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Mining magnate Gina Rinehart pulls $15 million netball sponsorship amid 'virtue signalling' accusations - 22nd October 2022

Elite netball in Australia is once again on the brink of collapse after mining magnate Gina Rinehart announced she was pulling her proposed $15 million sponsorship of the organisation and its elite squad, the Diamonds.

In a statement released early on Saturday afternoon, the company took a swipe at Netball Australia, saying it didn't want to add to their "disunity problems", and announced they would withdraw the proposal "effective immediately".

They will, however, still offer a four-month sponsorship while the organisation finds a replacement.

"Hancock and Roy Hill do not wish to add to Netball's disunity problems, and accordingly Hancock has advised Netball Australia (the governing body of netball in Australia) that it has withdrawn from its proposed partnership effective immediately," the statement read.

Further down the statement, the company also took a swipe at environmentalists it claims "neglect" the truth.

"Mining is critical to securing the minerals essential for everyday life," it read.

"An often conveniently neglected truth when activists talk emotively about mining is that most, if not all, of the primary products required for the equipment, production, distribution and delivery of renewable energy depend on resources that need to be mined."

The ?Diamonds players released a joint statement in which the cohort expressed its disappointment over the withdrawal.

"We are disappointed to learn that Hancock Prospecting has withdrawn their sponsorship offer," the statement read, in part.

"As Netball Australia has emphasised, these funds go towards the Diamonds high performance and underpinning programs, something that is of critical importance to us."

The players also denied reports of a protest and a split within the cohort.

"The singular issue of concern to the players was one of support for our only indigenous team member," the statement read.

"We are fully committed to the Diamonds' Sisters in Arms legacy and the values this represents, alongside Australian Netball's Declaration of Commitment." ?

Netball Australia chair Wendy Archer said the decision was a disappointing outcome for the sport.

"This has been a challenging period for all involved and while every effort has been made from all parties to resolve the issues surrounding the sensitivities of the partnership, unfortunately we have not been able to achieve a mutually satisfactory outcome," she said.

Archer said the organisation would "reassess its funding options" ?before making a decision on the four-month sponsorship offer.

In a separate statement released at the same time, Hancock took a broader swipe at sports stars speaking up about their own concerns regarding sustainability of sponsors.?

"It is unnecessary for sports organisations to be used as the vehicle for social or political causes," the other statement read.

"Sport is at its best when it is focused on good and fair competition, with dedicated athletes striving for excellence to achieve their sporting dreams and to represent our country at their very best.

"There are more targeted and genuine ways to progress social or political causes without virtue signaling or for self-publicity."

In a team meeting earlier this month, Indigenous shooter Donnell Wallam - who is set to make her Diamonds debut against England at the end of the month - spoke about her desire to not wear the Hancock logo, ?given its founder Lang Hancock's - Rinehart's father - 1984 proposal that some Indigenous people be sterilised to "breed themselves out".

Her teammates reportedly stood with her, declaring they would not let her look any different from them on her debut in the green and gold dress.

The Diamonds have played by the motto 'sisters in arms' for the past decade.

The Diamonds have not worn the Hancock logo during the ongoing Constellation ?Cup against New Zealand.

In the statement, Hancock said it "would only ever want athletes to wear the Hancock logo if the athletes were proud to do so", but then denied reports the players had refused to wear the logo.

Cricket Australia this week announced it would end its partnership with Alinta Energy at the end of the contract period next June, amid claims chief executive Nick Hockley had been pressured to do so by skipper Pat Cummins.

In their own statement, Cricket Australia denied those claims.

In a media conference on Tuesday morning announcing his appointment as Australia's new one-day international captain, Cummins backed down from those comments suggesting the story was "a stretch".

Hancock continues to sponsor the Australian swim team and Rowing Australia.

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Netball Australia. Well documented slogan... "Go Woke, Go Broke". In this case it may be a prophecy. Any diamonds in the rough yet? Diamonds are rolling around and scattered. This is the most publicity Australian Netball has ever received in Australia down under ever, to the best of my knowledge, so that says it all! Any publicity is good publicity (but the exception proves the rule)! I know plenty of other sports teams and other worthy causes that could do with a cash injection and/or sponsorship Gina and Hancock Prospecting. It's the business of sport and professional sport, so the powers that be and team should treat it professionally. I'm a tree hugger at heart - aren't we all, and I get a bit torn on the mining sector at times, but it's a business that helps keep Australia strong. An old sports broadcasting legend, Mean Gene Okerlund of WWF (WWE) fame said back in 1984 while ringside at Madison Square Garden, New York, during an 'Iron Sheik' (Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri) match, "Politics and sports, athletics, do not mix"! Still holds true to a large degree. Readers can decide who did the fowl. GR already did!



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LinkedIn News Australia: If video killed the radio star then has the internet terminated the TV host?

If video killed the radio star then has the internet terminated the TV host?

The availability of information online has pulled eyeballs away from the most coveted spots on Australia’s free-to-air channels.

According to data from OzTam, the breakfast TV slot has seen huge drops in audience numbers, with average weekday metro numbers at Seven Network's Sunrise down by 28%.

Interestingly, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’s News Breakfast has seen a steady rise of viewers during the last decade.

Across the board TV viewership has massively dropped. Seven’s average all-day audience is down by 24% while Nine’s fell by 28%. Network 10's all-day viewership sunk 38% in the past decade, while the ABC shed 22% of its daily average metro audience since 2011.

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LinkedIn News has become the online go-to for me in news coverage, along with LinkedIn News Australia. Many moons ago I worked directly in the Australian subscriber television business for Optus Vision for years, specializing in PPV, sports, bundling, ethnic channels and retention. I stopped watching terrestrial television and nightly news years ago. Can't be too many Aussie's watching anymore. I bet a good percentage have ended up on LinkedIn News, as I have. YouTube has a good offering of channels and balance of viewpoints also, without bombarding the consumer with advertising. LinkedIn News wins our Media Man "News Aggregator Of The Month' award again! Google News is runner-up. And Elon Musk and Twitter remain one of the biggest news media stories in Australia and globally. Netball Australia is the biggest sports related news story by all accounts, and because they lost a $15 million dollar sponsorship deal from Hancock Prospecting. It's cliché, but "Go Woke, Go Broke". Almost as popular as the motorsport and politically inspired "Let's Go"! Thanks to research from LI's John C. Abell and associates. Tune back in again tomorrow if you like. The 24/7/365 news cycle continues!



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