Magazine’s top editor heads south to change trees


The good bourgeois of South Yarra in Malvern East expelled five councilors. The new faces are liberal Alexandre lew, independent Kate hely and Nicki batagol and greens Mike Scott and Polly morgan.

Hely, a marketing strategist, is the right advice for the mayor. “She ran the game library so that everyone liked it,” one taxpayer told us.

Liberal Councilor Lew has announced that he will vote for Independent Hely as mayor and Independent Griffin as MP. The gang of three can’t be too happy. Watch this place.

Unknown unknown

That was the big unknown stemming from the government’s announcement last week into the investigation into the alleged war crimes conduct of our special operations forces in Afghanistan. Who will lead the new Office of the Special Investigator tasked with dealing with potential criminal issues raised by the investigation? The office will also investigate the allegations, gather evidence and submit briefs to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

All the government said was that the special investigator would either be a “senior lawyer or a retired judge with extensive experience in criminal law.” One thing is certain, they will be appointed as soon as possible.

Now legal rumors say the special investigator may well turn out to be Lloyd babb, 54, Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales for the past decade.

In July, his DPP contract ends.

A firm without comment from the federal government.

Babb is pretty determined, once telling a congregation at his old school that he wanted to be a criminal lawyer “since I was in the mock trial for Asquith Boys High in grade 10 in 1982”.

But he is not without humor. Last year Babb presented his policy at the PLR’s annual conference. And the rap he did, pulling on a baseball cap to the side and speaking his skill to the beat of White lines by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

Home Secretary Peter Dutton, in whose portfolio the Special Investigator will be housed, said the Office of the Special Investigator will exist as long as necessary to carry out its mandate. Which could take some time, as the task of setting up criminal prosecutions is likely to be immense.

Blue skies

Former Blue Sky chief investment officer Elaine Stead will go to court on December 1 for the next hearing of her defamation complaint against Financial analysis columnist Joe Aston. The chief investment officer took action against Aston last December, in articles she falsely claims to pass off as’ moron stupid ‘,’ reckless’ and as someone who ‘deliberately destroys corporate capital trading ”causing“ enormous losses to unitholders ”. ‘. The columns mainly concerned Stead’s role as chief investment officer at ASX-listed Blue Sky Alternative Investments, which collapsed in May 2019, costing shareholders and investors more than $ 1 billion. . As the court date draws near, the gossip on Phillips Street says prominent Sydney venture capitalist Mark Carnegie is his white knight funding his legal challenge. Not true. Carnegie isn’t funding the action – he doesn’t like libel, apparently – but he gave Stead a payroll job at his investment house MH Carnegie & Co. Do what exactly remains unclear. But that should change in a month or two as the team at the company sees Stead as the top talent in healthcare and biotech investments. Carnegie did not return requests for comment on the nature of the arrangement.

But that’s not the only new gig on Stead’s dance card. In October, she landed a position on the board of directors of the start-up center supported by Cicada Innovations University. The Sydney-based top investor is led by former Google Australia executive Sally-Anne Williams and former Archer Capital boss Andrew Rothery and angel investor Topaz Conway. And then there are roles in his own start-up Human VC, and roles with Amazon Web Services and StartupAus.

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