Gina Rinehart has proposed six ‘common sense’ steps to improve the lives of Australians, including embracing nuclear power and cutting limits on work hours.
The mining magnate, who is worth an estimated $37.41billion, also wants to see government red tape cut, farmers subsidised for helping the country to reach climate goals and better infrastructure in regional areas.
Even though she called for the urgent introduction of nuclear power, probably her most controversial idea was to end ‘the limit on work hours’ to help veterans, pensioners and university students.
‘Imagine the smiles when we can finally fill those jobs in the bush, and see hospitals and health centres’ hours and effectiveness improved,’ she wrote in The Spectator.
Probably her most controversial idea was to end ‘the limit on work hours’ to help veterans, pensioners and university students
Gina Rinehart has proposed six ‘common sense’ steps to improve the lives of Australians, including embracing nuclear power and cutting limits on work hours
Her lead idea was to put nuclear power ahead of renewables ‘for the well-being of this nation’.
‘It’s time to realise we need nuclear power in this country.’
‘Instead of punishing many farmers with bird-killing wind generators and massive solar panel stretches, we need to urgently allow clean, safe, nuclear energy for the well-being of this nation.’
Ms Rinehart used a ‘scientifically fact-checked’ joke about radiation to make that point, attributed to Hungarian-American scientist Edward Teller, known as ‘the father of the hydrogen bomb’.
The joke began by saying a man would receive ‘only a little more radiation’ if he stood next to a nuclear power station for a year than he would get from being in bed with his wife.
‘If a man stood next to that same nuclear power plant for a year, and then went home to share a bed with two wives, he’d get more radiation from sharing that bed than standing next to the nuclear power plant all year.’
She wants to see farmers subsizised if they spend more than $200,000 on switched to electric vehicles and plant as the nation tries to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Rinehart made it clear how much her controversial father, Lang Hancock ‘s entrepreneurial spirit has influenced her
Gina’s six steps to improve Australia
- Urgently embrace ‘safe’ nuclear power
- End limits on work hours and remove taxpayer-funded bureaucracy
- Improve regional infrastructure including better connectivity, top hospitals in mining towns and 24 hour airstrips
- Subsidise farmers to upgrade work vehicle fleets and equipment to electric
- Cut federal and West Australian government red tape
- Introduce special economic zones, starting with Northern Australia
‘Do our politicians understand the extent of the financial burden this will place on everyday farmers?
‘Switching to electric vehicles, including lawn mowers, motor bikes, utes, 4-wheel drives, tractors, harvesters, trucks, bulldozers, graders and front-end loaders will cost a fortune, on top of which will be required approximately $650,000 for solar plants with huge batteries for when the sun doesn’t shine, and solar panels to replace multiple bore pumps, essential for daily water.’
Ms Rinehart also urged governments to return money earned by regional Australia for the economy back to the regions, partly by improving internet access.
Another way this could be done is by building ’24 hour, 365 day’ airstrips across the outback to service ‘the fastest Royal Flying Doctor Service planes’.
Mining towns also need top hospitals, she said.
‘We should have the best-equipped and most luxurious hospitals in Newman, Tom Price, Dampier, Cape Lambert, Port Hedland and in other mining towns, thanks to the revenue we create in the Pilbara and other mining areas.’
A big focus for Ms Rinehart was cutting government ‘red tape’, both federally and in Western Australia.
‘After four years, all government tape automatically goes, and bureaucrats in each relevant department must sign their names and provide reasons as to why the tape should be reinstated.’
One of her more detailed plans is for a series of special economic zones to be introduced, starting with northern Australia.
At the heart of that plan is a cut in taxes for people investing in business in Northern Australia or who work there.
Rinehart made it clear how much her controversial father, Lang Hancock‘s entrepreneurial spirit has influenced her by beginning and ending the column with references to him.
Ms Rinehart wants airstrips operational 24-hours a day, 365 days a year in the outback
She acknowledged her father ‘made himself unpopular at times’.
While he is acknowledged as one of Western Australia’s mining greats and built the family’s fortune, he said Aboriginals should be sterilised.
But, Ms Rinehart said, her father was ‘standing up for what he could see was in the nation’s best interests.’
‘My Dad was a huge and exceptional contributor to our north, to our state and to this country.’