Clive Hamilton has an op-ed in The Age today bemoaning the Rinehart share raid on Fairfax. He says a lot of nice things about Gina and her father.
Last year Rinehart was named by Forbes magazine Australia’s richest person. She is reported to hold more than $20 billion in assets. Citigroup estimates she is on track to become the richest person in the world.
Rinehart inherited more than father Lang Hancock’s mining company; she took on his politics, too. Hancock was described by one journalist as “a swashbuckling right-winger who believed people and governments should bow to his will”. On workers’ rights, WA secession and special deals for mining, Gina is her father’s daughter. John Singleton, who has been close to both, said ”a conversation with Gina was a conversation with Lang. They both had the same fanaticism.”
Hancock was close to the authoritarian Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, whom even Liberal Party MPs accused of running a police state. Bjelke-Petersen gave the eulogy at Hancock’s funeral. In 1975, Hancock launched John Singleton’s Workers Party, the forerunner of the new right in Australia. Gina was in attendance, soon after she had dropped out of the University of Sydney claiming the lecturers were communists.
So the worst that can be said is that they knew Joh Bjelke-Petersen?
Anyway he then launches into a bunch of people that Gina knows – the usual suspects and the usual complaints. It was this comment that really annoyed.
He [Monckton] is better known in this country for putting a swastika next to a photo of Ross Garnaut.
Monckton is known for that? He did do it but later apologised.
But I thought it might be useful to recall some of the things Hamilton has said over time. Mind you, it isn’t a complete list.
Here he glorifying (fictional) violence
When Watt, after disrupting a public lecture, followed Coghburn out of the venue haranguing, insulting and poking him in the chest, the scientist finally lost his rag and lashed out. Who hasn’t wanted to do that?
Here he is advocating the suspension of democracy
This is because the implications of 3C, let alone 4C or 5C, are so horrible that we look to any possible scenario to head it off, including the canvassing of “emergency” responses such as the suspension of democratic processes.
Here he is denying he advocated the suspension of democracy
Sometimes a lie is too good to discard even when it is known to be a falsehood. So The Australian continues to recycle the lie that I have advocated the “suspension of democracy” to tackle climate change.
Here he is comparing climate “denialists” to mass-murdering war criminals
Instead of dishonouring the deaths of six million in the past, climate deniers risk the lives of hundreds of millions in the future. Holocaust deniers are not responsible for the Holocaust, but climate deniers, if they were to succeed, would share responsibility for the enormous suffering caused by global warming.
Here he is expounding his approach to diversity of opinion
If Australia’s security services are not closely monitoring the activities of denialist activists then they are failing in their responsibilities.
As far as I’m aware Hamilton has yet to apologise for any of those statements.