Australian Border Force boss sacked for helping girlfriend to get job

The nation’s top border control officer has been sacked for attempting to parachute his girlfriend into a job at Sydney Airport. You can read all about it in the Australian Financial Review today. This is not good behaviour but it would not be a surprise to anyone who knows City Tatts.

Tony Guilfoyle’s method was to create a vacancy and hire a young attractive female to fill it. It didn’t matter how she performed in previous jobs. What mattered was how she looked and performed ….. for him. If he couldn’t lure her into his bed, or to be more exact, a motel or hotel bed the club paid for, she would get the flick and the whole process would start again. The prior unsuspecting lass would be told by Human Resources that she “wasn’t suitable”. What Human Resources meant was “Tony couldn’t get you to go to bed with him so he doesn’t see any need for you to be around any longer”.

We know of FIVE young females who went through this.

If you don’t believe this take a look at Tania Purdy. She commenced at City Tatts as functions co-ordinator on $40k a year. Within a year she was marketing director on $120k a year. At the time it was common knowledge she was on with Guilfoyle. But, so what, she was good at her job, right? A real academic genius, right? No, if the truth be told she couldn’t spell C A T. So you be the judge.

Then there was Kirsty Assad. She started in the position of Marketing Manager. At the time she was engaged to her long term partner, living with him in southern Sydney while planning her marriage – until Guilfoyle struck. He elevated her to Operations Executive Manager, even above the finance man Humpty Dumpty. At one stage, the last stage before they were both sacked and marched out the door the same night, she was in charge of the airspace development! Would you put her in charge of a $200 million property development when all she was capable of was changing posters around the gaming floor and calling member draws? What a meteroric rise to fame.

Every cloud does not have a silver lining where Guilfoyle is concerned. Purdy got pushed aside for Assad, so no silver lining there, while Assad’s fiance escaped. Guilfoyle kept Assad because there was no one else after his wife flicked him because of his ways with other women. Last reports were that Assad and Guilfoyle were seen together at The Star Casino. Most people think she gambled more with her sanity by getting involved with Guilfoyle than at the tables.

City Tatts Information Desk

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Why did Mark Cooper and Tony Guilfoyle fall out?

Cooper and Guilfoyle were bosom buddies. At least that is what Cooper led everyone to believe, including Guilfoyle.

Remember the Annual General Meetings where Guilfoyle waffled on for hours, with Cooper perched on stage in his ill-fitting suit, estimated to be about three sizes too small? Guilfoyle obviously felt comfortable with Cooper there although probably everyone else was laughing. But that warm and fuzzy feeling was only smoke and mirrors.

We are told that Cooper was like a double agent. He was agreeing to all of Guilfoyle’s rubbish but was bagging him behind his back. If you doubt this ask Cooper how the relationship was during the last throes of Guilfoyle’s time in the big chair. We have it from sources close to the City Tatts hirearchy that Cooper is insecure and the way he copes is to talk about everyone around him, behind their backs. It seems to be an obsession with him. Bag anyone doing well, or having a go. No one is spared. Because he has been there so long, and unwilling to step outside his comfort zone, he resents anyone doing well. He is a very weak man who sat back while Guilfoyle destroyed the club. He watched the rorting, the largesse, the thieving, the excessive salaries to Guilfoyle’s “ladies”, the excessive salaries to the inner circle ……. and did nothing.

We know Cooper chose to turn a blind eye for years. We also know that the relationship with Guilfoyle was toxic in the end. The only logical explanation is that he turned a blind eye for years because he was paid to, but shit himself near the end when it became clear he might go to jail.

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Marcelo Veloz and his inner circle

Talk of succession planning by Marcelo Veloz, or lack thereof, raises the question of who exactly is in the Veloz inner circle.

As far as we can tell it consists of Marcelo Veloz, Daniel Graham and someone called Will Corbett.

It is obvious they are meant to be his eyes and ears around the club ie. his spies, something he badly needs. Although you would think that at some point they are bound to ask themselves how being associated with Veloz will impact their future careers in the club industry.

It’s clear Veloz is totally out of his depth at City Tatts. When he was given charge of previous clubs that were already running well he looked alright. But when real management skills are needed, like at City Tatts, he has been exposed.

The problem with the Veloz two tier system is that you can’t run a club like that. It has to end in tears. It could not be good for the management of the club, or the morale of staff.

Basically this is a re-run of what Guilfoyle did. Except that in the case of Veloz the inner circle is very small. More like a triangle.

City Tatts Information Desk


There IS a way to track Campion’s blunders

Campion has been lying to members for six years now.

Normally the lies are to cover up his mistakes, or sometimes his dishonesty. Eventually he resorts to lies to cover the previous lies.

So if you are waiting on Campion to tell you what’s gone wrong at City Tatts you’ll have a long wait.

But there IS a sure-fire way to track his blunders.

EVERY CAMPION ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW IDEA, APPROACH, CHANGE, CEO, CAFE, DA …..

IS REALLY AN ADMISSION OF THE FAILURE OF THE PREVIOUS IDEA, APPROACH, CHANGE, CEO, CAFE, DA …..

Consider Campion’s hilarious spruiking of the new architect’s “strong local knowledge of the city and heritage constraints”. This is CampionSpeak for “the last architects I selected had no local knowledge of the city and heritage constraints” !!

Appealing to the Land & Environment Court? This is Campion telling you he was rejected by the Council.

New Cafe on Pitt Street? You can be sure the previous attempt, Cafe 2, was a failure.

Submitting a new DA? He’s just told you that the last one was a flop (and the one before that).

Is he this unscrupulous at Clinch Long Letherbarrow or is it just at City Tatts?

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When was the last time Campion admitted he was wrong?

When was the last time you heard Patrick Campion say he got something wrong?

What’s that you say? Never?

Now, how many things have gone wrong during Campion’s time as Chairman?

Well, just about everything.

Restaurants? They closed Cafe 2 with a vague idea of replacing it with a new cafe on Pitt Street – and then did absolutely nothing about it.

Property development? Five years on Campion has yet to get off the starting line.

New sources of revenue? The promised TAB never happened.

Management? He replaced Tony Guilfoyle with Marcelo Veloz!

Campion’s time as Chairman has been an unmitigated disaster. There is no other way to say it.

But not once has he admitted any of this to members.

City Tatts Information Desk


But Guilfoyle repaid the $200,000 he embezzled from his annual leave?

Those of you with long memories will know that back in 2008 Tony Guilfoyle took $200,000 from City Tatts on top of his salary, unknown to the committee. This has been covered numerous times in previous blogs.

If Patrick Campion and the committee were running the club for members they would have sacked him on the spot the instant they found out about this attempted embezzlement.

As usual Campion was afraid to do anything. But a few members made a complaint to the Office of Gaming & Racing.

After the embezzlement was discovered, Guilfoyle came up with an idiotic explanation that it was just normal “salary packaging”. (There is no salary packaging in the world that can result in someone owing $200,000 to their employer)

Campion washed his hands of it and left it to Gaming & Racing to decide – and then let Guilfoyle produce useless documentation that allowed Gaming & Racing to declare it was acceptable.  Doing nothing is always the preferred option at Gaming & Racing.

But because news of the embezzlement had leaked out Guilfoyle had to pretend that he would repay it. So Campion allowed him to repay it out of his unused annual leave. The problen with that is there was no way he could have any unused annual leave (See Guilfoyle’s Annual Leave Rort).

This is where Campion crossed the line between closing his eyes to Guilfoyle’s stealing, and participating in Guilfoyle’s stealing.

In other words, Campion conspired with Guilfoyle to defraud City Tattersalls Club.

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Is Campion working for City Tatts or the Chinese developer?

Pat Campion’s recent message to members was basically this:

Dear Members, the club has orchestrated a deal between the ANZ Bank and the Chinese developer, who to date has failed to strike a blow, whereby the Chinese developer will pay the ANZ Bank the $19,000,000 loaned to the club. This is great news! Now the Chinese developer will take control of the club“.

Is this real or an early April Fools Day joke?

Campion has arranged for the Chinese developer to take over the club, sorry the club’s debt? The first question is why would he do this? The second question is what benefit is there to the club to participate in this bizarre deal? The Committee will probably point out that the club will not have to make repayments to the developer on the loan, for now at least.

But there is no such thing as a free lunch. No person or organisation is going to stump up and pay your debts, especially $19,000,000, without some sort of benefit. It just doesn’t make sense, does it? Unless, of course, getting the City Tatts site for $25 million is such a steal you can fork out another $19 million and still make a profit!

By shuffling the debt from ANZ Bank to the developer all they have done is shuffled the deckchairs on the Titanic. The club can barely pay it’s bills now. So why would a Chinese developer risk lending to the club when the ANZ Bank obviously wouldn’t?

So what is the developer getting for their troubles, and their $19,000,000?

Thanks Mr Campion, for helping deliver the club to the developer. You will be held accountable when the club is gone.

City Tatts Information Desk