Gina Rinehart railing against the policies of the government was not news item at all, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Wednesday.
"Gina Rinehart has always been opposed to the minerals resource rent tax. She's always been opposed to carbon pricing ... Where's the news in that?" Ms Gillard said in an interview with ABC Radio today.
She was reacting to Ms Rinehart's video statement on Tuesday assailing Labor's tax programmes and a host of other policies, which she claimed make it more difficult for businesses to flourish in Australia.
The mining billionaire, the richest woman in the world, hinted too that other destinations offer better prospects for investors like her, citing the case of Africa, where "workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day."
Pointing to the weakening trend in the global industry of commodities plus the 'unfriendly' business environment in Australia, such indicators, Ms Rinehart said, "make me worry for this country's future."
But the prime minister asked what's there to worry about when economic data showed that "we re seeing spectacular growth in business investment. We are seeing low unemployment. They're the facts."
These data, Ms Gillard stressed, stand on resource investment pipeline of about $500 billion, with the development of some $200 billion of which already underway.
Ms Gillard also pointed out that unfortunately for Ms Rinehart, the government not subscribe to the ideas she's been peddling for the longest time.
"I don't share her view," the prime minister was reported by The Australian as saying on Wednesday.
She greatly differed with mining bosses like Gina Rinehart because she's bent on spreading benefits of the resources boom instead of confining the billions the sector generates to a select few, Ms Gillard explained.
"As mining continues to grow, as we use this incredible wealth in our natural landscape; as we mine it, as we exploit it, as we generate that prosperity, that we should share some of that prosperity," Ms Gillard added.
Even her current focus of reforming the public funding scheme of Australian schools, the prime minister said, was geared on the notion that in the future top-notch quality of education in the country would more economic opportunities for all industries, the mining sector including.
"There is nothing more important to the future of mining in this country than what is happening in Australian schools today," Ms Gillard told ABC.
And suggestions coming from Ms Rinehart that Australia needs to consider the labour practices in Africa, specifically its cheap wages, were just unacceptable as far as the local settings are concerned, the prime minister asserted.
"It's not the Australian way to toss people $2 ... and then ask them to work for a day," Ms Gillard asserted, adding that her general policy for the labour sector centres around "proper Australian wages and decent working conditions for Australian people."
In a statement, Treasurer Wayne Swan said on Tuesday that only one person in the country would welcome the ideas coming from the mining magnate and that is Coalition leader Tony Abbott.
"The only Australian not getting sick and tired of this almost-daily pearl-rattling from Gina Rinehart is her loyal servant, Tony Abbott," Mr Swan was reported by Fairfax as saying on his statement.
It is highly likely that a Coalition Government would cut labour wage and even allow the use of illegal labour in Australia since those were proposed by Ms Rinehart, the Treasurer's office added.
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