a) an industry which creates thousands of (very well-paid) jobs, brings in billions of dollars in export earnings, massively boosts economic growth, contributes greatly to the government's tax revenues and furnishes the world with an incredibly useful product essential to everything from bridge- and house-building to car manufacture to sauce pans to knives and forks.b) an industry which depends for its survival on spreading fear and panic around the world – poisoning the minds of children, warping the outlook of adults – using a mix of junk science and propaganda with a view, ultimately, to slowing economic growth, rationing consumption, stealing freedoms, increasing taxes and regulation, and subverting the democratic process.
As exhibit a) I present to you the Australian Iron Ore industry.As exhibit b) I present the environment industry, as embodied by publicity stunts like Earth Hour and anti-jobs, anti-growth activist organisations such as Earth Hour's co-sponsors the World Wildlife Fund.
The Australian billionaire mining magnate, a staunch conservative who does no media interviews, has branded herself as a "white knight" trying to rescue the ailing – and liberal-leaning – Fairfax Media.
Mrs Rinehart recently moved to a 19 per cent stake in the company, just short of the 20 per cent mark at which she would have to launch a formal takeover bid. She has been vying for three board seats but has insisted that she should not have to abide by the company's charter of editorial independence.In a statement to ABC Television, her company, Hancock Prospecting, said Mrs Rinehart was a potential saviour of the company and had started buying shares after its three biggest mastheads suffered long-term circulation declines.
"HHPL [Hancock Prospecting] has hoped that Mrs Rinehart may be viewed by the board as a successful business person and necessary 'white knight' with mutual interest in a sustainable Fairfax," the statement said. "However unless director positions are offered without unsuitable conditions, Mrs Rinehart is unable to assist Fairfax at this time."
In a letter to Fairfax's Melbourne newspaper, The Age, a range of prominent Australians including Malcolm Fraser, the former prime minister, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Peter Doherty and the actor Geoffrey Rush today urged the Fairfax board not to abandon the charter.