Geoff Gallop writes Gina Rinehart, Fairfax and the ‘war’ politics of the Australian right

Tony Abbott has strongly backed mining magnate Gina Rinehart’s increasing investment in Fairfax Media.
Good on Gina for being prepared to invest in journalism at a difficult time… It’s not a bad thing – it’s a good thing.”
Source: Abbott backs Rinehart bid

If Tony Abbott says it will be a good thing, he means for him, not the country, not you or me. However, not everyone agrees that this is a good thing.

If you read one article about what the most recent changes to the Australian media landscape means, make it this piece by Geoff Gallup.

Let this be a wake-up call for those on the left and centre. If we continue to think that everything will work itself out then by the time we do start paying attention, it might be too late.

What Australian progressives are facing with Gina Rinehart then is not just wealth and commitment but also political nous – a potent mix at the best of times. Just as I’m sure she is being advised not to overplay her hand, those who disagree with her politics should take the same advice.

Those who don’t want Australia to fall into a right-wing world will need more knowledge, a stronger will and better organisation than their opponents. There can be no shortcuts.

Source: Gina Rinehart, Fairfax and the ‘war’ politics of the Australian right by Geoff Gallup

This is an extract from his piece, but I encourage everyone most strongly to read the whole thing.

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