Anyhoo, was fascinated to read a Courier Mail story this morning about this:
Daughter's bid to involve Barnaby Joyce in bitter court battle an attempt to embarrass former deputy PM, Gina Rinehart saysBianca Rinehart seems to want clearly disclosed in her ongoing court fight with her Mum the amount of donations Gina has made to Barnaby Joyce and the IPA.
The report mentioned Gina's donations to the IPA and some other body (was it their fake environmental lobby group? not sure) of around $5 million, which is not small change for a lobby group that shows revenue in 2016/2017 of $6.10 million, and cash freaking reserves of $3.83 million.
(Doesn't stop them panhandling regularly for yet more donations. Defending the right of billionaires to make yet more money by mining the coal that's destined to flood scores of cities both rich and poor doesn't come cheap, obviously.)
She is, of course, an Honorary Life Member - more like puppet master, by the sounds.
The only puzzle about her involvement at the IPA is the Alan Moran scandal. He got sacked from the IPA in 2014 for some anti Muslim tweet, but continues to write his completely untrustworthy analyses of energy policy (wherein renewable is bad, always bad) at Catallaxy (and the AFR, I think.)
Anyway, Alan's shtick is surely right up Gina's alley (perhaps I should re-phrase that), so I wonder if she was upset at his IPA sacking? Did she try to stop it? Or did he cross her in some other fashion? Because I've always found his departure a bit odd - I mean, really, how much Muslim support do you think the IPA would have?