Tag Archive: corruption

Why Corruption Flourishes Under Consumer Affairs Victoria

Posted on September 12, 2011 by | 13 Comments
OPINION by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Director Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) has a sorry history when it comes to regulating Victorian real estate agents and, in more recent times, licensed conveyancers. It is one thing to be powerless to stop corruption, however it is something completely different when the government regulator not only fails to act, but also refuses to investigate. In...

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Book Exposes Real World Of Real Estate

Posted on October 18, 2009 by | 6 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   I was watching “First Tuesday Book Club” on ABC TV a few months ago, and I saw the host, Jennifer Byrne hold up a copy of Brendan Gullifer’s book SOLD. According to Byrne, “I thought it was tremendous fun. And let me tell you, you’ve met these people. They probably sold your house.” Having read SOLD, I can confirm...

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Did The Minister’s Dog Eat Hubby’s Homework?

Posted on August 5, 2009 by | 4 Comments
OPINIONby Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Former corruption investigator Tony Fitzgerald QC and former premier Wayne Goss recently charged that Queensland’s Beattie and Bligh governments had let the state slide back into its “dark past”. “Ethics are always tested by incumbency”, explained Fitzgerald.  “The longer any side of politics is in power, the more risk cobwebs will settle”, Goss added.  Both agreed that standards had slipped during 11 years of Labor government –...

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REIV Votes Against Corruption Remedy

Posted on June 30, 2009 by | 9 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   I believe that the real estate industry in Victoria is the most corrupt in Australia. This is confirmed time and again, not only by the conduct of individual real estate agents, but also by the behaviour of the peak body representing real estate agents, the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV). We have seen how the REIV condones criminal...

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Goodman Group Conveyancing Bribe Payments

Posted on April 3, 2009 by | 41 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   Last year Scott Goodman, a licensed conveyancer and owner of Goodman Group Conveyancing, launched what he called the Goodman Group Conveyancing Referral Program – a scheme whereby a bribe of $150 is paid to a real estate agent each time a client is referred by that real estate agent to Goodman Group Conveyancing for conveyancing services. Anecdotal evidence suggests...

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Conveyancing Bribes – A New Growth Industry

Posted on December 24, 2008 by | 9 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   Since Scott Goodman of Goodman Group Conveyancing started his “Goodman Group Conveyancing Referral Service” bribery and corruption in the conveyancing and real estate industries of Victoria has shifted to over-drive. The price for a conveyancing referral (or bribe) has now reached $150 per referral, and it seems that no estate agent wants to miss out. Scott Goodman, of Goodman...

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Conveyancing Corruption – Lawyers Too!

Posted on November 24, 2008 by | 7 Comments
OPINIONby Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au (Following on from “Licensed Conveyancer Corruption Must Be Stopped“, Tim O’Dwyer reports on a lawyer conveyancer’s attempt to attract referrals from real estate agents. Readers are also referred to Tim’s posting Catch 32 On Solicitors’ Independence regarding estate agent referrals to lawyers.) After the principal of a small suburban law firm sent an email touting his services to several real estate agents, one agent passed it on to...

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Licensed Conveyancer Corruption Must Be Stopped!

Posted on November 24, 2008 by | 13 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   An Appeal To The Australian Institute Of Conveyancers (Victorian Division) (AICVIC) The Australian Institute of Conveyancers (Victorian Division) Inc. (AICVIC) regards itself as the peak body representing licensed conveyancers in the state of Victoria, and it appears to have some influence over the way in which Victoria’s licensed conveyancers conduct themselves. I now make this plea to the new...

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