Australia’s wealthiest woman has raised eyebrows online after releasing a book of jokes full of ‘boomer’ memes.
Mining magnate and billionairess Gina Rinehart’s new publication of “jokes, quotes and cartoons” was originally gathered for friends in hospital and was launched on Thursday to “bring joy to those doing it tough”.
Former politician Bronwyn Bishop, Senator Matt Canavan and Sam Bjelke-Petersen – the grandson of Queensland’s longest serving Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen – were among the guests at the star-studded Zoom launch across 12 locations on Thursday.
All profits from the book are going to the Cambodian Children’s Fund, Shine Awards, the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service and the Country Women’s Association.
Social media users have made fun of the book, with some pointing out many of the jokes appear to have originated from ‘Boomer’ Facebook groups.
Others questioned whether it was an elaborate April fools’ prank.
Pages of the book show a number of memes, stories and some cartoons from the Australian newspaper.
One of the jokes, picked at the launch by Ms Bishop, read: “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”
It’s not the first time Ms Rinehart has courted controversy with her publications.
In 2012, she composed a poem attacking the Labor Federal Government over its lack of support for the resources industry.
The poem was engraved on a 30-ton iron ore boulder in the Western Australian town of Morley.
In 2019, she published an outback cookbook titled Things We Love, a collection of short stories and recipes from station and farm managers across Ms Rinehart’s Hancock and Kidman pastoral properties across Australia.