Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Dick Smith's flirtation with politics continues

"Dick Smith eyes bid to unseat Bronwyn Bishop" the Fairfax websites tell us this afternoon. And this time it is not reclaiming Vegemite that is top of the Smith agenda but anger at the "staggering increase" in red tape in non-airline aviation under Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss. Ms Bishop, apparently, would be but collateral damage.
Mr Smith has been approached by senior figures in the aviation industry urging him to stand against Mrs Bishop, one of his childhood friends, Fairfax Media can reveal.
According to Mr Smith, the group paid for polling of voters in Mackellar, which found the entrepreneur and former Australian of the year would win the seat if he stood as an independent. ...
"I have been asked to stand and I am thinking about it. I would only do it as an independent," he said.
"The first person I would ring if I do decide to stand is Bronwyn, I still consider her a friend."
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