“Also keen to discuss this. You should be aware also that [Editorial Policies] is having a look at this issue,” Stephen Long, an investigative reporter, added.
Meanwhile, ABC PM presenter Linda Mottram was a late entrant to the conversation, writing: “We must report established science, the evidence, and not myth.”
It was close to standing room only at Melbourne’s Town Hall on Saturday night, as lord mayor Sally Capp and her deputy, Arron Wood, welcomed almost 500 guests for the annual Melbourne Awards, and the announcement of Melburnian of the Year.
Former premier Ted Baillieu, former Western Bulldogs vice-president Susan Alberti, and Australian Sports Commission chairman John Wylie were in the crowd to see anti-tobacco campaigner and oncologist Bronwyn King named Melburnian of the Year.
Other prominent faces included Magellan director Paul Lewis, as well as former deputy lord mayor Susan Riley, who sat on the same table as fellow councillor and former ALP state secretary Nicholas Reece.
Victorian Trades Hall secretary Luke Hilakari was also spotted at Reece’s table, along with an improbable line-up including Lendlease head of markets Roger Teale, Liberal upper house veteran Bruce Atkinson, Race Commissioner Chin Tan, and Big Issue chief executive Steve Persson.
Across the room, outgoing VECCI boss Mark Stone made his presence felt as he pressed the flesh with Hilakari, to board member Brian Negus and the lord mayor herself.
But Stone’s biggest embrace was reserved for his successor, Paul Guerra, who will wrap up his role as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s chief executive at the end of the month, and take over Stone’s position at VECCI in the new year.
It’s no secret Stone, who was the long-time Parks Victoria chief executive before taking the VECCI role, isn’t up for retirement. Some enthusiastic VECCI sources even linked his name earlier this year as a potential successor to Guerra at the RASV, in what would have been one of the city’s most surprising corporate switcheroos.
But Guerra will be replaced at the RASV on December 1 by former chief commercial officer Brad Jenkins. Meanwhile, Stone has told associates he will switch to consulting.
The wheel still turns.
WOODSTOCK FOR WALKOUTS
It wouldn’t be an ALP state conference without a walkout or an unedifying state-based brawl drawing in the party’s federal powerbrokers for mediation.
This year’s Victorian state conference held at Moonee Valley Racecourse over