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Patrick Argus McGinlay was born June 24, 1971 to parents
Arnold, a managing executive at the Commonwealth Bank, and Angela,
At age fifteen, Patrick was lead actor in Wesley College's
production of The Mikado, which surprised many because he was enrolled
at Scotch College at the time. Nevertheless, Patrick received rave
reviews of his work on stage, and it was then that he decided he would
spend the rest of his life as a politician.
The next ten years went by in a blur, as Patrick leapt
from high-paying job to high-paying job, living the life of a young
urban professional in the early 1990s; wine, women and other substances
dominated his time.
Finally, on his release from the facility, Patrick's
opportunity came knocking: 1996's federal election caused considerable
reshuffling of positions on all political levels. Patrick's youthful
sass, personal drive and recommendation letter from his father scored
him a low-level job at the office of Albert Aines, the state Member
for Parnell, Vic.
Patrick quickly became indispensable in Aines' camp,
mostly thanks to his ingenious methods of document analysis. Within
two years, the boyish McGinlay was working on an almost equal level
with Aines within the Party.
Tragedy struck when Aines died of natural causes only
weeks before 1999's state election. A debilitating loss for the Party
became a startling triumph when Patrick bravely stepped up into Aines'
place to win Parnell by a record margin. Days later, the nation was
stunned when Victoria's youngest ever seatholder declared his independence
from the Party, announcing himself an Independent.
"I have seen what it is like on the inside, my
friends," said McGinlay at the press conference, "and I
no longer want to be held back from my youth-empowerment-related goals
by tired, greying shells of men who would deny their children the
Patrick worked tirelessly for three years as Parnell's
representative in Victoria's Legislative Assembly, ensuring that the
youth of Parnell and of Victoria were not forgotten in the halls of
The loss of his seat at Victoria's 2002 state election
helped Patrick to refocus his mind and direct his actions toward a
more direct form of community support: starting a website of cultural
review, staffed by the youth of Victoria. This he has done, in the
form of McGINLAY'S INTERNET POSSIBILITY.
Born Yakov Kreplach in Georgia, U.S.S.R., Jacob's passion
and drive has seen McGinlay's through good times and bad. Although
he could not speak English when he first arrived on our shores in
1986, he quickly found work in Melbourne's personal enforcement industry.
This led to even more exciting employment as a security guard "to-the-stars".
Guarding the lives and even personal effects of such stars as Daryl
Somers and Sofie Formica, Jacob formed the friendships and contacts
that would later make him the flint upon which Patrick McGinlay sparked
his dreams of youth-helping.
By the late 1990s, Jacob (or "Jake", as personal
friends are permitted to refer to him) had become somewhat of a Melbourne
celebrity himself, seen regularly in the gossip columns on the arms
of various models, and most notably TV presenter Catriona Rowntree.
It was at this point that Jacob sold the lucrative security business
he had built and "went back to school", studying information
technology at Monash University and simultaneously editing the campus
magazine, Otico. It was here that he met David Blumenstein, who would
soon recommend him to Patrick as the ideal "go-to guy" for
the day-to-day running of McGinlay's.
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