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Gina Rinehart and her influence on Australian media

Like him, [her father, Lang Hancock],  she once advocated opening up new mines in Australia by using nuclear explosions. Hancock got the idea of using nukes to excavate harbours from Edward Teller, the fiercely anti-communist ”father of the H-bomb”

 She is now putting her wealth into the climate change sceptics’ movement.

right-wing Melbourne think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, which has a long association with the mining industry. The IPA is secretive about its funding but it would be a reasonable suspicion that its rapid expansion during the past two years has been financed by Gina Rinehart.

 Will readers of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald soon have to endure regular opinion pieces from climate sceptics like Monckton and Plimer, and various others still stuck in the politics of the Cold War?

Mining in a new vein, SMH Clive Hamilton, February 2, 2012 IF GINA Rinehart succeeds in getting a controlling
interest in Fairfax Media, the only competition to the Murdoch stable of newspapers in Australia, the nation’s political landscape will be changed.
Although she is famously shy of publicity, enough has emerged to make it clear that Rinehart has political views on the far right of the spectrum. Those close to her have reported that she would like to use her wealth to gain political influence.
Last year Rinehart was named by Forbes magazine Australia’s richest person. She is reported to hold more than $20 billion in assets. Citigroup estimates she is on track to become the richest person in the world.

Rinehart inherited more than father Lang Hancock’s mining company; she took on his politics, too. Hancock was described by one journalist as “a swashbuckling right-winger who believed people and governments should bow to his will”. On workers’ rights, WA secession and special deals for mining, Gina is her father’s daughter. John Singleton, who
has been close to both, said ”a conversation with Gina was a
conversation with Lang. They both had the same fanaticism.”…

Gina Rinehart absorbed her father’s penchant for sweeping aside the
cream-puff concerns of city-dwellers. Like him, she once advocated
opening up new mines in Australia by using nuclear explosions. Hancock
got the idea of using nukes to excavate harbours from Edward Teller,
the fiercely anti-communist ”father of the H-bomb”, described as “a
major architect of the Cold War”. Hancock invited him to Australia in
the mid-1970s.
Rinehart complains bitterly about “red and green tape” and has created
a lobby group called Australians for Northern Development and Economic
Vision (ANDEV). Her economic vision includes turning the northern half
of the continent into a special economic zone, a place where mining
companies would enjoy tax breaks and be able to bring in guest workers
from poor countries to work in the mines.
Through ANDEV Rinehart has gathered around her some seasoned political
activists, including one-time adviser to Pauline Hanson, John
McRobert. According to the business press, ANDEV is “like a who’s who
of ultra-conservative Australian business”.
Hugh Morgan is prominent in ANDEV. Morgan used to run Western Mining
Corporation, but his enduring legacy is a series of right-wing groups
he established or supported, including the H.R. Nicholls Society,
which is dedicated to attacking trade unionism and expanding the power
of employers.
Morgan has been close to right-wing Melbourne think tank the Institute
of Public Affairs, which has a long association with the mining
industry. The IPA is secretive about its funding but it would be a
reasonable suspicion that its rapid expansion during the past two
years has been financed by Gina Rinehart.
Morgan was the force behind the foundation of Australia’s leading
climate science sceptic organisation, the Lavoisier Group. Hatred of
environmentalism runs deep in the culture of the Australian mining
industry, and Rinehart channels her father on that score. She is now
putting her wealth into the climate change sceptics’ movement. She is
enamoured of Ian Plimer, the geologist whose anti-climate science
tracts have been systematically debunked by leading scientists.
Last year she helped fund the Australian tour of Lord Christopher
Monckton, who argues that climate science is a communist conspiracy to
establish centralised world government in Europe. Monckton is a
fantasist whose repeated claim to be a member of the House of Lords
prompted the sitting Lords to write a public letter demanding that he
“cease and desist”. He also claims to have won the Nobel prize. He is
better known in this country for putting a swastika next to a photo of
Ross Garnaut. None of this dents Monckton’s credibility in Rinehart’s
eyes. So she invited him to give the Lang Hancock Memorial Lecture in
Perth last year.
Rinehart has let it be known that she is worried about Australia’s
future, and wants to use her wealth to change it. Last year she bought
a big chunk of Channel Ten, enough to gain a seat on the board. She is
said to have used her influence to get Andrew Bolt his own program,
The Bolt Report. Bolt is Australia’s most obsessive climate science
sceptic, and ended up in court for deriding Aboriginal people whose
skin was not as dark as he thought it should be.
If Rinehart’s position on the Channel Ten board is enough to secure
Bolt a slot on the channel, we can fully expect her to use a seat on
the Fairfax board to try to exert editorial pressure. Will readers of
The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald soon have to endure regular
opinion pieces from climate sceptics like Monckton and Plimer, and
various others still stuck in the politics of the Cold War?
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/mining-in-a-new-vein-20120201-1qtcd.html#ixzz1lFlrL1tY

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February 2, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, media, people

2 Comments »

  1. […] to fill the pages of the Sydney Mining Herald vacated by articles critical of Gina Reinhart and the mining industry now censored by their new oligarch. The likes of Andrew Wilson and Chris Joye with his interests […]

    Pingback by SafetyBear Blog - Opinions on the Australian Housing Bubble, GFC, Politics and pretty much anything that shits me | February 16, 2012 | Reply

  2. We will cancel our subscription to the Age along with many other readers we know if Rhinehart gets on the board.

    Comment by Jean | June 12, 2012 | Reply


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