“Mr Murdoch, unlike many other Australian billionaires, you are not known as a philanthropist. Of course, this is probably because you keep your philanthropy secret. It’s unfortunate that your views on this important subject are rarely reported,” says Dick Smith.
“Your mother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, was a great philanthropist with a most wonderful ethic of giving and doing so publicly. Many of our Aussie billionaires are following your Mother’s example and becoming more public with their giving – people like 'Twiggy' Forrest set a great example of the potential of being able to help those less well-off just as your mother did,” Dick Smith says.
“In the U.S. there seems to be a very strong ethic surrounding philanthropy and in being openly philanthropic. Mr Murdoch, why don’t you follow the U.S. tradition? How about setting up Australia’s first $1 billion philanthropic foundation in the name of your mother, Dame Elisabeth? I think this would be fantastic. So many people who are less fortunate would be able to be helped.”
Dick Smith says, “I challenge a brave Aussie journalist to ask Mr Murdoch what his views are on philanthropy during his visit to Australia this week to address the Annual Lowy Lecture & Dinner on 31 October.”
“Or why not ask Mr Murdoch to comment on the fact that, as shown on the ABC’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’ program last week, the minimum wage in the USA is $7.25 per hour – about half that of Australia – and restaurant and bar staff earn a minimum wage of $2.13 per hour in some American States. What are Mr Murdoch’s views on this?” asks Dick Smith.
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