Gina Rinehart: Hard work makes gender irrelevant


Momentum Most Inspiring Woman of the Year Gina Rinehart.
Momentum Most Inspiring Woman of the Year Gina Rinehart.

MINING magnate Gina Rinehart says “achievement isn’t about gender, it’s about hard work and dedication, perseverance and effort”.

Mrs Rinehart, who is the Momentum Most Inspiring Woman of the Year 2016, said while the resources industry was traditionally male orientated, she had been well supported by men and women in her latest project, Roy Hill.

“I’m pleased to see more women enter this industry as engineers, operators, drivers and other roles,” she said.

“In fact, there is no role in the mining industry which is closed to women.

“I encourage women to participate in what I believe is an industry important to our country and its future.”

The businesswoman will join Scarborough MLA and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey, Professor Colleen Hayward and Rabia Siddique as guest speakers at Momentum’s annual International Women’s Day Luncheon on Friday, March 11, at Pan Pacific Perth.

The luncheon will also include a performance by 13-year-old Ani-K.

Mrs Rinehart said that while many people had influenced her in life, the most important were her parents.

“I learnt much more from their actions than just what they said,” she said.

“This I believe has helped me through at times a difficult life and helped bring me to where I am today.”

Mrs Rinehart said Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had also influenced her with his courage and success.

“In less than a year in office, he achieved significant regulatory, approvals, permits, licences cuts and compliance reductions, and consequently almost doubled India’s economic growth, and, enabled his country to enjoy the highest economic growth in the world today,” she said.