I am shocked. Shocked and stunned. Hard-working, legitimate businessmen are being excoriated in the pages of The Age — simply for going about their entirely lawful and extremely profitable business. As Steven Shirreffs, SC, stated in the course of defending one of these men in 2006: “Not only does he help in providing housing for people in need … he assists them in getting their life back together”.
These men deserve a medal.
THE men who provide accommodation to many of Melbourne’s most vulnerable people have a history of criminality. In 2006, John Pisani, Joe Tomarchio and Arthur Oshan pleaded guilty to a series of offences connected to illegal brothels. Melbourne’s County Court heard how the men allegedly lured women, including an under-age girl, to work as prostitutes and sexually assaulted prospective brothel employees. One 17-year-old victim was taken to an apartment where up to seven men, including Oshan, had sex with her over a number of hours. She was given $160. After advertising for “topless work” in local papers, they would take the women to a strange location, pressure them into working as prostitutes and tell them to perform “trial massages” on two of them. The prosecution alleged the brothels turned over $5 million in two years.
Typical: women are always complaining about their job conditions.
And yes, unemployment may be rising, the cost of rental accommodation soaring, and the waiting time for State Government-run public housing may be stretching into years, but — and here I agree wholeheartedly with liberal progressives such as the University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis — that is simply no excuse for being a fuckwit, bum or lowlife — and squatting.
Slumlord millionaires cash in on hard times
June 14, 2009
SLUMLORD John Pisani has two simple rules when it comes to business: be discreet and never let anything get in the way of making a profit — rules that have made him a very rich man.
Pisani and his three partners — all convicted criminals, three of them for sexual offences — are pocketing about $100,000 profit a week by controlling Melbourne’s private rooming house market, a shadowy world where some of society’s most vulnerable members are forced to pay exorbitant prices, often in cash, for squalid accommodation or face life on the streets.
The four — Pisani, George Maatouk, Arthur “Arty” Oshan and Joe Tomarchio — control at least 220 homes across the city from Frankston to St Albans via a long list of companies, most of which are not registered in their names.
Many of the properties are little more than slums, with toilets that don’t work, cockroach infestations and bathrooms and kitchens shared by up to 12 people. It is believed that many premises operated by the men may be in breach of government residential, health and building regulations, especially in regard to fire safety…
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