Gina Rinehart hits back after Celeste Barber calls her out during bushfire crisis

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By :  7news

Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart has gone on the defensive, after Aussie star Celeste Barber questioned her philanthropic efforts during the bushfire crisis.

The comedian, whose fundraiser has collected more than $47 million in under a week, called out the billionaire for not doing enough.

But as donations came flooding in from around the world, Barber took to Twitter to call out Rinehart for her silence on the matter

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Twitter. Credit: Twitter

In a statement provided to 7NEWS.com.au, a spokesperson for Hancock Prospecting claims the company’s chairwoman “prefers to give privately”.

“Mrs Rinehart prefers to give privately. She added privately to the collection for firefighting raised at her home last night, at which approximately 150 guests were present,” the statement read.

No specifics of the donation have been revealed.

The statement continued, saying that Rinehart is “most concerned that the true causes of this sad devastation are tackled, rather than missed in the rush to blame climate change.”

Comedian Celeste Barber calls out Australia's billionaires on an Instagram story
Comedian Celeste Barber calls out Australia’s billionaires on an Instagram story Credit: Instagram

Celeste Barber wasn’t solely targeting the Hancock Prospecting magnate – in an Instagram story she called out Australia’s wealthiest.

In a video captioned “Get busy billionaires”, the comedian said “We need assistance, please billionaires”

Celeste Barber is currently WHO Magazine‘s cover star – with the latest issue released on Thursday – where the comedian ‘takes charge’ of Australia’s bushfire crisis.

Celeste Barber is currently WHO Magazine's cover star that was released on Thursday.
Celeste Barber is currently WHO Magazine’s cover star that was released on Thursday. Credit: Supplied

On Thursday, Gina Rinehart’s fellow West Australian mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest announced he would be donating $70 million through his philanthropic foundation.

Kylie Jenner has pledged $1m to Australian bushfire crisis relief.
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