There’s a new twist to the crowded field to replace Malcolm Turnbull as the Liberal candidate for the bluer-than-blue ribbon seat of Wentworth.
Peter King, the barrister unceremoniously dumped from the electorate in 2004 to make way for Turnbull, has raised eyebrows by securing the endorsement of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, a good effort for a conservative monarchist.
In a letter sent to the party's state director Chris Stone, elders Desmond Madden, Allen Madden, Shane Houston and Jody Orcher said King did a “remarkable job” in securing the grave site for Woollarawarre Bennelong earlier this year.
(As an aside, the letter mentions Robbie and Gai Waterhouse's involvement as descendants of Arthur Phillip’s aide, Lieutenant Henry Waterhouse.)
We wonder if the Gadigal elders knew then of the material King has now circulated among Wentworth preselectors, who will vote for their preferred candidate next Thursday, including a call to “end the culture of political correctness”.
“Our children are being brainwashed at schools and universities,” King writes.
“Programs such as the ‘Safe Schools’ program is nothing more than an attempt to socially engineer our children to a state of gender confusion.”
Another key King platform is the creation of the Ministry of Loneliness. We suspect he’ll be the minister, secretary and only employee of that particular department.
Meanwhile, frontrunners Andrew Bragg and Dave Sharma are joined in the nine-strong field by Potts Point resident Carrington Brigham, Woollahra councillor Richard Shields and rheumatologist Maxine Szramka.
(As a second aside, King has a pug called Fifi, named after his wife).
KordaMentha on deck for ABC review
It’s even warmer and fuzzier than usual at the ABC amid the news managing director Michelle Guthrie has taken to sending staff thank you cards featuring a character named Larry.
So perhaps what the public broadcaster needs is dose of hardcore reality in the shape of KordaMentha, Network Ten’s corporate undertaker.
Mark Mentha’s shop, which describes itself as a firm helping clients “recover value in tough times” has been brought on to help with the ABC efficiency review which began in July.
Earlier this year it finished on the sale of Ten to American network CBS for about $123 million.
KordaMentha was signed mid-August, bringing them on to assist former Foxtel boss Peter Tonagh and former Australian Communications and Media Authority chairman Richard Bean.
The efficiency review is looking at how well the public broadcasters spend their funding, but not at allowing advertising on the ABC, charging for digital services, or privatisation.
Tonagh and KordaMentha have some history, with Foxtel owning a 14 per cent stake in Ten, while his former boss at News Corp Australia, Lachlan Murdoch, had his eyes on the broadcaster.
It is unlikely Guthrie will send a Larry card Mentha’s way any time soon.
Pure honey? That's Amore
Capilano’s Allowrie brand has been in this paper of late, but there are more questions about the corporate manoeuvrings over the company's ownership than the genetic makeup of its honey.
With private equity consortium Wattle Hill and Roc Partners angling to buy Capilano for $20.06 a share, there were raised eyebrows when cheese producer Bega made a late entry onto the company’s shareholder register on Friday.
Those eyebrows were further raised when it turned out Kidder Williams boss David Williams, through his company Amore, was the share purchaser.
Some are unhappy Williams was in the market without disclosing who the real beneficiary was. It’s still unclear what Bega is after, but it’s obvious they want a seat at the table.
Meanwhile, the company’s finance manager Dirk Kemp has been doing the rounds with investors in Sydney and Melbourne this week, while managing director Ben McKee is presumably attempting to get to the bottom of the adulterated honey crisis.
Corporate advisors BDO are expected to tell investors on Friday whether the Wattle Hill bid is fair and reasonable -- or if they should wait for something better.
Even if that were the case, would something better look like Bega? Investment analysts are already complaining the company has too much debt.
This could have some way to go.
iBoss's new iMansion
Patrick Grove once boasted he was so busy he had two lunches and two dinners a day, but he’s found the time for plans to knock down and rebuild his Darling Point mansion purchased for $28 million last year.
A new two-storey house, new pool and new garden, according to $2.4 million plans lodged with Woollahra Council last month.
Grove, pals with Domain executive Jason Pellegrino and Seven Group boss Ryan Stokes, sold his iProperty business to REA Group in 2016 for $741 million.