The Andrews Labor government pumped $27.5 million into the long-failing, high-end wheel maker to help it limp across the line to an ASX listing last year. The float was a bonanza for it and a handful of other “existing investors” including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. But the stock exchange was so concerned about the vast gains being made that it placed a freeze over all 5.4 million shares the state government ended up with after the float, writes Anthony Klan in Part II of his investigation into Carbon Revolution. Read Part I here.
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