Gina Rinehart, will you publicly declare support for editorial independence at Fairfax newspapers?
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Gina Rinehart, will you publicly declare support for editorial independence at Fairfax newspapers?

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      David McKnight

Gina Rinehart is a mining heiress and the wealthiest person in Australia.  Her fortune is worth an estimated $18-20 billion.

She has started to amass a big shareholding in the Fairfax Media group, which publishes the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. The Fairfax group is one of Australia's two big news media groups. The other is Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd (which already owns 70% of Australian newspapers).


Ms Rinehart has many strong political opinions. She did not want to pay the mining tax and, with other mining moguls, forced the Rudd government to back down. Shortly after, Rudd was removed.

She supports ‘Special Economic Zones’ in Australia’s north where cheap labour can be imported and mining companies can get tax breaks. One of her advisers, John McRoberts, was once also an adviser to Pauline Hanson.

Rinehart sponsored a 2010 tour by the British climate sceptic “Lord’ Monckton. In a talk to a Perth meeting last year Monckton suggested that the ‘super-rich’ should buy up media companies to get their free market message out.  She seems to have got the message.

See: https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/mining/monckton/monckton-speaks-to-mining-industry-share-this-video

Australian political life will be permanently biased and unbalanced with two highly political owners of newspapers. Newspapers continue to provide the key coverage of politics on which radio, TV and online depend.

If Gina Rinehart moves to control the Age, the Herald and the Financial Review it is vital that the public support the independence of the journalists and their ethical codes. Sign the petition and send Gina a message.

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    • Irene Tognetti WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Independent media is vital in Australian society

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    • Shonasea Peni MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Media independence has been whittled away. An independent media is vital for democracy.

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    • Jim Hutcheon BEECHWOOD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      To take back the country from Corporations the true evil in the world.

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    • Linda Bradburn PRESTON, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Good papers give us a good democracy-something all business depends on.

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    • Kathleen Wilcox BALMAIN, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Independence of the press is critical to Australia

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