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Hipgrave launched a “GoFundMe” appeal that was headed “Help me fend off Matt Allen”. Apparently no fan of Allen, van Kretschmar donated $1000 while also letting fly at the Ichi Ban skipper in a Facebook post. And this week, both men issued serious apologies.“The video ridiculed Mr Allen, and it and my Go Fund Me comments conveyed a number of seriously defamatory imputations about him. I accept that those imputations are completely false, and acknowledge that I should not have created the video and circulated it to others, nor referred to Mr Allen in the terms I did on the Go Fund Me page,” Hipgrave said.“I sincerely apologise to Mr Allen for my actions ... I note that the defamation proceedings have now been resolved, and that Mr Allen did not require me to pay any damages as part of the settlement agreement.”For his part, van Kretschmar also issued an unreserved apology.“My comments were seriously defamatory of Mr Allen. They suggested that he had unfairly, disingenuously and corruptly influenced the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to exclude double handed sailing entrants from eligibility for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race … I acknowledge that the suggestions I made about Mr Allen are false and should never have been made.”No damages were paid, but both men agreed to pay costs.An embarrassed CYCA had already reached a compromise. Two-handed yachts can race in the Sydney to Hobart but will not be eligible for the overall handicap prize, the Tattersall Cup, while a committee reviews the situation.FRIENDLY FIREIt’s just weeks since revelations emerged of a potential Liberal-on-Liberal battle in North Sydney with the party’s soft-right and conservative factions weighing up preselection challenges against the incumbent Trent Zimmerman.But the blue-on-blue push isn’t the only opposition Zimmerman faces in the blue ribbon electorate. A slew of independents have also cropped up in the seat and there’s another, newly formed group scheduled to launch on Sunday.The search is on for the next Ted Mack.Credit: Rick StevensIt’s called North Sydney’s Independent and it is approaching politics in an unorthodox fashion. Led by mother-of-two and public health researcher Kristen Lock, the group is searching for a candidate to sit at the centre of the campaign.Lock has circulated flyers this week titled “Searching for our next Ted Mack” referring to the local mayor and independent who held the federal seat of North Sydney for six years until 1996 when he retired to avoid receiving a parliamentary pension. His departure allowed a young Joe Hockey to wrest the seat for the Liberals.Company documents lodged with the corporate regulator also show the North Sydney’s Independent effort is a genuinely one-woman band. Lock – who lives in Hockey’s former home suburb of Hunters Hill – is registered as the company’s director, secretary and sole shareholder. But there are at least some RSVPs for the launch. Members of the electorate’s other independent group Voices for North Sydney - whose campaign colours mimic the teal colour scheme chosen by independents Zali Steggall, Oliver Yates and Julia Banks - have posted online about their enthusiasm to attend.TAKES ALL TYPESThis column has revealed with some amusement how Labor’s deputy senate leader Kristina Keneally has improbably turned up on a distribution list used by the Liberal Party’s Roseville branch. In fact, the former NSW premier was invited last month by the branch to attend the Northern Sydney Conservative Forum Function – a dinner and discussion featuring Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker, hopeful NT Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Sky host Peta Credlin. We have been reliably informed Keneally was otherwise engaged.But it appears another Liberal-leaning group is taking the same pluralist approach to its invitation list. The Samuel Griffith Society contacted members this week with an agenda for its 32nd conference scheduled for October. For the uninitiated, the society conducts research into the constitution and campaigns on issues including freedom of speech. It also counts Liberal members and friends including former Victorian MP John Pesutto and Israel Folau’s barrister Stuart Wood among its highest profile supporters. Its committee has chosen conservative crusader Stoker as one of its conference headliners.And the other? Step forward Labor’s former federal opposition leader Mark Latham, who now leads Pauline Hanson’s One Nation in NSW as a representative in the Legislative Council. A bio attached to Latham provided by the society fails to mention his political party, or the decade he spent representing Labor in Federal Parliament. The Liberals broad church stretches even broader these days.The Morning Edition newsletter is our guide to the day’s most important and interesting stories, analysis and insights. Sign up here.
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