Gina Rinehart can’t keep her secrets. We’re one step closer to learning the details of Gina Rinehart’s family courtroom drama after the NSW Supreme Court this morning dismissed her bid to suppress details of the case. Rinehart’s lawyers had argued the case be suppressed on the grounds that the details could jeopardise the family’s safety.
But Justice Michael Ball would have none of it, despite last minute evidence claiming a security adviser had been approached in Dubai by a man claiming Rinehart was “in danger”. Her next course of action is now up to the High Court to decide on Friday.
BobKat takes it out on the trees. Bob Katter’s abbreviated party name “The Australian Party” was only approved by the Queensland Electoral Commission in January, but now the maverick independent wants the party’s full name “Katter’s Australian Party (Qld Division)” printed on Queensland election ballots.
Problem is, the ballot papers are already being printed. Supreme Court judge Roslyn Atkinson said she “struggled to see” the argument put forward by Katter’s lawyers yesterday to amend the forms. Indeed, as Atkinson said, it all sounds rather “bizarre”. The hearing continues tomorrow.
Star recruiter becomes gardening leave supremo. He was once the self-described “director of cool shit and chaos” at HRX Holdings, the recruitment firm he co-founded, but now Brent Pearson looks set to be the ultimate director of gardening leave.
A Federal Court judge has ruled that Pearson will not be able to start with his new employer Talent2 until November 2013, 21 months after he was hired as the firm’s new global head of development.
Wood’s Greenpeace bonanza. We’re yet to reveal where Wotif founder Graeme Wood has placed on our Rich Crusaders power list, but following revelations today that Wood’s foundation has been named in a strategy document outlining a new Greenpeace-led campaign to disrupt and delay key coal mine infrastructure projects, we’re feeling pretty confident about where we’ve positioned him.
Check back with The Power Index to read Wood’s full profile.
Why so few women on The Power Index? Yesterday, we offered an explanation for why only 16 women have appeared in the 13 power lists we’ve published on The Power Index so far.
The piece stirred plenty of reader comments, including a rather thought-provoking one from writer Eva Cox on why women still need a revolution to widen the definition of power: “Our roles in traditionally feminised areas of ‘power’ are grossly undervalued and women who ‘succeed’ in male dominated areas do so by not threatening the status quo or doing too well.
“If they look like being seriously powerful, most are undermined, often by other women as well as by men.” Read the full comment and have your say.