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Gina rineharts message to australian politicians on what the country needs




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.

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Her comments come after she bought of the countrys 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.

Im 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 Rineharts Hancock Beef owns 67 per cent and Chinese partner Shanghai CRED 33 per cent.

Phone insurance how dropping your phone can cost you a fortune




THAT sinking feeling of dropping your smartphone into a pool of water, smashing its screen or losing it is known all too well by phone users.

A Telstra spokesman says they even had one insurance claim by a customer who damaged their phone after they were kicked by a horse.

With phone damage not only comes the inconvenience but also a hefty price tag, particularly for those customers who have failed to take out insurance cover.

And for those who do pay it each month it isnt cheap it usually ranges from about $10 to $15 per month and covers accidental damage, theft and water damage.

Insurance can be expensive says Joseph Hanlon, editor at telco comparison website Whistleout, but its up to the individual to work out whether they think its worth paying extra each month.

An extra $10 or so per month is an extra $240 over the life of the contract adds up but usually you have to take it out as soon as you sign up to a contract or at least within 30 days,’ he says.

You cant go to Apple and buy a phone and then go to a telco provider for insurance, phone insurance adds up so its a personal choice on whether or not to take it out.

Insurance usually come with significant excess charge if something does go wrong and it often starts from at least $100 to make a claim.

Hanlon suggests consumers read up on their own home and contents insurance policy to see whether their phone is covered for any damage or loss this may save paying extra for individual cover when signing up to a new phone contract.

He also always reading the terms and conditions of a contract to make sure you understand what youre covered for.

A Telstra spokesman says they have multiple insurance options including the Our StayConnected Plus program which charges postpaid customers $15 per month and allows a phone to be swapped or replaced up to twice a year for a fee of up to $220.

Rival provider Optus charges customers $14 per month for claims of theft, loss, accidental damage or breakdown/failure but the excesses do vary.

A $100 charge applies for accidental damage or electronic breakdowns, while a heftier $200 fee applies if the phone is lost or stolen.