Communications sure aren't getting any clearer out of mining giant Rio Tinto. In what is fast becoming a cautionary case study for public relations academies everywhere, the maestro spinners of St James's Square told our venerated mining columnist Matthew Stevens two Fridays back (September 15) that rumours of their finance director Chris Lynch's decision to retire were "bollocks". Oh, dear.
We couldn't live without Victorian MP Tim Smith, honest. The Liberal member for Kew, whose personification of Derek Zoolander is downright spooky, has given us so much copy since his 2014 election: from his YouTube flagellation of Australian Republicans on Australia DAY, sitting before a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, and his rhetorical profundities to Andrew Bolt ("all of a sudden in Victoria, truth can be debated!
Giving Tim "Zoolander" Smith a cracking run for his money at truism bingo is Myer's chairman designate Garry Hounsell, anointed on Tuesday by the seat's current (and stubborn) occupant Paul McClintock. "I am a strong believer in fighting for what you believe in," Hounsell told our sibling Chanticleer last week, presumably fresh from a Journey concert. I mean honestly, what has become of the English language? And given Richard Umbers' affection for gobbledygook, Myer looks bound for Peak Gibberish.
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