Mining magnate and Hancock Chairman Gina Rinehart now owns S. Kidman & Co.
Mining magnate and Hancock Chairman Gina Rinehart now owns S. Kidman & Co. Supplied

Richest woman tells politicians what Aussies really want

GINA Rinehart has said Australia's politicians could learn lessons from US President-elect Donald Trump, as she told of what Australians want.

Mrs Rinehart told The Australian that investment decline, and debt gave an indication that politicians and the government were out of touch.

"Trump found out that Americans wanted America to be great again, regulations cut, taxes lowered and Americans to be safe, and then committed to do something about this," she told The Australian.

"Despite very biased and often inaccurate media against him, he was elected in a stunning victory."
Mrs Rinehart, said Australians wanted their living standards lifted with long term jobs. She said Australians were also concerned about rising power prices and the state of the economy.

"I also think a growing proportion of Australians are concerned about the increasing cost of power affecting their daily lives in their homes and businesses. Further, a growing proportion of Australians want to pay fewer taxes and see less government wastage of their money," she said.

Mrs Rinehart also renewed calls for the Turnbull government to introduce special economic zones in Northern Australia to boost investment and job creation.

Her comments come after she bought of the country's largest pastoral portfolio, S. Kidman & Co.

Mrs Rinehart made her first visit to the Kidman cattle empire, which she and Chinese partners have jointly acquired for $386.5 million.

Mrs Rinehart, now the new principal owner and chairman of S. Kidman & Co, visited the Kidman head office in Adelaide on December 22, where she was presented with a Kidman branding iron.

Mrs Rinehart later attended the Kidman staff Christmas party.

"I look forward to working with the team in Adelaide and the managers on the stations to understand their ideas to build the Kidman business and continually improve our quality and competitiveness," Mrs Rinehart said.

"I'm especially looking forward, weather permitting, to my first visit to the Kidman stations, in January."

The new owner of Kidman is Outback Beef, of which Mrs Rinehart's Hancock Beef owns 67 per cent and Chinese partner Shanghai CRED 33 per cent.

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