LET criminals pay their way out of jail. That's the suggestion of mining billionaire Gina Rinehart to grow Australia's tax base as the population ages.
The suggestion, to consider letting non-violent offenders pay to get out of prison, was made in Ms Rinehart's regular column in Australian Resources and Investment magazine, after she travelled to Europe.
Ms Rinehart wrote a similar model was used in Texas to cut the taxpayers' expense of housing criminals.
She wrote the policy could help in Australia to grow the tax base as the population aged.
Ms Rinehart wrote to ensure such criminals were still penalised, they could be forced to give up their votes or passport for a number of years.
The billionaire also wrote she had heard in Holland that people were turning against wind power due to "higher taxes".
She also praised countries including Ireland, where the company tax rate was 12.5%, or less than half Australia's current rate.
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