Is She For Real? Gina Rinehart Offers Her Prison Solution

Is she for real? 

GINA RINEHART thinks she has the answer for congested prisons: let criminals buy their way out. It is also, as she points out, one way to increase the government’s revenue. She is being true to her beliefs: MONEY IS THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.

Never mind that one function of prisons is to rehabilitate, not just punish, offenders. Another is deterrence – a criminal is less likely to reoffend after incarceration. Does Gina not even think that such a scheme could lead to more crime – albeit “non-violent” as she puts it?

Gina makes one distinction: this would be only allowed for ‘non-violent’ criminals,  I guess she means murderers and the like. But anyone convicted of any crime is not fit to be released into the community, in my view, not unless that person shows evidence of remorse and reform. As  Rossleigh Brisbane wrote (

Drug dealing, for example, is potentially non-violent. So, after being convicted of selling a large shipment of cocaine to school children, I simply pay my fine and go back to business.

So – no problem at all if you’ve lined your pockets from dodgy dealings a la Bond, Skase or Adler,  but if you’re some poor bugger from skid row — in the cells, mate!

C’mon Australia – why risk change when the going is good?

Australia Net Debt

Australia today, after six years of Labor Government: C’mon, voters, do you really want to risk changing this?
• rate of capital investment:at 27 per cent of GDP, ithe second highest in the top 20 countries,
• Australia’s investment: GDP ratio in 2010-11 – almost double that of the US.
• “Australians are among the most satisfied people in the world with their freedom of choice, quality of education, satisfaction with their jobs, even satisfaction with government – and overall satisfaction with life.” [UN 2013 Human Development Index]
• tenth highest gross domestic product per-capita worldwide
• the tenth lowest rate of unemployment among the 35 most advanced economies worldwide
• the sixth lowest net debt to GDP ratio among the 26 most advanced economies

“your public debt problems seem amazingly trivial by our standards. We only wish we had your net debt position, which is obviously incredibly comfortable.” [Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times, London, in ABC Lateline,