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.

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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 filled 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.

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Negotiation isn’t one of Campion’s strong suits, is it?

If Patrick Campion is a lawyer he’s not a very good one.

We say this because negotiation should be the one thing a lawyer is good at. If Campion knew anything about negotiation he would have been able to negotiate an exit package for Tony Guilfoyle. Apparently he couldn’t, because Bartier Perry did this for the club.

So what do you think Bartier Perry charged for finalising an exit package for Guilfoyle? Would you believe, $50,000?

If you don’t believe us we don’t blame you, but we’ll say it again. Bartier Perry billed the club $50,000 for negotiating Guilfoyle’s exit package.

You’re probably wondering why Guilfoyle was afforded any exit package. After all, this imbecile did nothing except rape, pillage and plunder while masquerading as CEO, and plunging the club into record debt.

If Campion had been a real leader who had the club’s interests at heart he would have said to Guilfoyle as he was escorted off the premises “Get going before we press charges”. But when you have been covering up the rorting and stealing for years it is in our own best interest to just let it slide and pay the fifty grand to “negotiate your way out of it”. This is the kind of wanton and reckless spending that got the club into trouble in the first place.

But, more than anything else, Campion couldn’t take the risk of Guilfoyle becoming a supergrass.

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Who was steering the ship after Guilfoyle was punted?

Succession planning was not one of Tony Guilfoyle’s strong points.

Why do we say this?

Guilfoyle paid an “executive” team to do nothing except stroke his ego. When he went on one of his many holidays (see previous blog) he would communicate with the executives via remote access PC. He would drive them mad with his bullshit whenever he had an inkling to do so. He justified this by saying he was running the club “remotely”.

If it wasn’t so stupid it would be funny.

But when he was away on one of his jaunts who really was in charge?

Would you believe it if we said … no one?

Consider this. The team left in the club was Mark Cooper, Jan Ellks, Tania Purdy, Kirsty Assad, Trevelyan Bale and Mark Lonngren. In all seriousness could this lot be trusted to open a packet of chips let alone open and run the club each day?

So succession planning was not one of his strengths, and looking at the evidence it appears that thieving and rorting were his only real skills.

Speaking of thieving and rorting and lack of succession planning, think about this. If Marcelo Veloz was to be unavoidably detained for an extended period of time, for whatever reason, and couldn’t make it into work, who would step up then? Daniel Graham? Or would Jodie Blues make a comeback? Really, that’s it. There’s no one else.

So it seems Veloz has the same mindset as Guilfoyle when it comes to succession planning. The next question is why? Guilfoyle did it to keep everyone in the dark and allow him to steal at will. Wonder why Veloz does it?

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Guilfoyle’s Annual Leave Rort

Old Guilfoyle had many rorts inside his kit bag. One of the many was rorting his annual leave entitlements.

We are not talking about a weekend in Nowra or a few days in Mittagong. Every holiday was to an overseas location, flying first class of course, because he needed to “unwind”. Unwind from what, you are probably asking?

When he went on annual leave he would go for four or five weeks. But he would have a summer and a winter holiday! Yes, that’s right. He would double dip on his holiday entitlements. No one ever checked on this or asked how he could have so many holidays accrued. After all, those who should have been checking were “in the bag” so to speak.

Now if you doubt this and wanted to follow up on it, all you need to do is get Marcelo Veloz or the committee to notify the police and request that Guilfoyle’s passport history be checked. Every time he left the country it would be recorded. This information could then be cross-referenced against his annual leave entitlements.

What a treasure trove of entitlement we would find if this was done!

But wait a minute, why wasn’t this done before?

Well, that is easy to explain. Mark Cooper, the main person who ought to be checking such details, was Guilfoyle’s right hand man and main henchman at the time. We are getting details as to why the relationship soured towards the end.

Given that Guilfoyle was on over $10,000 a week, by the time he had his second holiday for the year, and paid himself for it, he had cheated the club out of another $50,000.

This is just the same as entering the safe and walking out with $50,000 every year.

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The Guilfoyle work from home scheme!

By now you would be well aware Tony Guilfoyle was a thief, and not just a petty thief.

One of his favourite rorts was the “work from home” scam.

This is what would happen.

Guilfoyle would block out a day on his calendar and tell Jan Ellks that he was not available that day because he was “working from home”.

But hold on a second. How exactly do you run a club from home? Could he see that far? Did he have telescopic sight? Could he see all that was going on in the club?

What a con. The CEO of a registered club claiming to run the club from home. If Patrick Campion and the committee had any backbone they would have sacked him just for that.

In the last full year he was employed at City Tatts, 2015, we know he had one day off a week on average under the guise of “working from home”.

He was on a salary of over $500,000 in 2015 so his “work from home” scam cost the club upwards of $100,000 that year.

And he was doing this as far back as 2008.

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