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Downer appointed as Rinehart director

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Peter Ker and Ben Butler

Former foreign minister Alexander Downer has joined Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill Holdings as an alternate director.

Documents lodged with ASIC show that Mr Downer was appointed on November 15 as an alternate director for one of Ms Rinehart's top lieutenants, Tad Watroba.

Mr Downer could not be reached today because he is in Cyprus, but the appointment adds to his corporate duties which includes sitting on an Australian advisory board for Chinese communications group Huawei.

The documents show that Ms Rinehart's daughter Ginia was appointed a day earlier on November 14 as an alternate director for Ian Plimer - the geologist who rose to prominence as a leading local voice against climate change.

Roy Hill is the company through which Ms Rinehart is seeking to build a massive iron ore mine in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

Ms Rinehart's primary company, Hancock Prospecting, is a significant shareholder in Fairfax Media, publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. 

 

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