Now, from the annals of class warfare, we have an extremely wealthy individual indicating that Australian miners should be paid two dollars a day, because miners in Africa receive such low wages. Oddly enough, she thinks that demanding decent wages for dirty, dangerous jobs amounts to class warfare:
"We must be realistic, not just promote class warfare. Indeed, if we competed at the Olympic games as sluggishly as we compete economically, there would be an outcry. The evidence is unarguable that Australia is indeed becoming too expensive and too uncompetitive to do export- orientated business, Africans want to work. Its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day."
I think I support this deal, with one proviso... Gina Rinehart should pay Australian miners two dollars a day, as long as she is willing to be killed by them in the resultant riot.
All snark aside, what the hell is wrong with the überrich these days? The strain of sociopathy runs deep in the ownership class... they won't be happy until they reduce the populace to serfdom.
To scrub the awfulness of Gina Rinehart from your brains, here are some Australians with a more humane position on mine workers:
Midnight Oil was one of the most astute political bands of the 80's, championing aboriginal rights and environmentalism. Lead singer (and Big Baldie himself Peter Garrett has had a long career as an activist and politician. One of my all-time favorite Midnight Oil songs is Read About It, which was my introduction to the band:
Amazing how timely the song remains, so many decades after it was written... and by "amazing", I mean "depressing as hell".