Traffic Program poured BILLION$ into COALITION Seats before May Election

Catherine King MP@CatherineKingMP·It’s a rort on a nuclear scale! How can the PM justify 83 percent of the $3 billion Urban Congestion Fund going to Liberal seats or target seats? He can’t! #auspol

Traffic program poured billions into Coalition seats before election

Analysis has revealed 83 per cent of cash doled out under an Urban Congestion Fund went to Coalition-held seats and those targeted by the Government in the lead up to the May election.

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The $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund was designed to reduce traffic gridlock and remove bottlenecks that slow down commuters.

But an analysis of more than 160 projects funded under the scheme reveals 144 projects83 per cent — were located on roads in Coalition or marginal Labor seats that the government thought it could win.

In NSW, more than 76 per cent of the $541 million allocated went to projects in Liberal-held seats or marginal Labor electorates.’

Of 160 projects funded under the scheme, 83 per cent were located for roads in Coalition or marginal Labor seats that the government thought it could win.
Of 160 projects funded under the scheme, 83 per cent were located for roads in Coalition or marginal Labor seats that the government thought it could win.

In Western Sydney, the Coalition couldn’t find any traffic bottlenecks to fix in the safe Labor electorates of:

-Blaxland, Chifley, Fowler, Greenway, Parramatta, Werriwa and Watson.

But more serious problems in the battleground of:

-Lindsay — which it won

-with the Penrith area picking up four projects worth $118.5 million

-6 projects totalling more than $80M funded in Liberal marginal seat of Banks and $50M in Warringah

‘In an echo of the so-called “Sports Rorts” scandal that saw Bridget McKenzie forced to step down as a minister, while more than 20 urban seats held by Labor missed out entirely, not one Liberal-held marginal city seat missed out.

Construction has started on just four projects, with 70 to start this year.’

Labor’s infrastructure spokeswoman Catherine King accused the government of using billions for its “own political purposes. Picture: AAP
Labor’s infrastructure spokeswoman Catherine King accused the government of using billions for its “own political purposes. Picture: AAP

-applications are not subject to a competitive grants process unlike sporting grants

‘Instead state governments, local councils and federal MPs can make representations to the government for funding. It is not known how many local and state governments requested funding in Labor seats but the government said only one Labor MP — Graham Perrett from the marginal seat of Moreton — asked for cash.’

-the government submitted two-thirds of the projects were election commitments

-Catherine King accused the government of using billions for its “own political purposes”.

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Slowdown in pace of housing developments unevenly spread across Sydney

Mosman and Hunters Hill recall were only to have an extra 300 and 150 dwellings respectively … so does a 40% cut mean as little as 70 – 130 dwellings for these Council areas?

In May 2019 the NSW Planning Department’s housing supply estimates revealed Ryde would have an extra 10,000 new dwellings by 2023 to squeeze in thousands of new residents.

A 46 per cent increase in the State Government’s housing demands for Ryde, following the previous five-year forecast to 2021 of 7600 new dwellings.

THIS is despite the high-rise precincts of Macquarie Park including Herring Road, Waterloo Road, Talavera Road and the encroachment now of replacing the walk-ups; Top Ryde; North Ryde; Gladesville; the Godzillas of Meadowbank; and now more higher density for West Ryde and Eastwood!

Yet another 8550 dwellings proposed! A mere cut of 10%?

Will that mean not only the fugly Duplex but rows of the Manor House (blocks of flats) from the intro of the Medium-Density Housing Code?
… and granny flats tacked on the back of the yard when builders do a reno?


LOOKS like a ‘granny flat’ is all our families can look forward to as they are priced out by ‘HOT MONEY’ …

THAT’s the Population Ponzi just there …

WHAT will be our Saviour from the Property Mafia … will it too come from China? In the form of a Pandemic? Is that what it will come down to?


The Australian Property Mafia … Part 1

Slowdown in pace of housing developments unevenly spread across Sydney

By Matt O’Sullivan and Nigel Gladstone

February 24, 2020

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The pace of housing construction across Sydney is expected to shift dramatically over the next five years, with a boom forecast in some areas and a slowdown in others including the northern suburbs.

Amid concerns about the scale of development, the government’s latest forecast shows 5700 fewer homes are set to be built over the next five years than was predicted two years ago.

Forecasts for three areas in Sydney’s north – Mosman, Hunters Hill and Hornsby – have been cut by at least 40 per cent on those predicted in the 2017-18 financial year.

The pace of housing construction is slowing in Sydney.
The pace of housing construction is slowing in Sydney. CREDIT:JAMES ALCOCK

New dwellings at Ryde are forecast to fall by 10 per cent to 8550 over the next five years, compared with that forecast two years ago. The pullback comes after campaigning by Liberal Minister Victor Dominello against the scale of development in his electorate.

But the forecasts for Liverpool, Wollondilly, Woollahra, the Blue Mountains and Fairfield have surged by at least 54 per cent.

The government forecasts 191,050 dwellings to be built in Sydney over the next five years, down from the 196,750 predicted two years ago.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said development was taking place at different rates in response to planning, infrastructure and market activity.

“In greenfield areas where we are planning for significant growth, we expect development to take place at higher rates as the planning process unfolds,” he said.

Areas earmarked for the most development over the next five years include Blacktown (18,700 new dwellings), Parramatta (17,800), City of Sydney (13,650), Cumberland (12,650), Liverpool (12,750), the Hills (12,700), Camden (10,900) and Bayside (10,000).

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Mr Dominello, the Member for Ryde, said he was pleased about the reduction in targets for his local area “given the explosive growth that we have had up until this point”.

“I’m not against development – I’m against over development,” he said.

“If you start multiple villas and multiple terraces in suburbia, where are they going to park on streets? I would much rather see density around railway stations.”

The forecasts show 10 times as many homes are expected to be built at Blacktown over the next five years than the northern beaches.

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In contrast, Liverpool in the south-west is forecast to have 12,750 dwellings built over the next five years, a 72 per cent rise on that predicted two years ago.

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said the area was experiencing record levels of development as it had large greenfield sites, a CBD rezoned for high-rise mixed-use buildings and was an “attractive, affordable destination for many migrants”.

Cr Waller said major infrastructure projects such as the $740 million upgrade of Liverpool Hospital were starting to “address the deficit experienced by people in south-west Sydney for far too long”.

Bill Randolph, the director of the University of NSW’s City Futures, said the change in forecasts for new homes likely reflected a slowdown in the apartment market, adding that it would still be a “big ask” to deliver about 41,000 dwellings annually in Sydney over the next five years.

Professor Randolph said a reduction in large industrial sites meant it would become harder to develop high-density areas in inner and middle suburbs of Sydney.

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“It’s getting harder now to win the local political battle in getting urban renewal through now that we are running out of the big old industrial sites,” he said.

The NSW Department of Planning said a combination of factors, including rates of development approval and construction, and changes in economic and market conditions, could result in minor variations to housing supply forecasts.

“Proximity to new transport infrastructure and employment hubs, and the release of greenfield sites, impacts housing supply forecasts in different [local government areas],” it said.

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Matt O’Sullivan is City Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.

Nigel Gladstone

Nigel Gladstone is The Sydney Morning Herald’s data journalist.




The Australian Property ‘Family’ …

The Australian Property Mafia … Part 1


Photo: Harry Triguboff: The Urban Developer

On searching we found this description:

“The Don is the head of the organisation … a dictator who has the power to order anything and everything from anyone in the ‘Family’.”


Photo: The Urban Developer on Meriton entering the Melbourne market.

Harry Triguboff … could he have instigated the Property Ponzi?

THE Founder of Meriton, Australia’s most prolific apartment developer, Harry Triguboff.

When interviewed on ‘One Plus One’ by Jane Hutcheon when she enquired if Harry had a hand in the way the Sydney landscape has changed he responded:

“Well, since I am not a modest person I say I had the biggest hand in it because I devoted myself to Sydney. I did a little bit in Queensland, but absolutely I am Sydney!”

In an interview with Robert Harley from the Australian Financial Review in October 2016 Harry said he was not worried about the oversupply of apartments … ‘There will be oversupply when rents are going down … ‘Then I will bring in more migrants’. Said Mr Triguboff!


Apparently the Federal Government does not set the Migrant quotas! But the Don does!

THIS is how Harry, it seems, has been able to continue to source his client base from China and its 1.4 Billion population when interviewed by the AFR in July 2017 Harry said:

“The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.


So Harry not only runs NSW through the Urban Taskforce Australia, but through his business model in high immigration and economies of scale!


Property billionaire Lang Walker says greenfield estate areas are particularly undersupplied. Photo: Edwina Pickles


The Lieutenant is described as the second-in-command in the organisational hierarchy of the Australian Property Family … the M.fia?

His level of authority varies … is that because others too from the developer lobby groups, the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Taskforce Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia … are all ready to stand in for The Don (the Boss) at any given moment?

It could be that Lang is the second most powerful man in the M.fia. However, the Boss is the only one that has power and authority over the Lieutenant (the UnderBoss).

IF the Don dies (86) … normally the UnderBoss would take the reigns … but hey he doesn’t look to be far behind? Oh, he’s only 73 or 74 … all that wealth, power and authority is ageing …

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Photo: Daily Telegraph

DOES it seem that The Mob are ensuring Sydney runs out of land having driven the Librats Population Ponzi? As they promote ‘the end of the backyard‘! Their population Ponzi has fuelled the explosion of apartment precincts across Sydney … and land is expected to run out within a decade!

When billionaire developer Lang Walker talks property, everyone listens. In June 2019 Lang’s hot tip for the future … Masterplanned Communities of house and land packages … the consequence sadly … the destruction of the Koala habitat, urban fringe farmlands of the Macarthur and Wollondilly.

Lang: ‘Now those old-time big blocks have been cut into three …

Are greenfield areas (the Greenfield Housing Code allowing lots as tiny as 200M X 6M wide) under-supplied because they cannot meet the foreign demand? Cough … cough …

With China’s Country Garden developing in Wilton

And China’s Dahua in Bardia and Menangle Park

THIS SUMMER’s Bushfires have shredded core koala habitat, the campaign to protect the crucial colony west of Sydney has become even more important!

IT is up to the People of Australia to demand a stop to The Mob’s overdevelopment and destruction for their foreign buyer market … time to Lobby … it can start in your street! And spread across the Nation … there are still more of us than ‘the $uits’

WHO IS ‘THE CONSIGLIERE’ … the Advisor, or Counselor?

The Right-hand Man, is it Meriton’s General Counsel, Joseph Callaghan?

Because Joseph is very powerful in the Meriton organisation, he must be a close and trusted friend and confidant of the Family Boss, The Don, for strategic information, diplomatic counsel, and sound advice.

The Consigliere is someone who the Boss trusts and goes to for advice, counsel or information regarding the organization, operations, or businesses.

Unlike the underboss, the consigliere is chosen solely for his abilities and the amount of vast knowledge, and intelligence he possesses. Generally, only the boss and underboss have more authority than the consigliere in the property family … the m.fia …

The Consigliere is very powerful in the command hierarchy, he is the “third in command”.

THUS … a summons was filed in the Land and Environment Court of NSW against four respondents – the Premier of NSW; the Minister for Planning; Secretary for the Department of Planning & Environment and the Greater Sydney Commission.

AND a Media Release was issued!

Closing with the threat …

‘There is a bigger picture here. A thriving residential construction industry is a key indicator of the economic success of NSW, but both sides of politics seem to be in a race to the bottom when it comes to stirring up anti-development sentiment. They show no real leadership on this issue and I tell you one thing, they’re going to miss the stamp duty when it’s gone.”


THE DON … using the threat of the loss of stamp duty coffers to maintain the enormous wealth of the Property Titans (the M.fia … )as they destroy where we live … with high-rise slums or terraces as many as 10 on a 600M2 lot … meaning Millions X Sewage … as the Communists displace our Communities …




The China Vision Times writes with hubris …

AUSTRALIAN HOMES are being ‘banked‘, demolished for medium-density

IT was put about early in the term of the NSW Libs that SYDNEY WAS GROWING … we have to have higher density to meet the population growth … that this would be addressed by developing high-rise Precincts near railway stations, and on bus routes …

BUT that has not been enough … with Millions of ‘buyers’ overseas …

Former Urban Taskforce CEO, Chris Johnson in a 2018 media release reported that ‘30% of dwellings in Sydney are apartments with 14% being townhouses and 55% detached houses.

By 2024 the detached homes will have dropped to 49% and apartments grown to 34%.

In 40 years-time apartments are predicted to be 50% of Sydney’s homes with 25% as townhouses and 25% as detached houses.

WHERE have all the buyers come from? For both high-rise and urban sprawl … as our Australian Heritage and neighbourhoods are demolished for ‘Exempt and Complying Development’ … of terraces, townhouses, triplex and duplex

‘The Chinese Vision Times‘ writes:

‘ … almost 4.2 million people moved to Australia between 1945 and 1985. These people built homes inspired by their European backgrounds and contributed heavily to the aesthetic and architectural culture of Australia. Today, these post-war homes are increasingly being demolished.’

(Image: Screenshot / YouTube)

Property prices in Australia have almost rebounded back to their peak levels after falling for several months. (Image: Screenshot / YouTube)

WITH yet another surge of overseas buyers from China and Hong Kong …

NOW one reads in ‘The Chinese Vision Times‘ ‘Good Ol’ Post-War Australian Homes Face the Bulldozer. ‘ writes in its very confident way …

With such hubris

Australian’s today have no use for such big homes so they are being bulldozed.

(Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Australian’s today have no use for such big homes so they are being bulldozed. (Image: via pixabay CC0 1.0)

And there have been so many beautiful Heritage and Mid-Century homes bulldozed for fugly development of duplex, townhouses and terraces now devouring where we live as more fly in … to launder their ‘hot money’ for their Permanent Residency



Strathfield Mayor and property developer Antoine Doueihi defends the Mob Rule on Councils

The Liberal Party voted down a 2017 Labor push to ban property developers from councils, but is considering putting in ban before September’s local government elections.

IT would seem obvious that their family members, business associates and political lobbyists should equally be banned!

PERHAPS this is now being floated by the Libs following World-wide media reports of … tottering towers … the Opal Tower … Mascot Towers … toxic sites … damp … mould … water ingress … cracks … defective wiring … combustible cladding and Towering Infernos … the buyer resistance with ‘new apartments’ 85% defective on completion …

STRATHFIELD has boulevardes of beautiful Australian Heritage Homes now threatened by the Berejiklian Grubment rezoning, and higher density of high-rise and medium-density of terraces … perhaps a step too far even for this government?

AND if this MOB are not banned from Councils … how will the Berejiklian Government even make their way out of this mess … this time?

Liberal mayor: ‘Brothel owners treated better than developers’

Strathfield Mayor and property developer Antoine Doueihi’s argument that brothel owners are being treated better than property developers within the Liberal Party has been slammed as “crass and illogical”.

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‘Strathfield Mayor and property developer Antoine Doueihi has blasted his party’s moves to ban property developers and real estate agents from running on local councils.

The 70-year-old — who recently completed a 24-unit development in Sutherland worth at least $15 million said property developers are okay to be on councils “as long as they are not being bribed by someone”.

Strathfield Liberal Mayor Antoine Doueihi.
Strathfield Liberal Mayor Antoine Doueihi.

“So a brothel owner can sit on the local council but a property developer can’t,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.

“According to this idea, it doesn’t matter if he is a brothel owner. I don’t think this idea will survive in the high court.

“You can’t live without property developers; they build everyone’s home.”

*Mr Doueihi, who was endorsed by the NSW Liberal Party so sit on both Strathfield and Burwood councils, is still being investigated by the NSW Office of Local Government for not declaring his interest in at least 11 companies.

*The investigation into 20-year Liberal Party member has been running since December 2018 and relates to failures to declare property interests on his pecuniary interests register.

-Mr Doueihi said his decision not to contest the upcoming local government elections is because of “family reasons”; unrelated to the OLG investigation

-that it is not related to the party’s push from Don Harwin to ban property developers from running on councils

Strathfield Deputy Mayor Matthew Blackmore does not agree with Antoine Doueihi’s comments about developers.
Strathfield Deputy Mayor Matthew Blackmore does not agree with Antoine Doueihi’s comments about developers.

Strathfield Council Deputy Mayor Matthew Blackmore said:

“Property developers by nature are intimately involved with local councils for their daily business – brothel owners are not,” Mr Blackmore said.

“Brothel owners have also not been banned from making donations to political parties since 2009.”

-2013 Mr Doueihi was fined $43,000 by the L & E Court after pleading guilty to carrying out development without development consent

-four additional boarding house rooms were added to his Burwood Road, Burwood development; for a potential net extra income of $hundreds of thousands

Strathfield Liberal Mayor Antoine Doueihi (right) with Liana Allen (middle) and lobbyist Joe Tannous (left).
Strathfield Liberal Mayor Antoine Doueihi (right) with Liana Allen (middle) and lobbyist Joe Tannous (left).

-often seen with Liberal Party insider and lobbyist Joe Tannous but denies doing business with him

‘The Liberal Party voted down a 2017 Labor push to ban property developers from councils, but is considering putting in ban before September’s local government elections.

A senior Liberal told The Sunday Telegraph “information like the Antoine Doueihi matter will weigh heavily on the decision of the Liberal Party about whether to endorse candidates at the local government elections in September”.’




FOMO is back for Sydney First Home Buyers as Prices Rise

FEAR OF MISSING OUT! SO SAD! We saw their glum faces yesterday … among them young professionals competing with buyers from overseas at ‘Open Houses’ across Sydney yesterday … Saturday …

RE Agent says

“There are people who are feeling like they’ve missed the boat or are going to if they don’t purchase straight away. I don’t know where that’s come from.”


WHAT the real estate sector don’t talk about …

With the corrupt SCUMMO government exemption from Anti-Money Laundering Laws for Real Estate Gatekeepers … inticing your foreign clients to launder their ‘Hot Black Money’ in Australia’s domestic housing … no doubt there is much fear and loathing among aspiring Australian First Home Buyers!

THIS is apart from competing with more Australian FHBs entering the market …

AUSTRALIA … what do you reckon? How much longer do we put up with this B.S.?


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AUSTRALIA … what do you reckon? How much longer do we put up with this B.S.?

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‘Fear of missing out’ back for Sydney first-home buyers as prices rise


First-home buyers are pressing ahead with their dreams of home ownership, rushing to buy in inner and middle-ring suburbs as rapid price growth threatens to push them further out of reach.

The number of first-home buyers jumping into the market and how much they are prepared to borrow has soared in recent months, as Sydney prices continue to rebound.

“There’s definitely a fear of missing out,” said Tom Scarpignato of Belle Property Neutral Bay

“There are people who are feeling like they’ve missed the boat or are going to if they don’t purchase straight away. I don’t know where that’s come from.” ‘

First-home buyer numbers in NSW are at their highest level since 2012

-ABS latest lending figures show

-the average loan size in December was up more than 15 per cent year-on-year

-stamp duty exemptions and concessions for first-home buyers for properties up to $650,000 and $850,0000 respectively; up more than 25 per cent

Sydney first-home buyers quick to take up the federal First Home Loan Deposit Scheme; with as little as a 5 per cent deposit

-about 1100 first-home buyers; more than half are above 30

-in Sydney just over one-third of homes sell under the $700,000 scheme cap

-less than 3500 scheme spots remain; an additional 10,000 to be released from July

-the lower north shore is one of the hardest areas to break into; among a dozen regions where 12 per cent or fewer properties sold under the cap

-Manly and its surrounding suburbs had the least opportunity; with 1.9 per cent of property sales below the cap

-followed by the Baulkham Hills, Pittwater and Leichhardt regions

‘But that’s not stopping first-home buyers getting into such markets, with 70 stamp duty exemptions and concessions granted for the lower north shore over the same period.

The majority, though, have to spend well over the caps, unless they want an unrenovated one-bedroom unit or studios, Mr Scarpignato says, with first-home buyers generally spending from $900,000 right up to $1.6 million, which would secure a two-bedroom apartment or a one-bedroom with parking.

“Even in some of the more expensive areas there are a decent share of units being sold under the cap, but of course that proportion is falling quite rapidly,” said Domain economist Trent Wiltshire.

Almost 30 per cent of apartments sold in inner Sydney were under the cap, as were about one-third of units in and around Marrickville and Botany and half of apartments in the Ryde region and Cronulla area.

However the pool of eligible properties across Sydney would shrink to about 27 per cent of homes if the current rate of price growth continued, Mr Wiltshire said. Add further competition from potential interest rate cuts and another 10,000 scheme spots, and first-home buyers are feeling the pressure to get in.

In the Ashfield area, where almost two-thirds of units are selling below the cap, Jackson Cox of Richard Matthews Real Estate is seeing huge first-home buyer demand, particularly for older units.

“I’m seeing more than double the first-home buyers … than what there was at the end of last year,” he said. “I think that there’s probably quite a bit of urgency.

“They’re really trying to target that $650,000 price point to avoid stamp duty, but will go up to $700,000 if they can,” he said, noting an auction for a two-bedroom unit last week drew four first-home buyers who pushed the price up to $699,000.

Tom Armstrong
Tom Armstrong is among more than 6000 first-home buyers who have qualified for the government’s first-home buyer loan scheme. Photo: Peter Rae

Among them is Tom Armstrong, who has three months to buy with his scheme spot. While “super small” apartments in the city were not completely out of reach, he quickly decided to turn his search to Ashfield and Croydon in the inner west, then further afield to Parramatta to try to get a two-bedroom apartment.

“It’s been pretty full-on, a lot of [the properties] have line-ups at the door, especially the inner west ones,” the 30-year-old said. “I definitely want to get in as soon as possible while there is stuff I like, three months isn’t that long if you’re too picky.”

While most scheme spots nationally were being used to buy houses, Mr Armstrong said that was not viable in Sydney unless you moved really far out.

Mr Wiltshire said the government would likely need to revise price caps next year if it continued with the scheme, but noted this might only put further upward pressure on prices.

“Yes, it will help those people that get to use the scheme, get into the market earlier … but overall it’s not really helping housing affordability because it’s pushing prices up.”

Aris Dendrinos of Richardson & Wrench Hurlstone Park said two-bedroom apartments in the Marrickville area had pushed over the cap in recent months, leaving many first-home buyers disappointed.

“It’s very challenging now to be getting a two-bedroom apartment for that price, and that’s pretty confronting. I helped buyers get similar apartments for $610,000 six months ago,” he said.

Mr Dendrinos said he was increasingly seeing first-home buyers compromise on the size of the apartment they wanted, or looking to borrow more, because they didn’t want to change their location.’

What is available for first-home buyers?
Percentage of property type sold below the price caps
Capital cityFHLDS price capHousesUnits/apartmentsAll dwellings
Notes: all residential properties sold with a recorded price, 1 July to 31 December 2019. Capital cities are Greater Capital City Statistical Areas. Source: Domain Group.




Mystery surrounds the $60 million Chinese owned vacant estates of Toorak

The Mansion on St George’s Road TOORAK was flattened 4 years ago DESPITE its Heritage Listing …

The last time the property was up for sale was in 2013; a couple paid $18M for it and then demolished it in 2015.

That caused much controversy in this community as many considered this Mansion to be the centrepiece of this very lavish street.

-the site is up for grabs with an asking price of $40M

-the local community action group have expressed the desire for a single dwelling of two storeys

‘the sale is happening off the market’

WHAT does this mean?

-is it selling or has it already been sold without public advertising?

-what is the urgency for an immediate sale?

-are the vendors in trouble with the CCP?

HOW likely is it that they would be in trouble with the Australian authorities when the Real Estate Sector is exempt from Anti-Money Laundering Laws?


Mystery surrounds the $60 million Chinese-owned vacant estates of Toorak

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Nearly $60 million worth of real estate in one of Toorak’s most-exclusive streets has been reduced to a patch of dirt, with mystery surrounding what’s going to happen to it.

On well-heeled St Georges Road, where two grand mansions once stood side by side, sits a couple of Melbourne’s priciest vacant blocks after bulldozers razed both properties.

Melbourne real estate records were smashed a few years ago when a Chinese buyer paid just under $40 million for the 1920s Mowbray mansion at 18 St Georges Road.

The gates of Mowbray remain after a 1930s mansion was knocked down in Toorak.
The gates of Mowbray remain after a 1930s mansion was knocked down in Toorak.CREDIT:LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI

The palatial six-bedder, sitting on 5000sqm with a swimming pool and tennis court, succumbed to the dozer blade in recent months after it was damaged by fire and vandals started getting inside the vacant property.

The gates bearing the Mowbray name are still standing.


Palatial spreads kept empty? That’s rich

Title documents show the property belongs to a buyer by the name of Qi Yang. The Australian Financial Review reported at the time that Mr Qi won Foreign Investment Review Board approval to buy the land, which came with a hefty $5 million stamp duty bill.

The City of Stonnington said no plans had been lodged for the property after a demolition permit was granted in May last year.

The vacant block at 16 St Georges Road in Toorak.
The vacant block at 16 St Georges Road in Toorak.CREDIT:TOM COWIE

Under the council’s planning scheme, a building permit is only required for two or more dwellings or a subdivision.

There is no sign of tradies next door either, since the Idylwilde mansion was controversially torn down in 2015, prompting an outcry in the community over lost heritage.

Bought for $18.5 million in 2013, the former landmark 1913 estate at 16 St Georges Road is now chock full of weeds and surrounded by security fencing.

*The lack of action has prompted speculation about landbanking.

The former house at 16 St Georges Road, Toorak.
The former house at 16 St Georges Road, Toorak.

*Owner Xiaoyan “Kylie” Bao put the property on the market last year with a $40 million plus price guide after plans to build a grand $18 million home were shelved.

However, one buyers’ advocate who deals with high-end property said the owner would be lucky to get anywhere near that.

The Idylewilde mansion was destroyed in 2015.
The Idylewilde mansion was destroyed in 2015.CREDIT:EDDIE JIM

“They paid way over the top,” the property watcher said.

Those two vacant blocks could soon be joined by another, if a third mansion is demolished further down the street.

A 7200sqm block at 29-31 St Georges Road is quietly up for sale after sitting dormant for nearly three decades.

*The rumoured asking price is as much as $75 million, after the property was bought by the Yu family for $5 million in 1991.

A chunk of change like that would obliterate the property record established by Mowbray and later eclipsed when Australia’s former government house, Stonington in Malvern, sold for $52.5 million in 2018.

The former Mowbray mansion at 18 St Georges Road in Toorak.
The former Mowbray mansion at 18 St Georges Road in Toorak.

Several planning applications have been knocked back over the years to build units on the land, however there might finally be a change of ownership around the corner.

A half-built French Renaissance-style house on the land would probably be knocked over, according to selling agent Andrew Baines.

“It’s purely land,” he said.

The tennis court, pool and mansion are no more at 18 St Georges Road.
The tennis court, pool and mansion are no more at 18 St Georges Road.CREDIT:LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI

Toorak Village Residents Action Group president Eddie Young said the neighbours were waiting to see what would happen with the properties.

He said he had been told that a single dwelling would be built at 18 St Georges Road, which locals were pleased with.

Next door, however, was another story.

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Tom Cowie

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HOW did the REAL ESTATE GATEKEEPERS weasel their way out of the Second Tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws?

A Paris-based financial group has warned Asian criminals are laundering money through the Australian property market.

Photo: Daily Telegraph: May 2018; A Paris-based financial group has warned Asian criminals are laundering money through the Australian property market.

COMMUNITY ACTION ALLIANCE FOR NSW (CAAN) provides a a recent Chronology of how this took place!

IN July 2018 … The Law Council of Australia opposed the extension of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws, the second tranche of the Legislation.

Executive board member Konrad de Kerloy said lawyers were already heavily regulated and the implementation of new AML laws would fall on professionals in rural and regional Australia.

“Whilst no lawyers want to be involved in wittingly or unwittingly in money laundering, the question is really, does the cost justify the imposition of an extra layer of regulation on lawyers?” Mr Konrad said.

The Real Estate Institute of Australia is also concerned about the cost of new legislation.

President Malcolm Gunning said the institute supports changes to AML laws but said real estate agents will need training to bring them up to speed.

“The Real Estate Institutes are not opposed to it, but the concern is the responsibility that goes with it and the education that is required to be able to enact that,” he told the Business in an interview.

Real estate agents aren’t lawyers, they don’t study the law in depth, so if we are to be gatekeepers as with the conveyancers and say, necessarily the accountants and the advisers, then we need to be better educated.”

CAAN:  This begs the question if ‘Real Estate Agents’ are not lawyers … and it is submitted that they will need training to bring them up to speed on the AML … how come they can command such excessive commissions?

Is their very large commission solely based on the inflated cost of housing?  Cough … cough …

Their job is not up there with the complex work of a Solicitor, a Doctor, a Structural Engineer, or an Architect …

The real estate agent has access behind the Great Firewall to an exclusive audience of Chinese buyers on

Chinese Australian Dwelling Investment Tracker with title


There are numerous Chinese newspapers circulated esp. in Sydney largely advertising Australian Real Estate including ‘The Chinese Vision Times’ and the ‘Epoch Times’ … and there are Chinese Property Papers … FFS!

After the Second World War, millions of people moved to Australia and built homes inspired by their European backgrounds. (Image: wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)

Photo: From ‘The Chinese Vision Times‘; Good Ol’ Post-War Australian Homes Face the Bulldozer. ‘ … almost 4.2 million people moved to Australia between 1945 and 1985. These people built homes inspired by their European backgrounds and contributed heavily to the aesthetic and architectural culture of Australia. Today, these post-war homes are increasingly being demolished.’

NOTE … all too numerous attractive mid-Century and Heritage homes have been demolished to make way for redevelopment and a ‘Permanent Resident Visa’

A historic mansion at 16 St Georges Street in Toorak, south-east Melbourne, has been suddenly demolished on Wednesday morning
Angry neighbours awoke on Wednesday morning to find the stately home with heritage significance partially demolished

Photos: The Daily Mail before and after demolition:

AUSTRALIA … What does that tell you? Cough … cough … as the ‘Race Card’ is pulled …

(Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Photo: The Chinese Vision Times; Australian’s today have no use for such big homes so they are being bulldozed. (Image: via pixabay CC0 1.0)

AUSTRALIAN HOMES are being ‘banked‘, demolished for redevelopment of more medium-density to house foreign buyers particularly from China and Hong Kong

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CAAN Photo: 10 Townhouse development by Chinese developer where there was a home and a market garden.

With access to the Australian press, social media including WeChat, agency websites, and videos promoting sales … Real Estate is not rocket science … nor is it difficult with open house sessions.

We did a search and came up with this information …

IN NSW the average commission is 2.46 per cent of e.g. a property priced at $775,000 would cost $16,275 in Agent’s commission. Agents can charge a flat fee or a tiered commission (based on a percentage of the sale price)

Some agents include advertising and marketing costs in their commission, while for others this is an additional fee.

Search for: typical real estate agent fees

View: ‘Australia a place of choice for Money Laundering due to lack of Regulation: ANZ’

Malcolm Gunning from the Real Estate Institute of Australia smiles at the camera.

Malcolm Gunning; ABC News: Sue Lannin

This is the same Malcolm Gunning ... who proposed in September 2018 ‘Get two jobs’ and the Propertygandist’s advice for people struggling to pay rent

Was he gunning for Aussies? … Not only does he propose Millennials work two jobs … where the bloody hell are the jobs? Yet he implies “migrants” are more industrious.

IT would seem the “generation selfish” Gunning is talking about are Millennial RE AGENTS cruising around in their BEAMERS & AUDIS … in their designer suits splashing out on international holidays and smashed Avo … or is that passe?

*In October 2018 … unbeknowns to most …

‘The Scomo Govt exempted (excluded) the Real Estate Gatekeepers from the Anti-Money Laundering Laws in October 2018’ *

-real estate agents, lawyers and accountants

Enabling the Real Estate Gatekeepers to continue to market and seal deals with foreign buyers particularly in China and Hong Kong, and allowing the foreign buyers to splash their cash, their ‘hot money’ in our domestic housing to gain a Permanent Residency Visa along with Medicare benefits!

Following in February 2019 it was reported in the Australian Financial Review that REAL ESTATE AGENTS with the backing of the Law Council of Australia pulled off this Sting …

They were able to weasel their way out of this legislation allegedly on the basis that ‘imposing the full AML/CTF (the second tranche of the AML Laws) may create conflicts with the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality and the principle of client professional privilege!

President of the Law Council of Australia Arthur Moses, SC, said their profession was already extensively regulated by the states and territories under a comprehensive and robust regulatory system.

“The Law Council is concerned that imposing the full AML/CTF regulatory regime may create conflicts with the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality and the principle of client professional privilege, as well as increasing the cost of legal services to the community,” he said.

CAAN asked these questions

WHY is it with the purchase of real estate there should be some difference compared to buying or selling a vehicle, why is it different?

Why is it difficult to apply laws to the purchase of real estate?

Why is that compromising a lawyer?  Why should real estate be any different to any other matter?

If there are laws governing real estate so be it.  It should not make any difference to a lawyer. If lawyers have a matter before them that involves a crime they have two choices:

-do it for their client knowing their risk

-not do it

View:  ‘Labor to Target Lawyers, Accountants, Real Estate Agents’

In June 2019 the new President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, Adrian Kelly said that others should also bear the regulatory burden.

“We are working with government on an approach that minimises the impact on agents because much of the information can be sought from others involved in the transaction process, including the banks and their conveying process.”

Further, Mr Kelly said they had been working with governments on any changes and that “in essence, we don’t have a problem” with Tranche 2 of the legislation.

“But what we do need to remember is that most estate agencies across Australia are very small businesses … we need to be mindful of the costs and red tape which might come about from whatever changes government decides,” he said.

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CAAN Photo: Mid Century home demolished to be replaced by fugly medium-density redevelopment

WHERE is the mindfulness concerning the inflated cost of housing beyond the means of very many Australians? ... A Whole Cohort of Australians … pushed aside by foreign ‘black money’ laundering in our domestic housing market … with buyers particularly from China and Hong Kong and their Proxies taking over our suburbs, communities, neighbourhoods, and shopping centres … and the jobs?

WHAT NEXT AUSTRALIA? Before we are finished …

ACCC clears Chinese takeover of brands like Dairy Farmers and Big M

PLEASE … Boycott these brands! Seek alternatives of Jalna, Tamar Valley for yoghurt; Farmers Own (NSW Manning Valley) for milk; other Australian-owned dairy, and Juice productscheck the labels!

THIS article should have been front page headlines! Not hidden away in the Business Section!

WHAT is it with the unrelenting ‘SALE OF AUSTRALIA’?

WE thought the idea was for AUSTRALIA to be the FOOD BOWL FOR ASIA … meaning we OWNED AND OPERATED OUR DAIRY AND AGRICULTURE … and onsold Our Products to China and elsewhere thus keeping the profits in Australia …


IT would be great to see the FIRB redeem itself … thank you Andrew Wilkie … otherwise this TAKE-OVER will …

-reduce Australian ownership of our dairy market to a few smaller regional firms who are unable to compete on a national scale; this should have been opposed by the ACCC

-reduce Australian sovereignty in a key industry so the FIRB must oppose this buyout

JUST goes to show the lease/sale of the PORT OF DARWIN to a foreign corporation will be easily eclipsed by this buyout!

Disgraceful … we are witnessing the wholesale sell-off of the assets of Australia, a time we will live to regret!

WHY should we line the pockets of COMMUNISTS when we buy an ice cream or 2 litres of milk?

WILL the FIRB redeem itself by rejecting this take-over?


ACCC clears Chinese takeover of brands like Dairy Farmers and Big M

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The Foreign Investment Review Board is facing pressure from independent MP Andrew Wilkie to reject a Chinese diary giant’s bid for Lion’s dairy and drinks business after the competition watchdog gave the $600 million offer the greenlight.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) decision not to oppose the deal between China Mengniu Dairy Company and Lion was criticised by Mr Wilkie, who said Australians were concerned about foreign ownership of ‘‘leading brands’’ and strategic assets.

China Mengniu Dairy Company is poised to acquire Lion's dairy and drinks business.
China Mengniu Dairy Company is poised to acquire Lion’s dairy and drinks business.CREDIT:PAUL HARRIS

“Australians are also concerned with the Chinese in particular and their disproportionate involvement in the Australian dairy industry. Clearly it is undesirable that the supply and price of dairy products in Australia is increasingly at the mercy of companies under obligations to the Chinese government,” he said.

*Mengniu would acquire big-name Australian dairy and juice brands including Dairy Farmers, Big M, Pura, Daily Juice and Berri under the proposed deal, which still needs FIRB approval.

*The fast-growing Mengniu is listed in Hong Kong and the Chinese government-owned entity Cofco owns about 16.2 per cent of the company.

Lion is owned by Japan’s Kirin Holdings.

*The proposed deal would also extend the reach of Chinese business operations into Australian food and agriculture.

The Mengniu-Lion deal was announced in November, shortly after Mengniu, one of the world’s biggest dairy companies, received conditional approval to buy Australian infant formula company Bellamy’s Organic in a $1.5 billion deal, which has since been finalised.

ACCC commissioner and merger committee chairman Stephen Ridgeway said very little opposition to the Mengniu-Lion deal emerged from inside the industry during the regulator’s review.

“The farmers and the other market participants and the manufacturers were pretty clear that they didn’t think it would be a problem,” he told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

key consideration for the ACCC was its potential impact on competition for the purchase of raw milk from dairy farmers in Gippsland, Victoria.


Pura and a range of other big name Australian dairy brands would be sold to China Mengniu Dairy under a $600 million deal.

‘No red flags’: Tick tipped for $600m China drink deal despite push back

Lion owns dairy processing facilities at Morwell in Gippsland and Chelsea in Melbourne.

Mengniu, through a subsidiary, has an indirect interest in the dairy processor Burra Foods, which has a facility at Korumburra in South Gippsland.

The ACCC found that while Burra and Lion competed for raw milk, they were not close competitors and farmers were unlikely to switch between the two processors.

Mr Ridgeway said a merged Mengniu-Lion entity would “be constrained” by the two largest dairy processors operating in Gippsland, Saputo and Fonterra.

“Even combined, Burra and Lion Dairy & Drinks will be acquiring less than 25 per cent of the raw milk available in Gippsland,” he said.

A Mengniu spokesman said: “We are pleased with the decision by the ACCC to not oppose the proposed acquisition of Lion Dairy & Drinks and continue to work through other regulatory approval processes. The transaction remains scheduled to complete in the first half of 2020.”


Officials and members of Chinese state owned media companies visit the A2 Milk factory in Sydney.

Australia to push China to match dairy trade concessions made to US

A Lion spokeswoman said the sale was subject to ACCC and FIRB approvals, as well as other standard closing conditions.

“We note that the ACCC has today announced it will not oppose the proposed acquisition. We welcome this outcome, which is an important step forward, and look forward to moving through the remaining regulatory approvals and completing the sale,” she said.

Rabobank senior analyst Michael Harvey said buying the Lion assets gave Mengniu a “good footprint in Australia. And I think there’s also an attraction about looking to build an export business into Asian markets.”

Darren Gray

Darren is the mining and agribusiness reporter for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.



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ASIC charges Kathmandu Founder Jan Cameron over Bellamy’s Stake

YET another betrayal!

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ASIC charges Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron over Bellamy’s stake

By Dominic Powell and Darren Gray

Wealthy businesswoman Jan Cameron, the founder of Kathmandu, could face up to five years in jail after the corporate regulator alleged she lodged a misleading statement regarding her interest in infant formula company Bellamy’s.

In a bombshell announcement on Friday, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) said Ms Cameron would appear in the Hobart Magistrates’ Court on criminal charges following an ASIC investigation.

She could face up to $40,250 in fines over two alleged breaches of corporations law.

In a statement ASIC alleged that when Bellamy’s listed on August 1, 2014, Ms Cameron had a substantial holding of 14 million Bellamy’s shares through herself and the Black Prince Foundation.

The charges against Kathmandu co-founder Jan Cameron could lead to a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The charges against Kathmandu co-founder Jan Cameron could lead to a maximum sentence of five years in prison. CREDIT:ERIN JONASSON

The market regulator claims that several days later Ms Cameron “failed to disclose” the interest, equal to 14.74 per cent of Bellamy’s shares, as was required under corporations law.

The Black Prince Foundation is an entity domiciled in Curaçao, an island in the Caribbean.

Additionally, ASIC alleges that around mid-February 2017, “Ms Cameron lodged with Bellamy’s an initial substantial holder notice that was misleading on the basis that it failed to properly disclose her true and complete relationship with Black Prince and the basis upon which she had an interest in 14 million Bellamy’s shares”.

Ms Cameron was first revealed as the controlling power behind Black Prince in 2017 amid a fierce battle for control of Bellamy’s, in which the businesswoman sought to replace four of Bellamy’s independent directors with her own picks, giving her board control.

The push followed a tumultuous time for the company, with Bellamy’s shares entering a trading halt in late 2016. after it was revealed the company’s market share in China had plunged, and that it was facing pressure on its sales after new Chinese regulations on infant formula took effect.

Former chief executive Laura McBain was dumped following the controversy, which saw Bellamy’s shares crunched by as much as 60 per cent over the period.

Ms Cameron’s coup was partially successful, with a resulting extraordinary general meeting putting two of her delegates on the board after a spill, though she missed out on a board seat herself.

The charges are listed for a mention hearing before the Hobart Magistrates’ Court on March 12. The maximum penalty for a misleading substantial holder notice under corporations law is a five-year jail term, and or a $36,000 fine. The maximum penalty in August 2014 for failing to lodge a substantial holder notice as required was six months’ imprisonment, and or a $4250 fine.

The action is being prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age contacted Ms Cameron for comment.

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have also contacted the law firm Murdoch Clarke for comment. The firm’s Ben Swain has acted for Ms Cameron in the past and is listed as the trustee for the Elsie Cameron Foundation, a charitable organisation established by Ms Cameron named after her mother.


Jan Cameron has denied any association with Black Prince Foundation.

Jan Cameron unmasked as power behind the Bellamy’s Black Prince holding

A Bellamy’s spokesman said: “Bellamy’s is no longer an ASX-listed company and has no comment, it’s a matter for Jan Cameron.”

Bellamy’s has made headlines over the past two years as its plans to expand in China hit a major roadblock. Bellamy’s had applied to Chinese regulators in late 2017 for approval to sell its organic infant formula products in Chinese shops, but it could not gain approval. The setback weighed on the company’s revenues and profit in 2019.

The company revealed a $1.5 billion takeover bid from China Mengniu Dairy Company. The deal won regulatory and shareholder approval and was completed in December.

Ms Cameron never publicly stated her position on the deal, but a change of substantial holder notice to the ASX in November disclosed the sale of millions of Bellamy’s shares. Observers took the move as a sign that she was unlikely to oppose the takeover.

The November statement revealed that Ms Cameron’s holding, direct and indirect, had moved from 17.13 per cent at the time of her previous notice to 13.06 per cent. The statement also showed the sale of almost 3.5 million Bellamy’s shares in September, just days after the Chinese takeover deal was announced.

Ms Cameron was a Bellamy’s director between May 2007 and May 2011.

Dominic Powell

Dominic Powell writes about the retail industry for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Darren Gray

Darren is the mining and agribusiness reporter for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.



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