The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Big names in Facebook stalker case

No-nonsense financial self-help book hits No.1

- GREG STOLZ

A SOUTHEAST Queensland councillor has been named in State Parliament as having been at the centre of a police probe into a Facebook stalking case.

Gold Coast police last year investigat­ed a complaint by Sheena Hewlett, wife of Redland City councillor Lance Hewlett, alleging she had been the victim of a sinister smear campaign.

The Sunday Mail revealed last November a fake Facebook profile was sending her kindergart­en workplace messages alleging she was posting unauthoris­ed images of students on social media.

Police emails tabled in Parliament showed the messages had been traced to the home of Redlands councillor Rowanne McKenzie. In the emails, police told Mrs Hewlett Cr McKenzie and husband Douglas had been identified in the stalking complaint. No charges have been laid. Labor MP Kim Richards used parliament­ary privilege to name Cr McKenzie and said it was “an extraordin­ary attempt to smear, denigrate and jeopardise the employment of Mrs Hewlett, the wife of Redlands councillor Lance Hewelett, in the lead-up to the local council elections”.

Cr McKenzie did not respond to a request for comment.

BAREFOOT Investor Scott Pape has written himself into the record books by penning the highest-ever selling title in Australia – the first time an Australian has held this position.

New data shows his nononsense financial self-help book The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need has sold more than 2 million copies across all platforms.

That’s 100 times more than the stunned father-offour ever expected – and Pape said he is “incredibly humbled” by the book’s popularity.

“No-one expected it to sell any more than about 20,000 copies – it’s a finance book,” he said. “But it took on a life of its own. Not a day goes by that I don’t get somebody writing to me telling me how they have used the book to help their family.”

Sunday Mail columnist Pape released The Barefoot

Investor in 2016, then two years later The Barefoot Investor For Families, aimed at helping parents improve their kids’ financial understand­ing.

Next he’s stepping from page to screen, with his TV series Scott Pape’s Money Movement due to debut on Foxtel on April 28. The series sees Pape take on an issue close to his heart – bringing independen­t financial education into schools.

It was initially due to be broadcast last year, after Pape began an accompanyi­ng grassroots money movement community program, but got delayed by COVID-19. Pape, who is wrapping up final scenes, welcomed the show’s impending arrival, saying: “I piloted my own program around the country. This show is allowing me to achieve that goal to get financial education in schools.”

Securing better education in schools is a logical step for Pape, who is a trained financial counsellor, after his books helped hundreds of thousands manage their money and reduce anxiety.

“The Barefoot Investor has become the all-time number one bestseller in Australia since BookScan records began in December 2002, making it the first time an Australian author has held this spot in BookScan,” said Nielsen Book Australia’s manager Bianca Whiteley.

HR manager Victoria Clark, 42, is one of the many readers who, along with husband Stephen, turned their financial situation around.

“We had more than $20,000 in credit card debt and loans and we lived pay packet to pay packet,” she said.

After reading his book they now have $27,000 in savings, have ditched all their personal debts and no longer stress or fight about money.

DEPUTY Premier Steven Miles’s refusal to pay a $30m hotel quarantine bill sent by NSW has been dealt a blow after revelation­s Jackie Trad agreed to pay the cost during national crisis talks held just weeks before she was deposed.

The Sunday Mail can reveal Ms Trad was among the nation’s treasurers who, at a Board of Treasurers meeting on April 1 last year, agreed states would fund the costs of quarantine accommodat­ion.

Mr Miles has since reneged on that pledge, filming a video of himself tearing up the invoice and insisting the state won’t pay until the Commonweal­th develops a national approach to quarantine.

According to meeting minutes, Ms Trad agreed costs would be reconciled among states and shared according to residency of people.

The Victorian government has also confirmed it will pay $34.3m to NSW for accommodat­ing its returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Mr Miles did not comment on the meeting involving Ms

Trad but reiterated earlier his comments that Queensland would not pay.

“It’s ridiculous for NSW to expect Queensland­ers to foot the bill for people who gave them a Queensland address,” he said.

“It’s even more ridiculous for them to charge us for people who had no address here at all. We have processed almost as many NSW residents as they have Queensland residents and we haven’t sent them an invoice.”

Mr Miles said quarantine remained a federal government responsibi­lity and suggested the NSW government send the bill to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Queensland and NSW spent last week trading barbs after NSW demanded $30m before March 19 for hosting more than 7000 residents in its hotel quarantine system.

Last week, Mr Miles launched a tongue-in-cheek crowd-funding campaign to split the bill, suggesting Queensland­ers contribute $5.84 each.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklia­n slammed Mr Miles over the “childish” stunt.

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Victoria Clark, with daughters Sophie and Emily, has turned her finances around thanks to Scott Pape’s book (inset).

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