MINING magnate Gina Rinehart has taken to penning poetry to take a swipe at her critics.
Australia’s wealthiest person took a leaf out of Banjo Paterson’s book, writing a poem titled Our Future that trumpets the benefits of the resources industry, criticises taxation and lampoons the government.
Her words have been engraved on to a plaque fixed to a 30-tonne iron ore boulder that now sits as an artistic feature outside the new Coventry Square Markets in Morley. The rock was donated in November by Mrs Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, from its Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara.
In the poem she has a dig at “political hacks” who were “unleashing rampant tax”: “The end result is sending Australian investment, growth and jobs offshore. This type of direction is harmful to our core.”
Rock on, rock on, Gina Rinehart;
Rock on, rock on; only you can explain!
How you won the ore, you have not sinned,
And banked quite a tidy capital gain.
And every pellet becomes a bone
That’s added iron to Aussie spine;
Erect before the Green envious eye,
This is thy monument, O, Hart of Rine!