Many R’s Podcast – S1E7

The Many R’s Podcast – S1E7

0:01 Introduction

0:33 Recap – what is the Many R’s Podcast about?

1:18 Where are we?

1:30 personal update

1:49 Lockdown, Insolvency, Jobkeeper, Jobsaver, Services NSW

2:41 Bunnings Gift Cards

2:59 Hakan Kutup

3:24 Matthew James Taunton / Abel Agency / Wiseberry Real Estate Box Hill NSW.

4:08 Gregory John Walker – The Archibald Gosford, his receiver, 131MVR

4:35 Caernarvon Cherry / Bonny Glen Fruits Pty Ltd (in Liquidation), Bernard & Fiona Hall

4:59 AFSL – Snowgums Hospitality Fund (Orange NSW), Snowgums Heritage Blog……

6:53 Ralph Paligaru update

7:04 Mohan Kumar / Chhota Rajan update

12:55 Dural Alliances Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Ralph Paligaru, Bargo Developments, Australasian Property Group Pte Ltd etc – litigation funding update.

15:05 APG / Ian Jordan / Ralph Paligaru, Dreketi Timber Mill

17:02 Ralph Paligaru – Bankruptcy update

20:14 wrap up – Mohan Kumar / Chhotta Rajan, Dreketi Timber Mill, Ralph Paligaru, Craig Adams – what to expect in S1 Episode 8.

21:20 how to contact us

21:30 credits

Podcast – homepage – click here.


rogues rascals reviewables rorts rip-offs receivers real estate agents and much much more. the many R’s podcasts, it’s about a whole bunch of R’s – season 1 episode 7 i’m your host mark smith from dc partner solutions. come and visit us on our website anytime

otherwise give us a call 1-300-327-123, until late usually, we love talking to people or you can instant message chat with us in our website
bottom right hand corner use the instant message chat tools. thank you and welcome all right so let’s just have a quick recap about what is the many rs podcast is about and it’s certainly about uh all the rat bags and rogues and rip-off artists and sometimes about some receivers some real estate agents some uh some rackets uh and the likes but uh we’re certainly here to have a look at uh some corporate villains uh there hasn’t been so many travel rip-offs lately so uh so that’s good because we can’t travel anywhere um government malfeasance well that nothing’s uh specifically come onto our radar, so there’s nothing there to talk about some iffy lawyers we’re going to get into uh a little bit of that a little bit later on um insurance racketeers uh all sorts of racketeers and awards uh bankers and receivers well uh i don’t think we’ve got anything in this specific episode to talk about racketeers banks and receivers so let’s move on to where are we uh we’re going to have a look at some of the specific things that are on our mind at the moment. so uh as i’ve mentioned in some of the other episodes … i’ve really got a squeaky chair um i love the squeaky chair it gets the oil …. um but it has been a massive year for me personally uh it’s been obviously this covered thing but i’ve just completed my juris doctor to go with my masters of business administration and i’ve now embarked on to practical legal training and uh i’m 1/6 th of the way through that so that’s so that’s quite exciting uh. what isn’t exciting is a lockdown, and one gets the feeling that there’s going to be all sorts of things that will become themes in coming months the lock down this uh undoubtedly there’s reports every night on the news about small business suffering um and uh so i guess what that means is insolvency and that just happens to be a space that um we are really we’ve been very interested for a long time in insolvency and pre-insolvency company structuring, corporations law and so on so um with uh certainly with my MBA – the master of business administration –
i’m sure uh we can offer some valuable insights so if you’ve got a problem uh involving any of these things: the lockdown, insolvency, job keeper, the ato, tax debts – you name it, services NSW, oh my gosh uh getting funds out of them well it’s just obviously it’s it must be a honeypot for all of these things so um and yeah look sure that probably slows the process down for the the honest business people so uh watch for this to be a theme in coming weeks, now um bunnings gift cards.
um it’s probably not the uh uh not the number one rort that comes to mind but uh you know we’ll be doing a very small episode / segment on the bunnings gift card rort (soon) and uh that is uh it is absolutely rubbish it is a rubbish that’s that’s. and we catch with Hakan Kutup, our great mate from season 1 episode 1 um i i had a look uh just to see exactly what jail he’s in and uh no one knows um well you can’t find out off the uh services you know what the correctional services website yeah Hakan’s got privacy anyway um look a bit of an update on our buddy hakan, um there’s been orders for the sale well um for possession of his house so um but uh he’s got the uh covered reprieve so that one’s coming up now we’ve got another budding um um matthew james taunton now whether he’s a budding he can’t cut up or not uh time will tell but um matthew james taunton from abel agency uh was called wiseberry uh at uh box hill uh that box hill is in the northwestern suburbs of uh sydney well this matthew james taunton is one to watch so if you’ve had any dealings with matthew james taunton uh drop us a uh a message on the instant chat tool we’d love to hear your thoughts on matthew james taunton now make sure we put up a matthew james taunton fan club page uh abel agency or wiseberry real estate so he’s our real estate star of the month um our former centerfold if you like gregory john walker nothing to report there actually i think greg’s been a a very good boy uh of late so um uh well the only thing i’ve got to report is that um one of his uh one of his receivers had a huge loss so uh greg walker the archibald uh project up in uh gosford they might actually uh that might actually go ahead so good on you mr walker um Caernarvon Cherry Pty Ltd uh Bonny Glen Fruits Pty Ltd (in liquidation) and uh bernard and fiona hall well just the very quickest of updates there um uh they had a two-day session in front of the chief judge in equity um in the NSW supreme court uh there so uh look i’ve heard various things and uh you know apparently it was a apparently it was sensational so uh watch this space um AFSL we’re going to touch on that now we’re actually uh i’m living out in Orange, NSW. i think i’ve mentioned that a number of times and loving it out here it’s been very cold um and for those that are interested i do have a heritage blog that you can um that you can uh have a look at so i think you i’ll make sure i throw in a link uh down below um on youtube uh it’s called the snowgum’s heritage blog

or something so uh maybe you just type in mark smith snow gums or something and uh and a podcast so it’s a video podcast series and uh what’s been going on anyway um look we we’re under our ifs we’re actually very seriously uh going to put up a uh a hospitality fund uh it’s uh it’s going to be extremely low risk uh real estate based we’ve got some well it won’t just be uh hospitality i suspect but anyway we’ve um expressed a few interest bits of interest in a couple of uh projects uh here in orange and um look there’s no there’s no tourism just at the moment and uh like none uh obviously because of code but there are i’m convinced absolutely wonderful opportunities uh we ran on airbnb here at um uh snow guns and uh for those that are interested uh send me a message uh instant message chat tool uh bottom right hand corner um uh dc partners dot solutions slash snow gums there you go i’ll make sure that there’s a page up and you can uh you know you can park some dollars now you have to be a sophisticated or wholesale investor um to participate so it’s not open to retail mum and dads but um uh and look honestly the returns are probably going to be fairly low this is very low risk but there may well be some good capital returns and uh some capital uh some capital growth oranges for those that well i’ll make sure that we put up a whole bunch of links but uh unsurprisingly uh regional australia is apparently booming uh so um uh the demand to get out of sydney and melbourne and brisbane uh is is gigantic so i’ll make sure i put in every link i can think of if you want to see a copy of our information memorandum

and uh we’ll make sure that you can see that so all right and moving along uh we now move on to one of our very favorite rs and that’s ralph ralph paligaru but not to be outdone uh john mahony, mohan kumar um and chhota rajan now chhota rajan is uh ralph’s best buddy um ralph will go to uh ralph will get in the trenches for uh his those he loves and uh boy does he love this mohan kumar bloke so ralph paligaru he holds a power of attorney for mohan kumar but who’s mohan kumar you might ask well mohan kumar was a bloke that entrusted ralph with his fortune known as 632 old northern road at dural and uh mohan kumar’s lawyer was none other than uh the illustrious uh and most experienced uh john mahony from mahony lawyer uh or is it mahony lawyers um and anyway uh mr um mr mohan kumar hopped on a plane at um in october 2015 and uh landed in um denpasar in bali and waiting there was interpol upon arrival and uh he was uh subsequently extradited off to india um and apparently uh apparently according to interpol uh mohan kumar is uh is in fact a guy called chhota rajan well um so that’s a bit of excitement for you uh not every day you uh you you get to talk about fugitives and ralph is besties with a fugitive and um well chhota rajan made all sorts of news uh in a few months ago he um after episode 6 i think it was uh he caught covered which is a real problem because um uh you know if you’re uh if you’re dead um ralph paligaru can’t be your power of attorney and uh who knows whether mohan kumar has a has a will i mean who knows so mohan kumar is um allegedly chhota rajan i don’t know i’ve never met i can i’ve met uh john mahony i have met ralph paligaru i’ve never been to india i don’t know i’ve never talked to mohan kumar i have no idea if mohan kumar is chhota rajan but interpol people think so and um well uh chhota rajan was um diagnosed with covid19 when all the india problems were you know the thick of things so i imagine poor old ralph had a few sleepless nights because uh with the assistance of john mahony uh john francis mahony of uh uh mahony law or mahony law ralph paligaru is in um the supreme court of new south wales running a court case saying that um uh mohan kumar has been cheated out of millions and millions of dollars now i don’t know whether the um john mahony is you know as a super experienced uh lawyer and i’m sure he’s completely on top of the felons civil procedure uh civil proceedings act uh and the civil proceedings act says well you know if you’ve been convicted of a crime oh now chhota rajan now this could all be a terrible uh case of mistaken identity but uh mohan kumar is being held under the name of who’s not chhota rajan but we’ll just call him chhota rajan that’s um ralph c mohan’s power of attorney he’s being held in a uh the biggest prison in um uh in india apparently with all the uh the top fugitives and um uh

that that does not stop john mahony and um ralph paligaru seeking justice justice for mohan kumar and they’ve uh they’ve decided uh to sue the torrens assurance fund ralph paligaru gave away the title deeds to 632 old northern road to our great mate craig adams craig matthew adams of golden arrow and bargo developments not to forget that he borrowed personally i was at about 1.6 million dollars from australasian property group but anyway ralph gave away just handed on a platter uh the title deeds to 632 old northern road to his great mate craig matthew adams now it’s unsurprising that he would do this because uh craig matthew adams yeah well craig matthew adams and uh ralph paligaru have a very secret side deal uh where ralph gets a 20 interest in a private hospital not bad not bad so um uh ralph also um i can’t neglect to to mention real estate agents jon brookes from brookes partners um now uh jon brookes from brookes partners is an old buddy of ralph’s and so ralph uh gives the listing he’s a power of attorney he has the entitlement to uh uh enter a listing agreement but he enters a listing agreement ralph does where ralph gets a kickback uh is it um look i i i’ve gone vague on the um on the details but uh it’s uh it’s a property that’s sold uh for allegedly 5.5 million dollars in um in may of 2016. and uh ralph hands over the title deeds to his great mate um and uh 80 confidential joint venture partner um craig matthew adams uh and in return um uh he expects a kickback from uh brooke’s partners um now he doesn’t get one but he expects one and uh ralph even asked me to go and sue um he gave me the the debt and said go off and sue if you wouldn’t mind go off and sue jon brooks from brookes partners and so anyway it’s a long story um ralph’s not a uh not a real estate agent but uh he’s a businessman uh according to his um affidavits ralph is a businessman and ralph’s the type of businessman that uh can turn six million dollars into well five and a half million dollars into uh 1.5 million dollars he’s that type of businessman uh not to forget the dreketi timber mill in fiji.
uh which is uh defunct now and um anyway um all of this apparently uh entitles i’d have to i’m not a lawyer so um or not yet anyway i’m a graduate with a um a juris doctor and i’m studying uh um practical legal training sorry i’ve gone blank there so i’m not john mahony i don’t have his wisdom and uh i don’t know how uh that’s all the fault of the torrens insurance fund handing craig adams the title deeds and handing him um uh withdrawals of caveat and all the rest but anyway apparently that is the um that is the fault of the torrens assurance fund and so uh a fugitive uh apparently uh called mohan

kumar ought to receive millions and millions and millions of dollars from the torrens assurance fund well not to be outdone ralph and amreeta paligaru have also got their hands out and they’re seeking um uh i don’t know hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars i suppose for themselves so uh that’s what ralph’s been up to um now he’s defunct company uh called dural alliances pty ltd (in liquidation). uh you may remember ralph put up his um family home uh and borrowed money $540,000 uh at 6% interest a month uh it’s really exciting uh to do that it’s thrilling and hair raising and all the rest uh and then just to add to the um uh excitement uh well why wouldn’t you give that $540,000 to craig matthew adams because um australasian property group apg that’s uh maya and ian jordan that’s their company from singapore well they’ve given um craig matthew adams at 1.6 million or maybe it’s 1.5 million as a personal loan, unsecured. i mean wow um so anyway that turns into that turns magically now they didn’t have john mahony as a lawyer they had the wonderful uh excellent multinational law firm called baker mckenzie and now i’m certainly not saying that john mahony is in the same class as baker mckenzie but anyway maybe they’re who knows anyway well bargo uh bargo uh got wound up as did golden arrow so unfortunately um ralph’s $540000 he’s gone but the 6% interest a month bill that’s still there and uh so that’s that’s when we come to the bankruptcy update a little bit further down below but anyway um so uh golden arrow and bargo are in liquidation and uh i’ll make sure we publish uh i’ll give you a look at the uh the the documents uh there was a wonderful creditors meeting i went to uh a couple of weeks ago in um my telephone uh that’s what you do in the Covid19 era and um well uh the liquidator of golden arrow & bargo has a giant fat uh pile of money now to go litigation funding and to get back uh ralph’s $540,000  except uh you know that went to apg and apg uh as i said they didn’t have john mahony as a lawyer they had uh baker mckenzie and they were able to turn a private loan into a secured interest for no consideration in a wonderful piece of land in warriewood and they happened to jump the queue uh in front of poor old ralph and only to the tune of $540,000 uh and uh they also got they jumped the queue and i think they walked out with $700,000 for of bargo’s money for no consideration how how wonderful is that so that’s what you get with baker mckenzie i mean they are geniuses um so uh apg uh is that’s australian property group ian jordan and maya i cannot pronounce her surname but uh wonderful lady i’ve met them both i’ve sat in their board room in singapore and uh they are high flyers in fact merrill lynch or kkr or one of those mobs are their investors and these guys are very bright and haven’t they got wonderful lawyers so uh heading off to drake timbermill now um i don’t know how uh ralph’s i can’t give you any updates because of covid it’s just been terrible but um uh dreketi timber mill uh had the unfortunate um adventure event of a cyclone smashing it to bits and i don’t know whether uh there was any sleepless nights for ian jordan because he and jordan uh from australasian property group the same bloke that uh loaned uh craig matthew adams was at 1.5 or 1.6 million dollars unsecured and then turned that into a security interest in mohan kumar’s uh i mean this is the most incestuous … you know in crazy story but anyway it gets even crazier ralph uh and ian jordan head off to fiji and go and start a company um and uh so ian jordan (an aussie)
from singapore decides to go to fiji because he’s always wanted to uh and started going to business with ralph and i’m sure that it had absolutely no nothing to do with the $700,000 that apg walked out for um of bargo’s money that once upon a time once upon a time was uh part of mohan kumar’s fortune well you know it’s a very sad and tragic story well maybe uh now once the lockdown’s over ralph has um it’s today’s friday the 13th friday the 13th of august will ralph has been repatriated back to australia apparently ?

i’m not in sydney i haven’t been able to catch up with my great mate ralph but maybe ralph and ian jordan can um can talk about their joint venture business in fiji uh how things are going and ralph may be able to commiserate with apg about uh having to face the having to hand back the 1.6 million or 1.5 million of uh preference monies uh allegedly that they’ve got uh from craig matthew adams and bargo and golden arrow so uh it’s all very very exciting. uh bankruptcy update now i can’t say too much uh because this is before the courts but uh maybe i can just say as a matter of fact um ralph uh ralph has signed a uh consent judgment so he uh consented to the to the entry of a judgment uh in the event he didn’t pay back money and uh surprise surprise ralph didn’t pay back money so anyway he he borrowed a whole heap of money from uh reliance leasing who have a wonderful director a man called garry steinberg who um garry has been very near to my heart in um in past years and uh what could i say ralph has known garry longer than me so that is a fact and so look maybe in the next episode we’ll we’ll talk about some of the past tricks oh well just what i can say about the bankruptcy it’s been held up so ralph borrowed a whole bunch of money from reliance leasing and gary steinberg in august well now it goes back to like 2012 or 2011 or sometime then it was … is that a decade ago??? i mean anyway um so come august 2016 gets rolled over correction ralph and the amreeta and they come ah i guess their company uh i think so i think the company is called ralph paligaru proprietary limited or something like that and uh and there’s another r and uh ralph ran a photocopying business and uh so ralph was really good at um

imaging. let’s just put it that way ralph was very good at imaging. and um well we might have to wait until episode 8 to find out some of the details. coming back to the bankruptcy update um as i said uh ralph and garry steinberg have known each other for longer than i have. okay so um i met ralph in march of 2017. i met garry uh i guess in probably 2014 and uh well thereabouts maybe 13 14 15. sometime there so let’s say four days i’d say it was 14. and um well for longer than that um uh ralph paligaru proprietary limited owed reliance leasing money so i imagine this is sort of ticking up interest and all the rest and anyway 2016 uh ralph gets a wonderful deal, miraculously.
around the same time ralph gets a wonderful interest-free loan i know all these details because they’ve been part of particulars that have been read in open court ralph can say interest-free loan in excess of $100,000 from 2016 and uh it’s interest-free for one year provided that you pay the money back okay so uh otherwise it becomes an 18 per annum loan well it’s now the 13th of august 2021. how much do you think ralph has paid back ralph hasn’t made?

there’s been some court ordered payments but ralph hasn’t made a single single monthly installment

and of course uh his wonderful lawyer mr mahony make has this incredible vanishing uh caveat trick so again i’m not a lawyer i haven’t been a lawyer for 40 years like john mahony, but john no doubt can explain that? and anyway let’s let’s catch up on this in episode 8 because it’s it’s a wonderful wonderful story but just to wet the appetite look i might pop up the um the judgment? and you can do some reading ahead if you like if you’re that keen so that’s it for uh episode series 1 season 1 episode 7 of the many r’s podcast.
um i hope you’ve had an excellent time if you’ve got any questions or you’ve got any information uh you’ve been to tihar jail you’ve heard of mohan kumar, you’re a fan of oh they’re making a movie they’re making a movie on chhota rajan apparently? so uh it’s some sort of uh underbelly series of you know fugitives in india so that’s all very exciting. if you know craig matthew adams if you know Dreketi timbermill? maybe maybe you’re one of the uh creditors of the dreketi timber mill maybe you shared some time with ralph in uh in iso in um what’s it called quarantine in hotel quarantine? uh does ralph owe you money? um and uh so ralph’s ralph’s milking the system uh brilliantly and uh and so managing to avoid uh bankruptcy for the time being so let’s let’s watch this space and let’s see uh we’ll learn in episode 8 about some of the tricks uh that maybe he got up to uh maybe you know a copy world at uh in um wherever it was seven hills (a suburb of sydney) i think it was uh maybe uh we’ll learn a little bit about that so thanks for tuning in and we’ll talk to you next time on the many r’s podcast. if you’ve got any questions as i said give us a call 1300 32713 or go to our uh bottom right hand corner instant message uh us or instant chat with us on thank you

Many R’s Podcast – S1E6

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In this series Mark Smith of DC Partners (Solutions) Pty Ltd sets the scene and discusses those villains or possible villains that we’ll be discussing throughout the remainder of Season 1 and subsequent seasons.

Season 1, Episode 6 will focus on:

00:00 – Start, opening music 00:14 – Intro from Mark Smith

00:27 – contact details

00:37 – Personal chat with Mark Smith, what Mark Smith’s been up to and what’s been happening with the Many R’s Podcast

01:00 – Reflections on the Covid World and opportunities

01:25 – End of Law Degree studies and personal reflections

03:36 – outline of show contents

03:45 – more on show contents

03:57 – Bunnings Gift Cards

04:08 – Matthew James Taunton – MBO Estates / Abel Agencies Box Hill

04:20 – Hakan Kutup

04:22 – Mahony Law / John Mahony & Law Cover plus Ralph Paligaru and Amreeta Paligaru

04:40 – Mohan Kumar

04:45 – Philip Beazley, Greg Walker, Karen Vee Walker

05:00 – Automotive sector

05:43 – Franchising

05:58 – Receivers

06:06 – Caernarvon Cherry, Bonny Glen Fruits, Fiona & Bernard Hall of Biteriot Operations

06:16 – DCP Capital

06:26 – DCP Capital – tax debt lending

06:36 – Corporations Law and Company insolvency lending

07:36 – Lightspeed Mortgage Management

08:24 – Sydney & Orange offices

08:44 – DCP Capital – Orange Development fund and forthcoming information memorandum

09:04 – Look ahead to S1E7.

10:24 – Credits

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S01E06 podcast – transcript

season 1 episode 6 of the many R’s podcast welcome back it is uh wednesday the 16th of june 2021, my sister’s birthday, and i’m in uh freezing cold orange right at the moment but uh i’m as happy as larry and i look forward to telling you about that right now got any questions give us a call 1-300-327-123 or go to our website uh bottom right-hand corner uh dc partners dot solutions and uh click on the uh instant chat message thank you what a rusty introduction i’m very very sorry um it’s been a long time now i have been i’ve had probably the busiest uh few months in my life and today is wednesday the 16th of june  2021.

uh it is uh the afternoon i’m in orange at our new house actually believe it or not um we uh we’re we’re covid uh uh were covid safe out here and um look this covid thing has been wonderful and in lots of ways um and it’s it’s meant it’s freed up all sorts of reasons why uh you don’t need to be in sydney you don’t need to be in a capital city uh with the online world so here we are um at orange uh in my new studio and um my new home office and in studio and i’m looking out there’s snow out the window uh it’s it’s melted but uh it was snowing here uh several days ago and our property’s actually called snowgums so it’s been absolutely wonderful and why is it being wonderful well two days ago um one of the biggest events in my life uh came one of one of the biggest chapters in my life actually came to an end i’ve been studying a thing called a juris doctor which is a postgraduate law degree uh it’s a masters uh 24 um subjects um i’m a busy boy uh you know i’ve got an mba i’ve got uh businesses and uh been running litigation funding uh for a range of different people um and uh i’m a busy busy boy and i started in i think it was like the 17th of february 2014. i’m extremely privileged, i’m definitely white i’m middle-aged i’m male and i’ve been on a commonwealth supported place since um which is a which is a code for a subsidised law degree at THE best university well arguably the best university in australia and it has been a sensational sensational ride and i’m just so privileged and i know i’m privileged so um and apart from being white male and middle-aged and all that, we’re in a great part of the world and you know i’m just bubbling and enthusing with um happiness i uh i felt a huge relief um at the end of my studies and uh i was writing a 4000 word uh essay on the inviolability of the person uh which is very interesting and i’m happy to you know share with anyone or talk about it 1-300-327-123 i just couldn’t be happier so um i’ve got uh well we’ve got a very interesting program it’s just like a bit of a catch-up program and we’re not going to do our next episode until well we’re still in sydney so we’re partly in sydney and we’re partly in orange and um uh well it’s out of orange there you go but um uh we’re we’re on mount canobolas to be precise so uh have a look biggest mountain between sydney and uh perth it’s about 1 300m, we’re about one thousand meters above the sea level 1,004m there you go 1004m above sea level so that’s like Katoomba and it is just a sensational beautiful place and um we’re coming here on you know at the end of june 2021 we’re moving we’re um we’re keeping a base in sydney and uh we’re gonna spend a lot of time up here and there’s so many uh sort of interesting work options out here and uh look we’ll talk about some of those throughout the program so um this particular episode i hope you enjoyed it’s a bit different uh it’s been a while and i apologize i have i am a bit rusty uh but um let’s see how we go so what are we gonna talk about today well we’ve got some we’ve got some new villains um to talk about we’ve got some old villains who are coming back and uh let’s um well there’s the phone okay well we’ll cut a break there. okay well on the show today uh we’re going to i mentioned we’ve got some old and some new villains sorry there’s the camera we’ve got some old and some new villains so um

well this is going to surprise you, bunnings i’ve uh i’ll just run through the topics and then we’ll we’ll do a more detailed dive into them so bunnings and their gift cards this is uh property in the property area we’re going to catch up on a new villain we’ve got a new mate called matthew james taunton from um his business was called mbo estates um uh it’s now known as Abel Agency uh they’re out at the box hill in in sydney we’re going to catch up on hakan qatar got some news there uh Mahony law and john mahony and lore cover we’re going to talk on about them we’re going to catch up on the latest on ralph paligaru we’re not going to go too much into that because we’ll just give a general update we’re not going to talk about specific cases and we’re certainly not going to prejudice any cases but we’ll just have a quick update on the comings and goings of ralph paligaru um and Amreeta um um. Mohan Kumar. we’ll touch on him. philip beazley now he’s a lawyer john mahony is a lawyer as well but we’ve got phillip beazley who’s a lawyer for ah greg walker, so just very quickly we’re not going to slander anyone here but we’re going to quickly catch up on gregory uh john walker and karen v walker um. we’ve got an automotive um page a very good friend of mine is uh in the automotive business and um the automotive money lending business to be precise and uh some of you may know, i ruffled some feathers uh i um uh i wrote something and uh anyway i’ve got a tiny reaction so but uh look there’s there’s definitely smoke when you when you see smoke well there’s some often fire well there’s a lot of smoke here so uh we’re going to we’ll touch on about our website as well we’re doing some major revamp this is the benefit of finishing my law degree we’ll get heaps of time now so we can um uh sort of spend time getting some of these things right so yes there’s a motor dealers and an automotive page so we’re we’re very interested in shonky’s um in that uh in that line of business um. franchising um this is this is really uh what my uh my letter sort of touched a raw nerve wow. um okay but uh well we’re specifically talking about some changes to the franchise codes um i’ll give you links um in a moment uh we’ll very briefly touch on receivers um well liquidators and receivers are very quickly there we’ve got a little bit of news on our on our on our dear friends from Caernarvon Cherry and Bonny glen bernard and fiona hall um and uh. in the money business well we’re actually uh we’ve been doing some litigation funding for quite some time and so we are very very interested in the money space and uh our website you’ll see that um especially we’re certainly going to do something last year on tax debt lending um but uh watch this space because um we are very interested in in that and uh having just completed my law degree i did a lot of stuff on corporations law and um so the the tax debt uh lending is is more for company lending so um we’ve got a um we’ve got a business called dcp capital which we’ll talk about and there’ll be links in our website but uh uh coming out of covid and i’m sorry if that sounded insensitive i said that covid had been great uh it’s obviously been terrible and dreadful but um it’s um it’s changed the world uh there’s no doubt about that and uh coming out of it for better and worse um but uh coming out of it um uh well some some businesses um need help. so um you might wonder why do we do these blogs and um well we’re interested in people and we’re interested in you know people getting a fair crack and all the rest and um there’s many many businesses that um it’s now the 16th of june 2021.

i have no doubt that there’ll be a lot of activity with um our friends at the tax office and uh you know someone’s going to pay for the um you know the virus and uh generally that’s going to be done through the tax system in some way so we want to help people sort of meet their obligations um and so we’ve got a new product there. but in the money space we’ve got a um a company that has come to our attention called lightspeed lightspeed mortgage management i think they’re called and i’ll put up some links to lightspeed and i stumbled across this particular article i’m going to put a link to it is it’s very interesting i i um a friend of a friend

did some borrowing from well actually didn’t do the borrowing they got offered a loan from light speed but uh there were light speed in sending out the the court papers and uh

i’ll put up we’ll put up some information about these um these documents they’re quite stunning and this is we’ll explain how i speak to business and we’ll put in a link to the particular article that they caught my eye about lightspeed um and as i said we’re doing some work on our website now we are relocating um from sydney (to Orange) but we’re keeping a branch in sydney um and uh and i’ll certainly spend about four days a fortnight in sydney um and so what would that be about seven or eight days uh fortnight in orange and in the regions and getting work done uh so that i can come to sydney and um uh but you know there’s all sorts of opportunities oh sorry and back in orange um uh under our dcp capital arm uh there are some very very very good development opportunities so we’re putting together some funds some of you may know we had a litigation fund uh so we’re putting together some property funds and so there’s some very interesting uh there’s a information memorandum coming out in a few weeks so as i said this bit of a catch-up episode now we’ll get into the bunning situation. well it’s now actually the 2nd of july 2021, and um look for one reason or another we’re going to put all this content into uh episode 7 but uh we’ll just use this episode (episode 6) as a bit of a catch-up and uh i hope you enjoyed it so far um we talked about uh why they’ve been a huge delay for a couple of months between the last episode i think episode 5 we’ve just also published episode 4 um so look uh it’s been a hugely hugely busy time for me uh finishing studies um started in 2014 in february 2014 finishing those studies moving um place and you know in the last couple of days sydney’s gone into the lockdown uh so the timing probably uh really couldn’t be well it’s it’s terrible that the lockdown is very unfortunate but um uh getting out of sydney and at least for uh you know one at least the work part of the time out here in orange is you know a real opportunity so um we thought it was best to just publish the um this particular episode and then we’ll go on to season 1 episode 7 and we’ll talk about the bunning scam the uh catch up on some of our new and um emerging and some of our older villains uh which we’ll talk about in you know in much greater detail so uh tune in very very soon we’re going to start recording uh season 1 episode 7 very soon and uh that should hopefully be up in the next few days thanks very much, bye.

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How to become a Nuffield Scholar: fun facts


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Employer masterclass: lessons from Biteriot?

Fiona Hall, Biteriot, Caernarvon Cherry

Why are some Biteriot employees paid $70 per day, and other Biteriot workers working 27.5 hours day, 192 hours per week? What is the right level of employee remuneration / incentive in a pandemic, what can other farmers learn from Nuffield Scholar, Fiona Hall and master motivator Claudio Brown?

Whine or wine?

Renowned winetaster, Fiona Hall of Biteriot recently complained about the local workforce in Orange, NSW saying:

the inability of overseas backpackers … had led to staff shortages … they employed university and high school students …

“We had some good locals, but we [also] had some locals who did one day on, one day off [lacking] consistency,” ….

Mrs Hall said the government’s COVID-relief payments had not helped with the staff shortages.

“It wasn’t an incentive for people to go out and pick cherries,” she said.

What is really going on at Biteriot?

The writer wonders, given chief fruit picker Fiona Hall is involved in the phoenixing of 4 Bonny Glen companies in liquidation with DW Advisory – does Fiona feel her companies have paid sufficient tax to warrant the Government providing some kind of fruit growers exemption from the Covid relief package?

The writer also wonders what has changed?

At one stage, Biteriot had no trouble getting unemployed local teenagers to work picking fruit. A case in point is the worker known as Claudio Brown.

Claudio's payslip - Biteriot
Claudio’s payslip – Biteriot

Once upon a time Biteriot employed Claudio who, whilst still a minor, worked a total of 27.5hrs a day.

The writer observes that Claudio Brown paid no tax (perhaps the kind of incentive Fiona has in mind?)

Fiona wants to employ motivated staff like Claudio Brown???

The writer wonders why Fiona, an alleged Nuffield Scholar, doesn’t re-employ Claudio as a mentor to help “some locals” (as Fiona refers to them) lacking motivation…. Claudio works 27.5 hours per day.

Does Biteriot expect too much of locals?

Perhaps Mrs Hall, before criticising Orange locals, apart from employing Claudio Brown as a mentor, should she also perhaps consider a report from the employees perspective in today’s ABC (online)?

Extracted from a story on ABC – source:

The ABC article discusses potential motivational topics for Claudio Brown to coach SOME locals on:

What fruitpickers say (ABC):

ABC reported:

Nineteen-year-old Matthew Rolston bought a bus ticket … had the full backpacker experience — even staying in a hostel.

His first ever fruit-picking job was “actually rather enjoyable” at first.

“I kind of went through half a bottle of water, realised there was nowhere to fill it up and had to ration half a bottle of water for the rest of the day,” he said. …

Hostels cost more than wages earned

Things on the farm ended “rather sourly” for Mr Rolston when his wages for six 10-hour working days came through — three weeks after he first started.

A man sitting on the ground.

Luka said he made $280 in six days picking fruit.(Supplied)

“And then, when we did end up getting paid, we didn’t get the full amount,” he said.

“I was supposed to earn around $550, I ended up getting $450.

“There was no way that we’d be making over a $1,000.”

His friend Luka Wighton, who also worked on the farm, said he had gone along hoping for “a bit of an adventure” — but ended up feeling “a little bit taken advantage of”.

“It was exhausting work … I mean, I’d be fine with it, if it was more pay, but we were kind of at a loss,” he said.

His $280 wage — paid on piece-rate agreement — meant he paid more for his accommodation at the hostel than he earned, as did Mr Rolston.

“I didn’t expect to make much money, but I thought I’d go back with a little bit of a profit,” Mr Wighton said.

Chloe said she gets paid hourly and that her rate was about $14.

Jodie* was hesitant to share her tale of rejection under her real name … At times she said felt employers “danced around” the wage topic, tried to make the job sound “as unappealing as possible” or made “unreasonable” requests.

She said she was starting to think some farmers might prefer migrant workers to Australians because they would be less likely to complain about small wages.

“I feel like they don’t have the same sort of legal requirements around wages,” she said.

“I know a lot of them live on site and [employers] charge them accommodation and all that sort of stuff.”

What Biteriot employees are paid (SBS):

The writer observes Fiona Hall’s worker told SBS he was paid about $70 per day!

Not bad!

Biteriot - backpacker pay rates
Biteriot – backpacker pay rates – $70 per day …. …. see video @15m, 10seconds

Source: …. see video @15m, 10seconds

This is sharply different to the wage of under 18 year old local fruitpicker known as Claudio Brown – earning sometime $4800 per week (tax free) working 27.5 hours a day.

Despite the writer having an MBA, the writer would need to draw upon the expertise of Nuffield Scholar Fiona Hall to know which is the appropriate level of pay and incentive and what government incentives (or dis-incentives) should apply?

Claudio's payslip - Biteriot
Claudio’s payslip – Biteriot

What other Biteriot employees have to say?

The writer is unsure whether the below staff are working 27.5 hours per day or on a more conventional $70 per day pay rate? The writer notes however the following independent review on Biteriot via google:


Want to know more? Like to enrol in a Claudio Brown motivational course? Like to get better productivity from your picking team?

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Meet the Biteriot team: Claudio Cianfrano

Claudio Cianfrano

Meet Claudio Cianfrano, long-time member of the Biteriot & Caernarvon Cherry team. It is believed Claudio is also know as Claude Steven Cianfrano.

Claudio has been spraying the orchards since at least 2014 and previously worked for Bernard & Fiona Hall (although not officially on the Caernarvon Cherry payroll under his own name) at Caernarvon Cherry & Biteriot. Claudio is well in excess of 18 years old – the alleged age of Claudio Brown. Who is Claudio Brown?

Of recent times, since mid 2016, Claudio Cianfrano has had a working relationship with Guohao Chen of Topfruit China Australia. It is unknown whether Guohao Chen of Topfruit China Australia has any knowledge of who is Claudio Brown but it is believed Claudio Brown was the predecessor in the same job currently fulfilled by Claudio Cianfrano?

It is believed Claudio is also Claude Steven Cianfrano:

Click here to view ABN records.

Click here to view Dunn & Bradstreet records.

According to ABN records, Claudio or Claude trades as: PIETRO’S FRUIT AND VEG

Claudio, his brother Robert Cianfrano and others are allegedly in a partnership according to ABN records:

Click here to view ABN records of the partnership between Claudio and Robert Cianfrano (and others).

Audio of some of the rant (goes for 7 mins) can be heard here:

Claudio Cianfrano – Mad rant – Biteriot Caernarvon Cherry

This photography was recorded by dashcam on a public road in plain view of Claudio Cianfrano and Dave Evans.

Despite Dave Evans being a witness to Claudio’s rant – all caught on dashcam, over 7 mins long – Dave Evans told Constable Davis of Orange Police that Claudio Cianfrano wasn’t “trying to intimidate” (or words to that effect).

Youtube video (just part of the 7 minute rant) ….

Claudio Cianfrano – extract of Mad rant

More happy snaps of Claudio and the team at Biteriot, Caernarvon Cherry & Topfruit China Australia.