Gina Rinehart company revealed as $4.5m donor to climate sceptic thinktank

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Billionaire’s company gave significant donations to the Institute of Public Affairs in 2016 and 2017

  • Graham Readfearn
  • The Guardian

Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, has been revealed as a key funder of the rightwing thinktank the Institute of Public Affairs – a consistent promoter of climate science scepticism.

Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, donated $2.3m to the IPA in 2016 and $2.2m in 2017, according to disclosures made to the New South Wales supreme court.

As part of a long-running legal dispute over the use of company funds, Rinehart’s daughter Bianca had served a…

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