Never mind Wally, where’s Wayne? Wayne
McCrae, that is, executive chairman of Australian Mineral Investments, the
hottest thing since Poseidon was going to nickel-plate Western Australia.

As Crikey’s deadline bears down, we’re
still waiting for AMI’s promised stock market announcement detailing its
drilling results. These are supposed to
confirm either that little AMI has found the world’s biggest copper deposit –
or that the market has become a little carried away with itself.

And where’s Wayne at this
tension-filled moment? According to The Courier-Mail: “Mr McCrae, who is
overseas, was not available yesterday. “

But according to
the Courier‘s stablemate, The Oz, Wayne is very much in the Queensland paper’s backyard, on the ground at the prospect outside Cloncurry,
promising that “the proof will be in the pudding – any doubting is totally

“If you
want to know what the definition of a d-ckhead is, these guys (the doubters)
symbolise it. I don’t know why we’ve been forced to defend ourselves,” Wayne said.

There’s a legion
of mining analysts who’ve pegged out their ground around their computer screens
just waiting to taste Wayne’s pudding – and checking to see if those options Wayne bought last
month are really worth millions now.

Peter Fray

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