The fossil fuel industry, lobbyists, politicians, their supporters and media moguls have spent decades sowing doubt about the reality of climate change – when there is no doubt according to 97% of climate scientists. The preferred method is to drip feed the community by whatever means necessary, until we all believe the anti-science. But when the private interest of Big Money consistently presents as public interest, it’s time to worry. Big time.
The world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200 million a year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate policy.
I would like to keep my explanation simple, which is difficult because it is a complicated web of deceit.
Let’s for a minute examine the powerful Murdoch Press.
We have media commentators, providing commentary, information and news, we take as honest, well researched, and unbiased. Andrew Bolt for instance, and his favourite climate deniers, for example Gerard Henderson, and many more, you know who they are on television, newspapers, internet or social media. Now when reading this article, keep in mind Gerard Henderson, the Sydney Morning Herald’s daily columinist.
The Sydney Institute is corporate funded think tank run by Gerard Henderson and his wife Anne Henderson.
Accounts for the Sydney Institute lodged with the corporate regulator provide an intriguing glimpse inside Henderson’s tax-exempt dining club. It’s a charity folks and donors need not be made public.
The Institute of Public Affairs founder and Director was Murdoch. The Institute of Public Affairs proports to be an independent Not for Profit public policy think tank, with donors from tobacco, oil and mining industries and a major donor, Murray Irrigation Limited (say no more).
This is where it gets interesting. Institute of Public Affairs campaigned against the ratification of Kyoto Protocol, promoted Genetically Engineered crops and defended logging native forests.
The Institute of Public Affairs has hundreds of financial members since it was revealed that Gina Rinehart’s mining and agriculture empire, Hancock Prospecting, made two separate donations recently, totalling a whopping $4.5 million. – More damming reading.
Gina Rinehart regards journalists as either socialists or communists, yet she certainly gained milage from Gerard Henderson’s, Sydney Morning Herald daily columns.
Did Gina Rinehart influence the Australian Government, via the Institute of Public Affairs think tank, lobbying, and media bias, silently in the background.
I am certain if the majority Australians were aware Gina, the billionaire mining magnate was at the Paris Acord dressed up in the PM’s clothing we would not be impressed. Additionally, how much influence during the time of Julia Gillard’s famous mining tax proposal did she and others like her wield.
Jennifer Marohasy was the founding Chairwoman and is listed as a Director in the organisation’s documents with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). Mahorasy is also the listed registrant of the group’s website, but the address and phone number for the website registration are identical to the address and phone number for the Victorian office of the logging industry front group, Timber Communities Australia.
I repeat. “When the private interest of Big Money consistently presents as public interest, it’s time to worry.”
Murdoch media celebrities, fossil fuel stooges relentlessly campaign against their target … drip, drip, drip, mixing in a blend of mistrust and lies directed toward lefties, greenies, and the ABC.
“Selling off the ABC is just one of 20 goals conservative think-tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) put forward in a recent wish-list to Coalition members. It follows years of lobbying by the Institute of Public Affairs to privatise the public broadcaster, which it sees as a waste of money.”
Murdoch press is happy to constantly drip feed to the community about ABC bias, yet the ABC is heavily scrutinised unlike the Murdoch press. ABC are funded solely by the government of the day, unlike the Murdoch Press favourite Gerard Henderson’s various so called NGP think tanks.
This is even more interesting considering the LNP attack on GetUp which is not formally aligned with any Australian political party. The Australian Electoral Commission has found that GetUp is “issue-based” rather than supporting or advocating support for a particular registered party political. GetUp argues that it is driven by the values and issues of its supporters, fully independent of party loyalties.
A Must Read: is the article below, how vested interests tried to turn the world against climate science. What is should read is how vested interests have turned the world against climate science.
Given that the IPA’s backers include Gina Rinehart and that much of its funding comes from the mining industry, this is an extraordinary piece of hubris. In the eyes of those with a bias hard-wired towards their own interests, everything outside their own propaganda bubble is going to look distorted. The real scandal arises if this kind of influence is allowed to permeate a publicly funded national broadcaster with responsibilities to provide perspectives that have some kind of ethical bottom line.