week and cut taxes to stimulate employment.

But Mr Swan said the comments were "an insult to the millions of Australian workers who go to work and slog it out to feed the kids and pay the bills".

"The big question is whether (Opposition Leader) Tony Abbott will endorse Gina Rinehart's social policies as he's endorsed her tax, industrial relations and environmental policies," the treasurer said in a statement.

"Tony Abbott is Gina's knight in shining armour when it comes to fighting for tax cuts for her and Clive Palmer."

Mr Swan added: "The question for Tony Abbott today is does he agree with Gina Rinehart that Aussies are lazy workers who drink and socialise too much?

"Will he do her bidding and slash the minimum wage as Gina wants him to?"


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Poor Wayne, he's still reeling from the blow Kloppers dealt him regarding his surplus plans..."aaaaaand it's gone!"

What a fool and stupid woman Gina has shown herself to be. Slagging off hard working people silly BIG rich girl.

If smoking, drinking and socialising inhibit wealth creation, isn't it a good thing For Gina Rhinehart and Clive Palmer that eating doesn't have a similar effect.

Look what happened when Marie Antoinette uttered those famous words"let them eat cake"

Gina said the truth. Be brave and face it!

Gina not the smartest f.. cat Insulting everyday hard working aussies is not the smartest thing to do. Politicians will rub their hands clean of you to keep their image for the voting public. Pretty easy when you get set up and you receive millions/billions in royaties for doing nothing! Yep she did a lot of 'hard work' didnt she. Gina seriously your wealth is deluding you. The politicians are partly to blame not implementing strict sanctions on how many foriegn workers she can employ to protect aussie employment. And yes that would be smart drop the minimun wage when costs such power are sky rocketing...

Swan is cunning " Dno't get a cobra as as a pet" The kady ...The very arge Marie Anoitte who could not get off the toilet in an aeroplane shlould reflect..Marie Antoinette had an excuse ,she was very young..what is Gin's exuse /reason. Interresting " let them eat cakes " her crumbs her crumbs I presume. Tks Alexander Dumas

Everybody is allowed to make silly comments but not the treasurer of Australia. Why does Swan feel he needs to put his socialist two bobs worth in to every negative comment? Doesn't he have a job to do trying to make a budget balance by redistributing the nations wealth? He should go and consult Bruce "the boss" Springsteen to work out what he should do- couldn't be worse. And please people, what does weight have to do with your arguments? If you need to comment on Gina's weight then you really are jelous and probably stupid and poor too ( or 12 years old).

Wayne swan should take serious note of Ginas advice: Gina turned a $75million into $29 Billion. The world's best treasurer (swan) turned $100 billion of cash into about $500 billion loss: to me it sounds like Wayne Swan is raging with jealousy:

What value has Gina really created? I understand she has worked hard but lets face it she inherited a fortune and was lucky to be in a position to ride the Chinese boom while sitting on Australia's resources. Good for her but nothing really inspirational out of what she's done or what she's ever had to say that I can think of.

Gina made her fortune selling OUR national resources using OUR labour for which she paid us peanuts. Nationalize her assets I say and put her on unemployment benefits or put her on minimum wages and she how well she will do without OUR resources or her daddy's millions.

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