Billionaire airs his grievances
By STEPHANIE FORESTER
THE lifestyle war between billionaire Gerry Harvey and dreadlocked Byron Shire councillor John Lazarus went statewide yesterday as they battled it out on Sydney radio.
The airwaves crackled as ABC interviewer Janine Perrett's morning show became the latest battleground.
Perrett to Harvey: Are you worried you have defamed his character?
Harvey: I'm not worried, he has no character.
Mr Harvey was unrepentant yesterday, and unconcerned Cr Lazarus might launch legal action.
"He's lucky I don't launch legal action against him," said the angry developer, who last week branded Byron Shire councillors 'idiots, nitwits and ratbags' over their handling of his $45 million resort development.
Cr Lazarus said he wasn't sure what his next move would be, and he would run the matter past his lawyer.
"He's made some pretty hostile comments about my personal appearance," he said.
"It's totally inappropriate to attack someone's dress because you have a problem with council."
Mr Harvey said he had no issue with what Cr Lazarus 'dressed like, smelled like or looked like', but he took issue with the councillor's actions.
"He came in and threw his weight around as a councillor, asking questions of my clients," Mr Harvey said.
"He's welcome to ask questions, but ask my staff. He was totally out of line and I couldn't care less if he launches legal action."