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Australian Businesswoman Shows How to Take on the Woke Mob

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2022
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AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

While we often remark on the great courage of those individuals, known and unknown, who sacrificed so much to defend God-given rights and truths in the fight against communism, we should also commend those who show courage today in facing down far less brutal but similarly insidious left-wing ideologies that permeate Western society. One example of an individual who exhibited such courage is Gina Rinehart, an Australian mining magnate whom the left attempted to crucify her over supposed “climate denial” and even the comments of her late father, Lang Hancock, founder of Hancock Prospecting.

Rinehart, the richest woman in Australia, has long been a prolific supporter of Australian sports, sponsoring a number of Aussie teams. One of those was the Australian Women’s netball club, a sport similar to basketball played in many former British colonies. Ms. Rinehart generously supported the team with 15 million Australian dollars (about $9 million) over four years, in effect keeping the organization afloat.

Then, earlier this fall, one of the junior players, Donnell Wallam, began speaking out about an interview given by Rinehart’s father nearly 40 years prior in 1984. Hancock made a number of racist remarks about indigenous people during a TV appearance, saying that he’d “dope the water up so they were sterile and breed themselves out.”

The comments were undoubtedly wrong, but the other players on the team joined Wallam in demanding that Rinehart apologize for statements made by her deceased father, not her. Players also then lashed out about the supposed environmental impact of Rinehart’s mining operations, claiming that her company was contributing to “climate change” and destroying First Nations lands.

When Rinehart refused to apologize, deeming their demands “virtue signaling,” the players reacted by wearing old jerseys without the Hancock Prospecting logo. Rinehart quickly pulled her sponsorship, refusing to be bullied into compliance by the mob. In a statement, Rinehart said it was “unnecessary for sports organizations to be used as a vehicle for social or political causes” and that “there are more targeted and genuine ways to progress social or political causes without virtue signaling or for self-publicity.”

The team eventually realized the financial conundrum they had placed themselves in and tried to reverse course, promising to wear the sponsored logo, but it was too late. Rinehart would not be intimidated into begging forgiveness for alleged wrongdoing she did not commit.

Of course, the media establishment and liberals around the world applauded the players, building them up as pillars of “social justice.” But the woke brigade failed to mention that Rinehart’s companies employ far more First Nations people than does the Australian netball association. Moreover, Rinehart’s enterprise has given economic opportunity to a large number of indigenous peoples, and has a history of working well with native communities under her leadership.

This incident was also not the first time Rinehart had faced down the left-wing mob. More than a decade ago, as climate change madness continued to spread around the world, Rinehart arranged lectures with specialists on the subject like Professor Ian Pilmer of the University of Melbourne and Lord Christopher Walter Monckton, a former policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher. The events she organized blasted Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, pointing out the scientific inaccuracies and shortcomings. In some cases, sixty percent of people who attended the conferences and had previously believed in man-made global warming came away with a different opinion.

Rinehart has also fiercely defended the free market, calling out false political claims about “free” welfare programs and reminding taxpayers that such thinking ruined once-prosperous economies in places like Argentina and Sri Lanka. A strong Trump supporter, Rinehart has advocated an “Australia First” approach to government.

While the Australian netball team eventually found another sponsor, the process exposed what a sham the players’ protests were. The eventual replacement for Hancock Prospecting was Fortescue Metals – another mining company. And unlike Hancock Prospecting under Rinehart’s leadership, Fortescue has been in legal hot water in recent years for not respecting native lands. Moreover, Sir John Forrest, the top man at Fortescue, also has a relative with a history of racist remarks about First Nations peoples. But because Fortescue is willing to say the “right” things to appease the woke mob, even if words are not followed up by action, the protests have suddenly gone silent.

Rinehart’s example shows that it is ultimately civic courage that will defeat wokeism, just as it was courage that defeated communism.

In the United States, such civic courage has also been seen in the form of parents reading sexually explicit books found in school libraries out loud at school board meetings to expose their moral repugnancy. It has also taken the form of individual citizens refusing to do business with woke companies and conservative politicians removing state funds from banks who traffic in so-called “ESG” investing.

The radical left is all about action that shocks and terrifies, from throwing paint on a priceless work of art to running into the middle of a busy highway. Leftism teaches its adherents, especially the young and impressionable generations, to act without thinking and base every decision on the tenets of wokeism, blocking youth from historical and scientific truth.

Americans must recognize radical leftism as a threat to democratic principles like free speech, free exercise of religion, and other fundamental rights. To defeat it, they must turn words into action, directing their energy and their resources to rooting out this societal cancer and restoring the shining city on a hill that functions as a source of hope and inspiration for so many around the world.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.

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Susan
Susan
1 year ago

Excellent article ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

James H
James H
1 year ago

Amen!!

Lee Harris
Lee Harris
1 year ago

Let us all stand up for what is right and combat wokeism with courage. This is an eye-opening article which I support completely.

greenacres78
greenacres78
1 year ago

Yes. Excellent article.

Phyllis
Phyllis
1 year ago

Very good article. Yes we must stand up for what is right. The power of the purse is a very strong way to protest this craziness! I control where I spend my money. I may spend a little more but I support small businesses and made in America. Disney found that out!

Patriate Henry
Patriate Henry
1 year ago

Wonderful strength. OK Americans let’s follow suit right here at home. We are America ????????……

Patriate Henry
Patriate Henry
1 year ago

Yes we must be willing to spend a little more.. we must stand NOW and forever Freedom is not free. Never has been, never will be…..

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

There is no place in sports or any other entertainment brought in front of the public where you’re forced to watch their views. Let them do it on their time and their dime!! I watch sports and other entertainment to escape the chaos of the day and bias views that I don’t agree with, especially disrespect of our nation’s symbol and the freedoms this country has on the backs of sweat, blood and tears of our veterans or others who have sacrificed to keep this once great nation free!! If this nation is so bad and equality does not exist in this nation, go find your utopia some place else and leave me alone!!

Tracy
Tracy
1 year ago

Great article

Gary
Gary
1 year ago

God bless this courageous lady. We need more courageous corporate leaders who won’t bow to the outrageous beliefs and demands of the noisy, disruptive small percentage of society.

David Torkelson
David Torkelson
1 year ago

Yes Sir —– RIGHT ON!!!AN UNCOMMON DISPLAY OF INTELLIGENCE .

Max
Max
1 year ago

Kudos for Ms. Rinehart standing up for herself and her company. Amazing again what the leftwing media won’t talk or write about. Now if only this attitude stand would come over to this country and the populace wake up.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

One word describes WOKE: LOSER.

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

Excellent Article!!!!!!! It takes courage to escape from socialism=wokeism=communism

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

Excellent article.
Another WOKE move by Flip-Flop Kerry is he wants AMERICANS to PAY REPARATIONS to other countries.
Yes. You read that right.
That means HIGHER TAXES AND LESS INCOME AND THE MORE YOU BECOME SLAVES TO COMMUNISM.
This is what happens when you put COMMUNIST in White House.
YOU BECOME LAST WITH NO FREEDOM OR INCOME.
That’s WOKE for you.

Judy
Judy
1 year ago

Whatever happened to flyers that could circulate stories quickly where many people gather? They sure worked during the wars! These heroes should be publicized by us since the media refuses to do it. Just a thought from an older reader who doesn’t want to give up our freedoms.

Loz
Loz
1 year ago

Wow, you haven’t got a single fact correct in this article. Typical American journalism spin the story so it fits your agenda regardless of facts ????

Michael J
Michael J
1 year ago

Not standing up to bullies and mobs is what got us into the woke bs script.

Tory
Tory
1 year ago

Wokism is killing America. Our “coexist “tolerance “ has given more rights to loons than the God fearing Family. Since when is everyone talking multiple genders and it’s fluidity? This is not a hair fashion. It’s millions in medical, pharma, psychiatry, unfortunately being tossed as cool, fun, join the fun club by our own administration of unique talents.
Now, MATTEL takes an innocent toy: “American Girl” and the NEW girl introduces her unique gender.
Some of the groomers in schools, we see are teachers with sex toys. It used to be time in prison. Thanks to Australia ladies for just saying “no! Back off! “ we love our traditional families.
Woke is killing productivity in private and defense sectors.
Until we say no…. We continue with with ruination of our legacy.. our children.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

We should model aside the Fl election model

Darrel
Darrel
1 year ago

Rhinehart! Srick to your guns. Never buckle to the human feces of this world. There is no use for anyone woke in this world. Hopefully, they all actually wake up to their perpetuation of evil or they die!!

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

We need more people like Rhinehart here in America! Stop being so wishy-washy and stand up for what America (used to stand for).

granky
granky
1 year ago

How can she be responsible for something someone else said 40 years ago, Makes as much sense as reparations…..woke idiots.

Granny
Granny
1 year ago

OH MERCY! GOD BLESS THIS STRONG BUSINESS WOMAN! America needs to take her stand as an example that the tail should NOT be wagging the dog in business! Wait staff refusing to serve a group who they didn’t agree with – should have been fired IMMEDIATELY. Work or leave! The money from these people is the same! Students in colleges demanding NO FREE SPEECH if it doesn’t identify with theirs, media who hates, all should be fired, removed, shamed, as they continue to try to destroy the greatest land in the world. Good for this woman!!!!!

Dennis M Struk
Dennis M Struk
1 year ago

UP AUSTRALIA!!! HURRAH!!!

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
1 year ago

A major issue with liberal minded folk is they often think with their emotions rather than their brains. How we “feel” about a thing is not always how we should act on it. I “feel” it is wrong to cage up humans, but it needs to be done.

David H Petersen
David H Petersen
1 year ago

Actions speak louder than words.
We need more people like Gina with a backbone.
The woke team changed their tune when the money dried up, like most grifters.

heil biden
heil biden
1 year ago

HOO RAH!

Howard
Howard
1 year ago

Ben always comes through with the most interesting and informative articles! This is certainly no exception. Great lady, this Ms. Rinehart!

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