The price of poetry

This month Gina Rinehart, an Australian mining heiress, is officially the world’s richest woman. Not only did she inherit a lot of money, but she has also managed to increase it, and in February 2012 she became the largest shareholder in newspaper publisher Fairfax Media. 

“When she made her debut on the rich list after her father’s death in 1992, her net wealth was estimated at A$75 million. Now she is worth 386 times as much.” She is not stupid.

What would you do with a mining empire? Write a poem? How about engraving a poem on a plaque and fixing it onto a 30-ton iron ore boulder near your hometown. This is just what Gina Rinehart has done. Professor Haskell (creative writing lecturer at the University of Western Australia) says “As a poet she’s about as good as I am at mining….She won’t make much money out of poetry, that’s for sure”. See what you think?

Gina Rinehart’s poem at New Coventry Square Markets in Morley north east Perth.

Our Future by Gina Rinehart

The globe is sadly groaning with debt, poverty and strife
And billions now are pleading to enjoy a better life
Their hope lies with resources buried deep within the earth
And the enterprise and capital which give each project worth
Is our future threatened with massive debts run up by political hacks
Who dig themselves out by unleashing rampant tax
The end result is sending Australian investment, growth and jobs offshore
This type of direction is harmful to our core
Some envious unthinking people have been conned
To think prosperity is created by waving a magic wand
Through such unfortunate ignorance, too much abuse is hurled
Against miners, workers and related industries who strive to build the world
Develop North Australia, embrace multiculturalism and welcome short term foreign workers to our shores
To benefit from the export of our minerals and ores
The world’s poor need our resources: do not leave them to their fate
Our nation needs special economic zones and wiser government, before it is too late.

Mrs H.

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