Contributed by Glen
Gerry Harvey, of Harvey Norman fame is a very wealthy individual.
He has a wealth estimated at $US1.7 billion. He is also indicative of the mentality of his prevalent among his kind.
Let’s look at some of his thoughts. Maybe we’ll start with governance.
Billionaire retailer Gerry Harvey says Australia has been ungovernable since John Howard was dumped from office and claims the only cure for the nation’s broken democracy — hamstrung by years of dismal infighting — is to install a dictator.
Hmm, does not sound like a very nice fellow. What does he think are the issues confronting the small business owner?
“Well the tax they’re going to cut – the big problem with small business – I talk to small business every day of the week. Small business has a huge problem. They’ve got wages that are killing them, they’ve got rent that’s killing them and they’re talking about only cutting their tax from 30 per cent to 29 per cent”.
What does Gerry Harvey think about the welfare state, surely a feature of any advanced nation?
He has lamented that Australian charity is being wasted on ‘no hopers’.
Asked in a new book about his community role, Harvey said giving to people who “are not putting anything back into the community” is like “helping a whole heap of no hopers to survive for no good reason”.
He also said in 2008 that it was arguable that giving charity to the homeless was “just wasted”. “It might be a callous way of putting it but what are they doing?” he said. “They are just a drag on the whole community.”
Yep the unemployed are not his favourites. Even earlier this year, nine years after his previous comments his disdain is still there saying that unemployed Australians in the nation’s capitals were, “too lazy” to look for work. “There’s the expectation that someone will look after them,” he said. I’ve got a number of businesses apart from Harvey Norman, including some farms,” he told News Corp. “If there weren’t 457 visas I wouldn’t get any workers.”
Yep, Gerry Harvey, another wealthy bludger.