Posted By Dann
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle’s campaign of controversial statements towards other city councils shows no sign of slowing as he continues to place an overemphasis on his own importance.  Mr Doyle seems to liken himself to more influential figures in politics, proposing changes to infrastructure instead of performing the traditional duties of Lord Mayor, such as attending charity galas and cutting ribbons.


Similarities between the duties of Lord Mayor and beauty pageant winners were highlighted last weekend when National Nine News described Mr Doyle as ‘portly’ in a report on his proposed changes to traffic use on Swanston Street.  This comes only weeks after real life pageant queen Stephanie Naumoska, Miss Universe Australia contestant, denied claims by world news agencies that she has an eating disorder.


Lord Mayor Robert Doyle (Panos Photographics)

Stephanie Naumoska (Herald Sun)


‘I have never been anorexic or bulimic I don't throw up my meals after I eat them I don't starve myself, none of that,’ the Herald-Sun quoted Naumoska as saying, in an unusual lack of punctuation. Lord Mayor Doyle has yet to confirm or deny any claims of eating disorders made against him, but critics of both agree that Mr Doyle is also a poor role model for young girls.


Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia’s Miss Beautiful pageant, contestants are judged on their level of respect for their parents.  Pageant founder Khadra al-Mubarak says that her contest is a less decadent alternative to other beauty contests ‘that only take into account a woman’s body and looks.’  One round of the contest involves all the contestants being graded on how they interact with their mothers during a day spent in a country house.  Supporters of former Lord Mayor John So who long in vain for his return suspect that he would fare as well on the pageant circuit as well as he did in his time at Town Hall.

Posted By Dann
After various campaigns alleging then-current Melbourne Lord Mayor John So of frivolous spending and unnecessary overseas trips, newly elected Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has proposed a costly peace-keeping mission to Russia.

Former Lord Mayor John So with Mayor McCheese of McDonaldland, World Mayoral Convention in San Francisco, 2005

Mr. Doyle was elected to the position in early December, and almost immediately caused scandal by vowing to allow only buskers with a certain degree of talent to perform on Melbourne streets. Now newspaper headlines claim that Mr. Doyle is planning a trip to Russia, apparently in order to avert a cold war from being launched against the city of Melbourne.

One of Melbourne's buskers

Although Mr. Doyle vowed in election promises to avoid costly overseas trips, figures released by Town Hall show the Russian expedition to cost $47,000. Lord Mayor Doyle justified his expenditure with the release of email conversation between Australia's ambassador to Russia, Margaret Twomey, and Australian honourary consul in Russia, Sebastian Fitzlyon, warning of 'dire consequences' if the Lord Mayor did not attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of St. Petersburg and Melbourne's sister-cityship.

'This would have negative and sad ramifications in my view...' warned an email from Mr Fitzlyon.




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