I’ve recently thrown Gina Rinehart onto my fantasy dinner party list and I’ve even gone to the effort of thinking who I’d seat her next to and what I’d like to say to her.

I won’t bother going into who the other guests might be there,  as it is a private party after all, but I will confirm the other most talked about lady in Australia right now, Lara Bingle, isn’t on the list.

However I don’t want this to sound like another Lara bashing, as she’s just a young girl but what I do think is that these two women have something very significant in common that stands out to me far more than the level of their acquired fame.

Both of them lost their Dads, and both of them just might be causing themselves and those around them much unnecessary suffering because of the depth of their loss, and the relationship that they had with each man.

In terms of Gina Rinehart, you’d have to imagine that the relationship and impact her father had on her has made her the woman she is today.  The good, the bad and the ugly.

Of course I don’t know this to be a fact, I only suspect as I’ve learnt of myself that many things that have sent me off course related back to my father not being around when I needed him growing up.  He wasn’t always to know how much I longed for him to be there, but then at other times I believed he did,  and I still lost out to someone else.

It has left me strongly believing that the relationship between that of father and daughter is so much more deep and instrumental than many of us comprehend.

I sat down with my Dad after the Four Corners story on Gina Rinehart and family, and mentioned I felt some sympathy for her and that I wasn’t sure that her son, who is fighting for his inheritance in what seems to be very odd tactics by his mother, was really rising above his mother’s behaviour.  To me he was still determined to carry on the family tradition of fighting over money.

Sure he’s owed it, but wouldn’t it be a more powerful symbolic move to say “You know what mother; you keep the money if it’s so important to you. I will show you how to live a great life with money never taking me hostage like it has to you.”

And then I said to my father, “Dad I wonder how her life would have been different if her father spent more time with her when she was young?”  To which he said he believed they were always together. “Oh no,” he added, “I think they were very close!”

But what he took as ‘very close’ was that he’d seen footage of her at 19 walking into one the family mine’s with her father.  Is that really the sort of fatherly attention that one craves when you’re a young girl?  It wasn’t for me.  I loved going to work with Dad on school holidays when I’d visit him, and got a huge kick out of having a vanilla slice and pasty for lunch, but hearing about fork lift trucks and shag pile carpet wasn’t my idea of a Kodak moment.

I don’t understand why so many people write off families with money.  From what I’ve witnessed, the more money, the more family unhappiness and the more damage that’s done.

Perhaps in order for Gina to be close to Lang Hancock, her worshipped father, she had to show interest in his company.   Maybe her value as a person became so inter-twined on her attitude towards business,  and the praise from her father based on not what sort of young woman she’d become,  but how much promise she was showing in following in his foot steps?

If that was the case, then it’s any wonder she strives for great power, and holds onto monetary gains with such an iron fist.  Maybe she’s holding onto the energy of a memory, rather than the clarity of the present.



  1. Katy Dave Edgar Sissis Amber I agree, she would be great to interview…. I actually like Gina, would love to really see the real woman behind Gina…. She’s getting a rough deal in the media and all this stuff with her kids…. If she didn’t have all these public issues with her family then she would have continued with her life out of the media spot light…. I think of her a a quiet achiever…. And I don’t like the governments attack on her in regards to her wealth…. She has built up what her father left her…. Very smart lady…. We are only given snippets of what her family is all about… One day her kids will regret all the media interest they have attracted to their family ….. Would love to see a real interview with Gina… Is there a reason why this woman is not allowed to succeed in business…. There’s more to Gina than just being a mining billionaire …..
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  2. Maria Galeano her interest in her own children comes down to a monetary value. every press release about this person is $ based. slightly curious about what causes her an emotional reaction/feeling? perhaps an i/v that draws out feelings which isnt shop, ie no $ talk
    June 23 at 12:20am via mobile · Like

    Kimbo Morley For those who have a low iq she is a very smart woman and women should link upto her. Don’t let money cloud your vision because of jealousy
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  3. Marie Cellier I think she’s a rich bully, who wears a skirt… no different to any of the other major players… she also happens to bully her own children etc… She’s certainly not someone i aspire to be, and for my money… she’s proof that money can’t by happines (or taste!!!) 🙂
    June 22 at 4:20pm · Like · 1

    Saeble Lyghter pass… what a complete and utter waste of O2… fascinating ? vision board ? you really really really want that interview dont you..
    June 22 at 4:26pm · Like

    Sue Hill As if the Australian newspaper industry doesn’t have enough problems right now…
    June 22 at 4:57pm · Like

    Deborah Pollard greedy hungry mother!
    June 22 at 8:05pm via mobile · Like

    Paul Kloeden I’ve read the secret too & it’s happening 🙂
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  4. Melanie Sheppard I loved your article Amber and agree with you completely. I worked for my father for 13 years, idolized him in fact, until 1 day I woke up and realized that the relationship was toxic and to gain his love and acceptance I was compromising myself and all I held dear. So I left, started to live my true life and as a result, was totally rejected by my father. I have grown up without this loving male role model in my life and have certainly suffered the consequences. But here I am at 41, life is certainly less that what it was materially, but I know who I am. The journey has been horrendously painful and confronting. To realize that my fathers love was conditional, at 41, sent me into a tailspin. But it is what it is and now I’m free to be me.
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  5. Hi Amber,
    What can i say my Friend,Love your Article ,Onces again job well done.I hope i can be in your Fantasy Dinner Party List.Have a nice week .Take Care.

    • You totally can Harry, the only catch is, I CAN’T COOK TO SAVE MYSELF………..I was going to ask Gina and the rest of the crew to bring a plate. xxx

    • thanks Sally. I’ve decided the dinner party is going to be with plastic plates and forks, kabana & cheese on tooth picks, and I may even lash out on a Sara Lee pavlova……….I promise to take photos of my guests faces. Although Nelson Mandela, Wayne Dyer and Marianne Williamson I know will be happy no matter what. It’s Gina’s face I’d like to see.x

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