After nearly a month disgracing himself by demanding new taxes and delivery delays be imposed on online shoppers to protect his traditional retail business Harvey Norman, one of Australiaâ€™s most obnoxious rich fat-cats â€“ Gerry Harvey – scaled new heights of odiousness last night after playing the party animal on Queenslandâ€™s Gold Coast ahead of todayâ€™s launch of his racehorse auction â€œthe Magic Millions.â€
“LIFE GOES ON”
When asked by a reasonably friendly Gold Coast Bulletin scribe about whether continuing the event in light of the hardship endured by the rest of Queensland, Harveyâ€™s partner John Singletonâ€™s response showed a remarkable lack of sensitivity even by the vulgar standards of the average Sydney spiv:
â€œYou feel a bit guilty having a good time when you see what is happening in other parts of Queensland and northern NSW, but on the other hand the Aussie way is life goes on.â€
BILLIONAIRES PARTY ON WHILE THE STATE SUFFERS
Singo wasnâ€™t the only one getting into the â€œf*ck the peasantsâ€ party atmosphere, with Greedy Gerry Harvey firing up by playing a violin to the hundreds of hard-partying guests at the Gold Coast Turf Club while being photographed grinning like a Cheshire cat with his wife, the CEO of Harvey Norman, Katie Page, who is paid millions of dollars a year to run hubbyâ€™s public company.
Daughter and heiress Georgie Harvey also put in an appearance grinning it up for the cameras with an orthodontically approved smile and expensive party frock purchased on Daddyâ€™s Centurion card.
ROMAN ORGY STYLE ANTICS
Appropriately enough, vulgarity was a key theme of the evening with a â€œmechanical bucking bronco on handâ€ for what the impressed scribe described as being available for â€œbraver and fitter guests to test their balance (or sobriety)â€
The Bulletin suggested:
â€œEx-footballer Luke Ricketson eyed off the beast but declined, presumably saving himself until his girlfriend Katie Waterhouse arrives on the Gold Coast today.â€
Perhaps all were outdone by John Singletonâ€™s lady friend Yvette Hartman who apparently has a tattoo (hopefully capable of being removed by some medical process as required) sprawled across her freely displayed and ample left breast reading â€œSingoâ€™sâ€ complete with possessive apostrophe suggesting he may have purchased her in the custom of an Arabian sheikh. The journalistâ€™s clubby reference to their night editor suggests the yarn might have been filed over the Blood Alcohol limit. Clearly a good time was had by all but it all seems rather jarring considering what the rest of Queensland is enduring.
GERRY JUST DOESN’T GET IT
Gerry Harvey is closely associated with the brand of his many outlets where so many Australians buy the goods that furnish their homes. Many (fortunate enough to be insured) Queenslanders will come to file into these outlets in the days and months ahead when they want to replace all the things they lost. He stands to make (yet another) fortune.
Youâ€™d think the man would show a little more decency during this sobering time for our country.