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Australia’s original climate body to shut after running out of funding

Adam Morton reports in the Brisbane Times (8.3.17) on news that the Climate Institute, in operation sinces 2005, will close later this year due to a loss of funding.

‘Australia’s original climate change-focused think-tank and lobby group will shut after it failed to replace the multi-million-dollar bequest it relied on.

‘The Climate Institute, known for its research and leading role in public debate since being set up in 2005, will close in June.

‘It comes 18 months after the institute called for public donations to offset the lapsing of the foundational support set up by Rupert Murdoch’s niece, Eve Kantor, and her husband, farmer Mark Wootton.

‘Mr Wootton, also the institute’s chairman, said he was proud that the institute had built understanding of a complex issue during a tumultuous time in Australian public life.

‘He said he was particularly gratified to have seen the shift in the business and finance communities, where many who were opposed to the institute’s goals had in recent years become allies.’

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