Pauline Hanson hails traditional media rival controlled by media mogul Kerry Stokes


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Pauline Hanson attacks ‘sensationalism’

Watch the One Nation senator elect take a swipe at the way the media has treated her since Saturday’s election.



CBD has to admit, we have been selling digital media paparazzi app Newzulu short.

Don’t worry about its financial troubles, the penny-dreadful share price, or the fact that its founder – digital wunderkind Alex Hartman is now walking away from the business.

Newzulu has finally received the celebrity endorsement it needs to really take off – thank you Pauline Hanson.

Illustration: John Shakespeare

Illustration: John Shakespeare

One Nation’s comeback kid hailed Newzulu as the tool needed to defeat her foes in traditional media who use her as a “punching bag by encouraging news stories from so-called “citizen journalists”.

“Unless you see me live on TV or hear me live on radio, don’t believe a thing you read in the newspapers,” she said.

“And if the media can’t be truthful and give me a fair go, well look there’s another app here, it’s called Newzulu. Might be the way to go, then we won’t need the media at all. You guys will be out of a job.”

One Nation's comeback kid Pauline Hanson.

One Nation’s comeback kid Pauline Hanson. Photo: AAP

The only person out of a job so far is Paris-based Hartman – brother of convicted insider trader John Hartman.

And who is one of the key backers who helped tip millions of dollars into the coffers and keep Newzulu afloat? Does Hanson know of a bloke named Kerry Stokes?

He is Newzulu’s largest shareholder via Seven West Media, which owns a traditional little broadcaster known as the Seven Network, and a traditional little newspaper out west called The West Australian.

The Oswals' unfinished property in Perth's exclusive Peppermint Grove.

The Oswals’ unfinished property in Perth’s exclusive Peppermint Grove. Photo: Jonathan Barrett

Not that the news should worry Hanson. She was reportedly paid to appear on Seven’s Sunrise program with David Koch and Sam Armytage – giving her publicity that money cannot buy.

Swan dive

Perth is a step closer to losing one of its most unwelcome icons after the Peppermint Grove Council announced a tender this week to demolish the derelict mansion owned by controversial Indian businessman Pankaj Oswal, dubbed Taj Mahal-on the-Swan.

Pankaj and Radhika Oswal in happier times.

Pankaj and Radhika Oswal in happier times.

The council’s cause received a boost last week when a Federal Court decision struck out mortgages on the “two very valuable residential properties” owned by Oswal and his wife Radhika.

The court found that Radhika attempted to defraud her creditors by giving a Dubai company, controlled by her brother Raghau Gupta, mortgages over the properties worth $US45 million ($60.7 million).

“Mrs Oswal’s intent when granting the mortgage was to defraud her creditors,” said Judge John Gilmour of the transaction with Mercury Services. The company was based in the same Dubai building that the Oswals called home.

“Mrs Oswal received no valuable consideration in return for granting the mortgage,” said the judgment.

The Oswals are expected to appeal the decision.

At the time the mortgage was granted, ANZ had appointed receivers to the company underpinning the Oswals’ claims to a billion-dollar fortune, Burrup Fertilisers, and it was pursuing the couple for $US529 million in personal guarantees.

The couple travelled to Dubai in December 2010, prior to the mortgage being executed, and returned to Australia last month for a multibillion-dollar court battle against ANZ, alleging the bank forced the sale of Burrup for far less than they say it was worth.

The big winners from the recent court decision on the mortgage will be the Australian Taxation Office – which is pursuing Radhika in the Federal Court for a tax bill that has been reduced from $186,321,790.11 to about $50 million – as well as the Peppermint Grove Council.

The council’s chief executive, John Merrick, told CBD the couple’s unpaid council rates will total $123,000 as of next week.

The Oswals had agreed to demolish their abandoned mansion, in the heart of one of Australia’s most expensive suburbs, by September 30. But none of the preparatory work has been undertaken, and the council is calling for tenders to demolish the building and clear the site for sale later this year.

“They were to do some preparatory work prior to December 15,” said Merrick. “Nothing has happened.”

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