Dick Smith wins Media Man 'Social and Community Entrepreneur Of The Month' award; Runner up Richard Branson (Virgin Group and Virgin Unite), followed by Todd Tai (Australian Geographic)

Dick Smith wins Media Man 'Social and Community Entrepreneur Of The Month' award; Runner up Richard Branson (Virgin Group and Virgin Unite), followed by Todd Tai (Australian Geographic) - October 2018


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by Greg Tingle

Congratulations to our winner, well respected and passionate Dick Smith, who has been campaigning about looking after Australian interests for decades. Well done to our runner up, the charismatic, daring and not publicity shy - Richard Branson (Virgin Group and Virgin Unite), and in 3rd place, the humble and extremely savvy Todd Tai, known for his close association with Australian Geographic for many years, as well as fundraising, eco tourism adventures, and love of the environment. Mr. Tai has never before been officially nominated for Media Man awards, and his inclusion is well overdue. We're sure we will be hearing a lot more about Todd in the near future. We understand that there may be a friendly (or not) rivalry between Mr. Smith and Mr. Branson spanning decades. We're not sure if both gents have ever actually met. Perhaps both being nominated for the award in the same month may somehow bring them closer together for the greater good and alleviate any tension between them, if it existed (you know you can not totally trust newspaper reports). Congratulations to all for helping make the community and planet a better place.

Dick Smith exposes foreign booking sites for extorting millions from Aust

Dick Smith exposes foreign booking sites for extorting millions from Australian small businesses in the middle of a drought

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Sir Richard Branson (right) and his son Sam Branson during the climb of Mont Blanc. Virgin Strive Challenge (Picture: PA)


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Todd Tai with Spirit of Adventure awardee, Andrew Hughes.

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by Dick Smith

I have never been so angry!!

Please watch my video, where I expose foreign-owned multinationals for extorting millions of dollars from small, family businesses in Australian country towns in the middle of a drought.

In the video, I compare this “extortion” to the protection money paid by Kings Cross hotel owners to crime gangs in the 1950s.

This is not voluntary. Our small country family businesses are forced to sign up to these foreign booking websites, otherwise they will lose up to 50% of their business and be forced into bankruptcy.


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Greg Tingle

Thanks Dick. Peter H tipped me on this particular video. I see we know quite a few of the same folks. I watched all of the video, and I knew alot of this already. I've been telling various people in the Australian government these concerns for years, but they haven't acted - at least not in a way that is clearly evident. We read stories about this in the newspapers sometimes, but it keeps happening. The same thing re money being sent out of Australia, is happening in other industries also, but its not as obvious and blatant. I've also discussed this with dozens and dozens of people I know in business, especially in Sydney's eastern suburbs. It's good to have our eyes open and be aware. It's time to take action..with wallets. Well done on your initiative. As you may know I'm a media and sports agent, with a background in journalism. Great to have met and chatted those years back at Balmain. Keep me in mind if there's a chance to do some business sometime. Keep up the good fight. Greg Tingle, Media Man Int and Media Man Australia

Welcome to Dick Smith Fair Go

At the suggestion of a friend of mine, I have decided to show leadership and attempt a change for the better. That’s why I’ve started the Dick Smith Fair Go Group, to try and influence one or both of the major political parties to come up with policies that reflect the interests of the 99%
“What do we do about unsustainable perpetual growth, increasing inequality, and declining job opportunities due to robots and automation?

The demographers tell us that in rich nations such as Australia, the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents while levels of unhappiness and mental illness will be rising.
Most of us feel something is wrong but we don’t know what to do about it.

Surely our grand-kids should have as good a life as we have had? That is a fundamental belief of our group. The prime aim will be to find ways to stabilise our population and to share the wealth better.” Dick Smith

Rather than start a new political party (a very difficult and slow undertaking), I have decided it would be more realistic and effective to influence the existing parties where they feel it most – at the ballot box.

Of course it won’t be easy. The only way the major parties can be elected at the present time is by spending a staggering amount on election advertising, and this comes primarily from wealthy donors who have a vested interest in growth to provide more consumers to buy their products, keeping perpetual growth going.

With modern political parties only being elected with a 1% or 2% majority, it is clear that you only need a very small number of voters to tip the balance. That is the plan!

To understand the issues facing Australians today and recommended solutions, please read our Manifesto here.

I hope you come on board as a supporter of the group. It’s free, but I would appreciate any contributions to assist in communicating our plans.

(Dick Smith Fair Go)



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