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Mining Magnate Gina Rinehart Bids For Editorial Control Of Australia's Fairfax Newspapers

WHEN you think the news stories just aren't going your way - when parts of the media just refuse to tow your particular ideological line - what are your options?

For most people, the choices are limited. You could perhaps write a letter to the editor or maybe even pen an opinion piece or start your own blog.

But if you're the world's richest woman with a penchant for climate science denial and a coal and iron ore empire to maintain, then your options are considerably broader.

This week, the Australian oligarch Gina Rinehart took the logical step for someone with a personal fortune approaching $30 billion and bought the opposition.

The mining magnate now holds 19 per cent of all the shares in Fairfax - the Australian media organisation which owns the country's most respected newspapers the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne) and the Australian Financial Review.

Longtime Skeptic John Howard Acknowledges Climate Reality

Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a longtime climate skeptic, has embraced a key climate change forecast, warning Australians to prepare for more extreme weather events such as the current bushfires. Asked whether he accepted scientists' predictions on extreme weather, Howard said: “I think the country should prepare for a continuation of what we are now experiencing.”

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