It is genuine humanitarianism at its finest, and has nothing to do with Australia’s richest person’s desire to exploit cheap labour at rates below those paid to Australian workers.
This is part of what Gina wrote:
The Globe is sadly groaning with debt, poverty and strife
And billions now are pleading to enjoy a better life ...
Embrace multiculturalism and welcome short term foreign workers to our shores
To benefit from the export of our minerals and ores.
(From the ABC News website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-29/rinehart27s-overseas-worker-push-facing-union-rebellion/3921700 ).
It is such a fine expression of empathy for the poor in high literary form that it has attracted its own lit crit (http://theworstofperth.com/2012/02/13/la-gina/ ).
Of course, the reason why the “Globe is sadly groaning with debt, poverty and strife” has nothing to do with the accumulation of capital by the 1%.
A workmate of mine has uncharitably responded with a poem of her own:
Gina R, Gina R, who the hell do you think you are
With your mate Twiggy and his driverless trucks
You obviously don’t give two flying fucks
Who’s driving a dozer or wielding an axe,
So long as you don’t have to pay any tax.
She claimed to have been an “award winning” poet, having won a competition at Hamilton Secondary College!
I did point out that I’d beaten her to the gun with this effort that I posted on June 13, 2010:
Twiggy Forrest in his workman's clothes
(With his workman's bank account - as everybody knows!)
Will be forced to live on the bones of his arse
If he's taxed at the level of the working class.
Gina Reinhardt, looking very sad,
"It's all my money - I got it from my Dad";
But that bastard pinched it from the labouring crew -
The work of the many for the wealth of a few.
A resource profit super tax
Such a mild move for all their wild attacks
When we socialise the mines at a later hour
Then we'll see them weep 'cos we'll hold state power.
And we'll dress Mr Twiggy like a working man,
And he can irrigate the desert with a watering can
Which we'll fill forever down the years
With Gina Reinhardt's well-deserved tears!
If anyone else is inspired by Gina “Mother Theresa” Reinhart’s new-found compassion for the wretched of the earth, please hit the comments box below and send it in!