Number's up for Twitter followers
Jamie McIntyre says he has started his own political party to "keep both Labor and Liberal parties honest".
But sources suggest he may have a fake Twitter following, with less than 3 per cent of his claimed 1 million Twitter followers actually being human.
An analysis of McIntyre's private Twitter account suggests that the political aspirant, who is running against Barnaby Joyce for the seat of New England at the federal election, may have even been purchasing followers for the past year.
The controversial McIntyre, a self-described financial educator from the Gold Coast who has had run-ins with ASIC, recently organised for Hollywood star and ex-US politician Arnold Schwarzenegger to visit Australia on a motivational speaking tour.
Twitter followers can be bought for as little as $3 per 1000, but the numbers quickly drop off unless regular payments are made. The "followers" tend to be fake accounts, managed by individuals and companies hoping to profit by selling popularity on the social media platform.
Far from the claimed peak of 1 million followers, McIntyre's real following is more likely to be 22,400, according to data obtained by CBD.
That means that less than 3 per cent of the million he once boasted are actual people.
McIntyre is the leader and founder of the 21st Century Australia Party, which has been approved by the Australian Electoral Commission and is now listed under notices of "current party registration applications inviting objection".
When quizzed by CBD, McIntyre denied any knowledge of purchasing followers on Twitter.
"I wouldn't even know how to buy Twitter followers," he said. "I am not a social media guru. I don't know how to buy Twitter followers or get a social media following."
We're not worthy
There's a certain olde worlde charm to King Island Scheelite, the ASX-listed junior that's seeking to reignite the tungsten mining industry in Bass Strait.
But business is a dog-eat-dog world, and it is possible to be too charming at times. KIS might have crossed that line on Monday when it announced its chief executive, Simon Bird, would be encouraged to spread his wings in a new environment. "In taking the difficult decision with respect to Mr Bird, the chairman noted that the company's current structure does not support a senior chief executive officer of Simon's calibre," the company said in a statement to the ASX.
While the old "it's not you, it's me" line works well in private between two consenting adults, we're not sure it's the best message to send to the corporate world, or the list of possible replacements for Mr Bird who won't be enthused by the new policy of "high-calibre applicants need not apply".
Soccer misses cut
Lion Nathan - one of the biggest suppliers of beer, wine and dairy products to the nation's supermarket duopoly - last year hit upon Stuart Irvine as a choice for its new Australian boss.
Who else than someone who has spent the past few years in Moscow negotiating Russia's Byzantine business landscape on behalf of Swiss chocolates-to-biscuits giant Nestle? He was said to have even picked up a few supply-chain tactics from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Throw in Irvine's Scottish heritage and suddenly annual price talks with buyers Woolies and Coles could be an event that you could sell tickets to. On Tuesday, Irvine was out among staff in the Melbourne branch of Lion's empire. But when it comes to sport, it seems he doesn't intend to stray too far from Sydney's CBD. New to Australia, Irvine is still finding his way when it comes to codes, but he plans to keep an eye on the Waratahs, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Swans. No mention of Sydney United FC.
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