Australia’s richest woman warns Australia will end up impoverished like Sri Lanka
Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman worth $31billion, has warned Australia is on the same track as Sri Lanka and Argentina in falling from prosperity to poverty due to a big-spending, regulation-heavy government.
The mining magnate, who is the country’s richest person with a net worth of $31billion, urged Australians to be ‘on guard’ against the ‘ruining effects of socialism’ in order to preserve the nation’s wealth, the Daily Mail reported.
She sounded the warning in a chapter she wrote for an upcoming book titled Australia Tomorrow which features essays from prominent centre-right thinkers including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and broadcaster Alan Jones.
‘For generation after generation, we have wanted to hand down a better country for our children,’ she wrote in her essay obtained in advance to Daily Mail Australia.
‘Sadly for this generation I believe this is now at risk, which the younger ones amongst us, in particular, should not want.’
Mrs Rinehart urged the Federal Government – which last year oversaw a record $167billion budget deficit, largely due to heavy spending to offset the crippling effect of Covid lockdowns – to show more fiscal restraint in the years to come.
‘Alluring political words of ”free this” and ”free that”, more taxpayers’ money for this or that, helped to turn once prosperous Ceylon, prosperous with its tea plantations and other agriculture, into a country which couldn’t support itself with food,’ she wrote using the British colonial name for Sri Lanka which became independent in 1948.
‘Instead, its people faced hunger, loss of free speech, consequent damaging riots, property damage, unhappiness, police and military, and a country name change as it struggled with the results of its socialist path.’
Mrs Rinehart, whose wealth soared by $2.2 billion in the six months to May this year due to surging iron ore prices, also cited Argentina – which was the world’s tenth wealthiest nation per capita in 1913 but now suffers political instability, inflation and a 42 per cent poverty rate – as a cautionary tale of big government.
‘The socialist policies of Peron and others saw incredible inflation, people unable to support their families, rioting; and the country has never regained its affluent position in the world, even 100 years later,’ she wrote, referencing Juan Peron, who nationalised Argentina’s large companies and set up social welfare programs when he became president in 1946.
‘Sadly, the economy ruining effects of socialism don’t just last between elections. They last much, much longer,’ Mrs Rinehart wrote.
‘We should be on guard against this and, in particular, the entitlement culture, big government, high taxes and government tape – these are problems that need to be faced, if we want Australia to continue to be the wonderful country that it has been.’
The 67-year-old Mrs Rinehart, who inherited her mining empire from her father Lang Hancock, said ‘agriculture, mining, small businesses, investment and defence are the keys to our nation and our future’ and urged the government to ‘stop making decisions influenced by the media of the moment and instead act to make the bold decisions our country needs.’
Prime Minster Scott Morrison has been accused by Labor of simply making announcements to grab headlines and control the news agenda rather than improve the country.
Ms Rinehart also called for the regulation burden on businesses to be reduced, saying the long-time owners of Fossil Downs, a cattle station in the Kimberleys, were forced to sell up due to ‘government tape’.
‘John, the husband of the owner and manager, had to get up around 4am each morning, like most do on stations in the far north, but he wasn’t able to get to bed until around 1am, still doing government paperwork,’ she wrote.
The mother of four also slammed ‘crazy laws’ in the Northern Territory which prevent farm owners killing crocodiles and wild dogs to protect their livestock and land-clearing restrictions which have made some properties more vulnerable to bushfires.
Mrs Rinehart referenced a report by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs which found there has been 80-fold increase to Commonwealth environmental regulation since the first Commonwealth environmental department was established in 1971.
The report in October 2019 called for environmental regulation to be placed solely in the hands of the states to reduce red tape.
In July last year Mr Morrison presented to National Cabinet plans to devolve federal legislation under changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act which are currently before the senate.
The Australia Tomorrow book was edited by Alan Jones’ producer Jake Thrupp and features essays from several Coalition MPs as well as Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli and ACT Opposition Leader Elizabeth Lee.
‘These are prominent centre-right voices in Australia who have come together to provide the Coalition with a fresh sense of mission,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘For the Australian centre-right, a publication of this magnitude has never been done before.’
I am a Sri Lankan.but sad to hear this news.because my relatives are residing in Australia for a long time.my country is a very beautiful one but very poor because of our politicians.all the politicians are heavily corrupted. specially rajapaksha family.they never listen to educated people in Sri Lanka. That’s our fate.most of people are slaves of politicians.but Australian people are not slaves of the politicians. sothat the citizens of your country can make the country into prosperity.
The rich Australian lady has picked Sri Lanka among all the nations in the world as an example of an ‘impoverished nation’.
Quite right too.
For 70 long years, the voters of Sri Lanka returned politicians to the Parliament through franchise.
The objective of those in Parliament has been nothing but looting the wealth of the nation to enhance personal wealth. No wonder we are impoverished.
Who is to blame? Is it the politicians or the stupid voters?
Your thinking is wrong. In Sri Lanka, the problem is of civil society and those who received free education and got top jobs in the country. For example now let’s take electricity board. Top engineers and high ranker officers are paid 4-5 hundred thousands per month ;their houses are air conditioned free of charge , but they don’t try to develop the institution.
Now they only demand not to sell the power plants as they are assets of our nation. But they are silent when government is selling other properties like harbor and others and privatize education. If power plants are national properties , civil society should demand not to sell them.
We import cruel oil and 40% of oil is wasted by government institutions, mostly for private travels. We have inefficient big public sector for which 1300 billions out of 1500 billions government income is paid for salaries. So now we have to reduce in ( down scale), but still politicians and other enlarge it. Sri Lanka administrative service is utter failure. They do not any thing, but work everywhere.
These are the some of real problems, but people speak rubbish moving around the bush.
Dear Prabath. Never listen to educated people ? You are joking aren’t you. Educated people? Cram the book and pass the exam brainless stupid ideotes the product of Sri Lanken universities. They are good only to clean toilets and sweep the roads in foreign countries. When I was in Melbourne the couple who came to clean my room was two Sri Lanken graduates.
Let me give a example what this educated people did, Some time ago they want to produce sugar. They refer to a book and bought one of the machine rejected by the Cuban government because it was too big for them even though they were the biggest producers of sugar world. So when the machines were installed they realized they need cane to produce sugar. So left machines and start cultivating sugar, When the cane was ready the machines were rusted and had to get a engineer from Russia to repair it. Also once the machines was restored the elephants has eaten the sugar.
By the way Mr Prabath. nice suite and tie. I don’t want your title. Let me know what you do in Australia,