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Hancock Prospecting Pulls Planned Netball Australia Sponsorship

Hancock Prospecting, owned by billionaire Gina Rinehart, has withdrawn its planned sponsorship of Netball Australia, amid a reported backlash from players about indigenous issues and the mining firm’s environmental credentials.

Hancock said it would withdraw the financial support, saying it had not been aware of the “complexity of existing issues” between Netball Australia and the Players Association over wages, according to a press release Saturday.