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The author doesn’t actually disagree with the first bold-faced statement. If you read the second sentence it says “a more notable finding.”
Thus the author agrees with the first statement (“…acknowledge as true..
.”), but believes that there is an even more interesting/titillating phenomenon: that the recently appointed judges have strong ties to certain industries, i.e. energy and mining.
He backs up this assertion in the second bold-faced sentence: those judges with industry ties were far more likely to be appointed to courts in which their respective industries had special interests (smell like corruption to me!).
This last part back ups the argument’s conclusion that a notable finding amongst the current crop of judges is their industry ties. And thus, corresponds to “…evidence in support of the author’s conclusion.
This is the exact wording from (C), which I've reproduced below:
C) The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion.
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