1. Gina Rinehart just responded to Aussie legend Celeste Barber calling her out over her lack of bushfire relief donation.
After being called out on social media for not contributing to the bushfire appeal, mining billionaire, Gina Rinehart has responded to comedian Celeste Barber.
On Tuesday, the comedian directly addressed Rhinehart’s lack of involvement with an angry tweet calling for action. Considering the 65-year-old is Australia’s richest woman with a net worth of $14 billion, you can see where Barber was coming from.
“Hey Gina Rinehart where the hell are you and all your money?! If you’re in Hawaii on a family holiday I’m going to flip a f*cking table,” she wrote.
Hey Gina Rinehart where the hell are you and all your money?! If you’re in Hawaii on a family holiday I’m going to flip a fucking table. #firecrisis
— Celeste barber (@celestebarber_) January 7, 2020
In a statement released by Rinehart’s spokesperson and seen by the Daily Mail, it was clear the Executive Chairwoman of mining company Hancock Prospecting was more concerned about the “true causes” of the fires and making sure people weren’t blaming this on climate change.
*Insert eye roll here*.
“(Mrs Rinehart) is most concerned that the true causes of this sad devastation are tackled, rather than missed in the rush to blame climate change,” they wrote.
“In particular, restrictions on building dams are lifted, the dangerous restrictions on allowing adequate fire breaks and restrictions on land clearing, which regulations have helped to cause life and stock losses, property damage, and damage to livelihoods and much suffering.”
A later statement issued by her representation also stated that Rhinehart prefers to donate privately. News.com.au has also reported she had recently hosted a private function for 150 guests which collected funds for firefighting.