Ray Mackereth files for bankruptcy

Ray Mackereth appears to have lost the plot

Ray Mackereth and sole shareholder of Q News filed for bankruptcy on 17 September 2015.

It is all over. The for sale sign will be put up on Ray Mackereth’s Q News shares.

The failed sex king can no longer remain a director of Q News Pty Limited and his shares sold. The mansion lease is now an asset for the trustee to dispense of as Ray Mackereth files for bankruptcy.

Mackereth will have to step down from the board of the public company Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (GALTA) if he hasn’t already.

The failed sex-club king who claims to be a champion of 120 charities recently successfully won a crowd-sourcing campaign for $20,000, claiming “QNews saved! Thank you people!”

As the sole director and shareholder of Q News, Mackereth can now add failed publisher and bankrupt to his name as the trustee can now sell his controlling interest in the fortnightly gay-male targeted pamphlet.

Between Klub Kruise and his own personal dealings, Mackereth amassed debts of over $270,000 that he did not pay, including to small businesses, employees, contractors banks and the Commonwealth and soon Q New’s liabilities will become clear.

Mackereth is at the unedifying end of years of corporate malfeasonance and being admonished by a Federal Judge in Larcombe v Mackereth [2015] FCCA 2646 (1) and now the big man, the Controller is now in the hands of the Trustee Ray Mackereth’s Bankruptcy Petition.

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HERE IS THE DELICIOUS JUDGEMENT IN ALL ITS GLORY.

Larcombe v Mackereth [2015] FCCA 2646 (1)

 

In a savage judgement from the bench, Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Jarrett admonished the failed sex-boss Ray Mackereth, who copped it more than the trashiest tweaked out random at his former sex-den.

In two blows on the one day, (a fair result for any guest at his old sex-space),  the self-proclaimed community champion Mr Mackereth was threatened with contempt over a bizarre gesturing to his mini-me Toby Longhurst while being cross-examined.

The second blow came when Judge Jarrett repeatedly referred to Mackereth’s behaviour as being “outrageous”, and finding he deliberately acted to contravene the Fair Work Act.

In rejecting his credibility on the stand, Judge Jarrett said Mr Mackereth “made up” evidence and when busted, that he had “no contrition”.

It is understood Paddington is fresh out of aloe vera after Judge Michael Jarrett's sick burn on Ray Mackereth's "outrageous" conduct

It is understood Paddington is fresh out of aloe vera after Judge Michael Jarrett’s sick burn on Ray Mackereth’s “outrageous” conduct

Judge Jarrett was scathing of Mr Mackereth’s corporate behaviour, in finding he was an accessory to serious contraventions of the Fair Work Act, ruling his conduct was “the antithesis” of fair work laws.

Judge Jarrett ordered Mr Mackereth to pay Mr Larcombe over $12,000 in compensation, and ordered over $2000 in fines be paid directly to Larcombe and not to the Commonwealth.

Then out the front of the court house, Mr Mackereth, in his second bizarre act for the day, growling in a guttural scream, he then charged into Brisbane workplace litigator Miles Heffernan from Employment Advisors, who had been working closely with Mr Larcombe during the trial process.

Mr Heffernan said “We support our clients to get results. We are patient – especially with crooks that misappropriate their staff’s entitlements to pay their bills and fund extravagance.

Wow, how does Ray Mackereth afford the lifestyle

While not paying staff, Ray Mackereth still pays to live in a 4 storey mansion with rooftop playground. While gaudy, it is all his. Source: Google Maps

“Mackereth threw both a solicitor and counsel at this problem and it was all for nothing – justice prevailed. While we can help, the real hero here is Brenton Larcombe who eyeballed the bloke who lived off his retirement and holiday funds, while his barrister Peter Kronberg made objection after objection and fought to keep evidence out that showed his client for the louse that he is.

“But Larcombe still won and Mackereth chucked a tanty out the front of the court house. The shame of it all.

“If you have worked for someone like Ray Mackereth, call the team on 1300 853 837 to help you get cost effective access to justice” Heffernan added.

Ray Mackereth's Facebook post from 16 October 2014 that has been dismissed by those in the know at Larcombe's camp as 'delusional'

Ray Mackereth’s Facebook post from 16 October 2014 that has been dismissed by those in the know at Larcombe’s camp as ‘delusional’

Larcombe is back in court in December this year for the final stage of litigation against Mackereth, where this time he is being pursued for unpaid long service leave and superannuation.

On 16 October 2014 Mr Mackereth foresaw this week’s trial in very different circumstances, and goading the self-represented Brenton Larcombe, after a set-back on procedural matters, writing “It could not have been a clearer victory” and appearing to imply that witnesses had something to fear from “being subject to cross examination”.

As it turns it was Mackereth himself who had something to fear, as his nearly four hours in the witness box, was marked by inconsistencies, including Judge Jarrett rejecting some of his evidence as “made up”.

Fair Work Claims

Getting screwed at work? Don’t take it lying down.

Judge Jarrett also rejected Mackereth’s sometimes graphic explanations of his claimed ailing health, finding he set on a course of conduct to “deliberately” deprive Mr Larcombe of his basic entitlements and scolding the fallen sex-boss, calling his behaviour “outrageous” because he “paid ever other other employee” other than Larcombe.

Brenton Larcombe is successfulled sued his former boss Ray Mackereth for unpaid employee entitlements.

Brenton Larcombe successfully sued his former boss Ray Mackereth for unpaid employee entitlements.

In a tragic defence, Mr Mackereth’s counsel Peter Krongberg tried to argue his client was the victim because Mr Larcombe registered Number 29 Pty Limited a month after he understood Mr Mackereth resolved to wind Klub Kruise up. Judge Jarrett knocked that down calling it a “red herring”.

Peter Kronberg was counsel for Ray Mackereth on a direct-access brief and it did not go well

“Dam” good barrister Peter Kronberg lost to self-represented litigant Brenton Larcombe

Kronberg and Mackereth have some history, where back in 2013, Q News published a story claiming “Peter is one of the best in his game with a dam (sic) good reputation for winning cases”.

In this case, Mr Kronberg lost against the self-represented Larcombe, which may not help the “dam” good reputation. Conversely Larcombe must be delighted that he won against “one of the best in (the) game”.

Mackereth’s October 2014 Facebook post also claimed “now I can get on with my life and focus on things that matter, like continuing to work with 120+ community groups…”, but with another trial in December 2015, that appears unlikely.

Mr Mackereth still remains living in a mansion at Paddington, while claiming to be a philanthropist. Now a judge has called him on that narrative.

Mackereth has 28 days to appeal or pay the judgement including the fines, before having default judgement entered and possible bankruptcy.

 

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Brenton Larcombe has commenced a private prosecution against Ray Mackereth and if found guilty, he risks a conviction being recorded and a fine of up to $20,000 issued by the Industrial Magistrate, for unpaid long service leave of $13,000, court documents show.

The action is in addition to a civil action taken by Mr Larcombe in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit Court, where Mr Mackereth faces further claims from unpaid annual leave, notice and superannuation of $28,000, bringing the total claim to $41,000 and exposing the failed sex boss to penalties of more than $50,000.

Despite the gay sex on premises venue Klub Kruise closing owing $190,000 to its employees, suppliers and the ATO, Mr Mackereth remains a director of gay and lesbian publisher Q News and the Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association (GALTA).

Ray Mackereth's Facebook post from 16 October 2014 that has been dismissed by those in the know at Larcombe's camp as 'delusional'

Ray Mackereth’s Facebook post from 16 October 2014 has proven to be a premature celebration

On 16 October RayMackereth.com reported that Mr Mackereth claimed that a pre-trial hearing left him to claim “it could not have been a clearer victory” and that it would be “an unlikely event” that the case would continue.

That “unlikely event” has now happened, where Larcombe filed a further amended claim (read it here: Larcombe Further Amended Claim) with the Federal Circuit Court and doubled down with an extra claim with the state-based Queensland Industrial Magistrate.

Sources close to the Larcombe camp have told Raymackereth.com that he has had some help from a leading labour law firm that acts for some of the country’s biggest unions.

This  resulted in an expanded claim and forcing Mr Mackereth to now defend two actions, one state and the other federally, including the long service claim being dealt with as a criminal matter, as an offence under the Industrial Relations Act.

Mr Mackereth does not deny that the money has never been paid to Mr Larcombe, nor has he apologised to Mr Larcombe.

Despite admitting being “solely responsible for the corporate behaviour” of Klub Kruise, Mr Mackereth argues that he should not be personally liable for the actions of his company that employed Mr Larcombe, that he was the sole director and 80 per cent shareholder of.

Learn more about GALTA here.

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Publisher of Q News Ray Mackereth has told a court that a Fair Work claim seeking compensation of nearly $40,000 plus fines brought by his former manager to recover unpaid entitlements caused him “distress” and that he is the target of an “extended campaign of harassment”.

In a sworn statement filed with the Federal Circuit Court, Mr Mackereth sought permission to file court ordered documents late after his missed the deadline by a full week.

His  doctor wrote to the court saying his patient was “totally incapacitated emotionally and physically” after being served the claim by Brenton Larcombe.

Yet just days before the documents were due to be filed, the failed sex club identity was, according to sources, seen seeming to enjoy himself at the Sportsman Hotel for the annual Sporties Bake Off which was heavily marketed by his publication.

Media owner and publisher Ray Mackereth complains to court about raymackereth.com and social media coverage of him being sued

“Harassment”: Media owner and publisher Ray Mackereth tells court that raymackereth.com and social media coverage of his harmful and destructive business practices is so distressing he could not comply with court orders.

Even Mr Mackereth’s own statement says he was not totally incapacitated, where under oath he said he was not “fully capable” of attending to the matter.

Also when “totally incapacitated” on 30 July this year, when he was too sick to obey a court order, but well enough to go to the pub, Mr Mackereth’s name appeared in a Q News by-line suggesting he was hard at work promoting a cause near and dear to his heart, writing: SUICIDE STUDY ALMOST COMPLETE – Now seeking ordinary LGBTI people to complete it!

Mr Mackereth named Mr Larcombe’s partner Deeje Hancock and industrial relations consultant & journalist Miles Heffernan as key campaigners against him, which he referred to as a “vendetta”.

Mr Mackereth also blamed this very website, Raymackereth.com for “exacerbating” his mental stress, although at no stage in court documents has the Mackereth camp suggested anything published on the site was inaccurate. Mr Mackereth did refer to the factual stories as being “disparaging” indicating he believes accurately reporting on his behaviour denigrates him.

Both Mr Hancock and Mr Heffernan reject that there is a campaign against Mr Mackereth. Neither had sympathy for the plight of the publisher who remains living in a mansion in Paddington.

Mr Hancock said “I expect this trial would cause (Mr Mackereth) some distress, just as having my partner’s retirement funds and basic entitlements misappropriated from him by someone he trusted caused distress.

“I expect when he reads pages and pages of allegations about how he ran a good business into the ground and then spent Brenton’s money to keep the taxman from chasing him personally, that would be distressing. But is there a campaign? No.

“If Mackereth just took some personal responsibility and made good on his debts, then he could disappear into irrelevance. But instead the Q News controller rather wants to falsely paint himself as a community do-gooder,” Mr Hancock added.

Mr Heffernan said he was “delighted” that Mr Mackereth “wrongly thinks that there is a campaign” adding “what a con job that Mackereth somehow thinks he is the victim here, all from someone in the business of media complaining about media coverage, oh please, let me wipe my tears away for how hard Ray Mackereth is doing it.”

Mr Heffernan also suggested the road ahead is likely to bring more stress for Mr Mackereth.”I expect it was all cold sweats last night when the trial  judge’s words sank in. Judge Burnett said the answer lies in the books and gave Brenton the right to subpoena the liquidators and for them to give evidence about Mr Mackereth’s corporate behaviour at the helm of Klub Kruise in the trial. I have seen these books. If I was Mackereth, I would have anxiety and lots of it. No two-ways about it. And it would be the skin-crawling kind,” he said.

Mr Heffernan said he was “honoured” to be part of any cohort that was built around supporting your mates. “It is sad, no pathetic actually, that Mackereth thinks advocating for the rights of a good mate he ripped off is a hate-campaign against him, as it suggests no legitimacy to the claims.

“What is going on is a thing called friendship where you roll up your sleaves and help out, wherever you can and ask nothing in return. Something foreign for Mackereth, despite his self-promotion as a community champion.

“Mackereth is right about one thing – the date of August 2012 – as this is when the full force of his cruelty was felt by Brenton, who is still waiting for an apology and his money,” Mr Heffernan added.

Brenton Larcombe is suing his former boss Ray Mackereth for unpaid employee entitlements and superannuation

Brenton Larcombe is suing his former boss Ray Mackereth for unpaid employee entitlements and superannuation

Despite Mr Mackereth acknowledging that Mr Larcombe has never been paid any of his long service leave and payment in lieu of notice and only some annual leave and superannuation earned from over 10 years of service at Klub Kruise, he is refusing to pay this, forcing Mr Larcombe into a lengthy court battle that won’t be heard until 17 August 2015.

Mr Larcombe declined to comment other than to say “I am looking forward to my day in court and I will not comment on the process and will leave the judgement to speak for itself.”

For the record, Raymackereth.com stands by the reporting of Ray Mackereth’s unique sense of community as being entirely accurate. Despite running for over a year and seeking submissions from anyone to tell of Mr Mackereth’s good work, no one has come forward. Mr Mackereth has never approached us to complain about any story’s accuracy. He is welcome to a right of reply should he wish. Email us. Maybe?

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252940_10150214890066943_6629152_nTwo former bookkeepers have alleged that gay business identity Ray Mackereth refused to pay their invoices for work performed at Q News and Klub Kruise, according to sworn statements filed in the Federal Circuit Court.

The gay publisher and former gay-sex club boss is being pursued for unpaid entitlements and superannuation of nearly $40,000. The bookkeepers say they are owed collectively just under $5,000 for work performed but never paid with one adding that once she was of no use, Mr Mackereth just ignored her.

Around the same time she was begging to be paid because she was struggling to make ends meet, Mr Mackereth was boasting online about giving money to a gay rugby side.

The bookkeeper also said Mr Mackereth’s was a workplace “bully” and and that his claims of being a stand up bloke in the community are “outrageous”, adding:

“I think it is outrageous that (Mr Mackereth) was claiming being a community supporter when he has owed his staff, suppliers and the ATO so much for so long. Rather the unpaid suppliers, employees and ATO should receive recognition as he has deprived us to laud himself in the community.

In an ever-deepening crisis for the self-styled champion of charitable causes, the bookkeeper that was with him as Klub Kruise collapsed also claims that the sex club was carrying costs for Q News, that Mr Mackereth owns 100 per cent of. Yet Klub Kruise closed owing nearly $200,000 to creditors.

These costs are said to include administration, motor vehicle expenses and Mr Mackereth’s salary, burdening the now failed company with around  $100,000 per annum of unnecessary expenses according to the bookkeeper-turned-whistleblower, that if proven could leave him exposed to criminal proceedings or being struck off as a director by ASIC.

Another affidavit claims that Mr Mackereth, while admitting workplace bullying allegations, misled WorkCover Queensland by saying he was “let down” by the bookkeeper for not paying the superannuation, despite him never giving his accounts people access to the bank accounts to perform transactions. Both bookkeepers claim payments for superannuation were usually handled directly by Mr Mackereth and never by them.

As Mr Mackereth filed an amended defence of Mr Larcombe’s claim one week late, (Brenton Larcombe Response to amended claim 21-08-2014) where he continues to deny being “involved” in serious contraventions of the Fair Work Act. However these denials are become increasingly inconsistent, and it now appears he now may be pinning his hopes on a period in late 2011 to March 2012, where he suggests he was out of action for poor health for nearly four months. Even that looks in trouble as  both Mr Larcombe and his bookkeeper at the time suggest this claim is nonsense, with both saying he was off work for less than two weeks and otherwise accessible.

Brenton Larcombe is also alleging that after he took just two weeks off work in late May 2012 after nearly ten years of loyal service to Mr Mackereth, he was sacked, despite his illness being work-related. Mr Mackereth also seized the company motor vehicle from Mr Larcombe, which has since been sold.

Despite Mr Mackereth’s amended defence in the Federal Circuit Court that he did not sack Mr Larcombe for his health, evidence tendered suggests otherwise, where it is alleged on 6 July 2012 he wrote the following to WorkCover Queensland:

The business has been financially stressed.  Three weeks ago I terminated Brenton’s employment based on legal advice. I accept that this advice was incorrect and retracted this two days later. However I believe that this has further harmed the relationship and as this was done when he was on sick leave for a work related condition.

So while I dispute some of the reasons articulated by Brenton Larcombe in his claim, I accept that I have been at times unreasonable as a manager and for this I have regret.

Ray Mackereth around 15 years ago but all the smiles and pint sized singers don't distract those he owes from chasing him

Ray Mackereth around 15 years ago, but still uses this as his profile pic, despite life’s lines showing some serious weathering. Despite the Dorian Gray-esque sadness of it all,  the smiles and pint sized singers with 90’s hair don’t distract those he owes from chasing him. His former bookkeeper has savaged him as being dodgy and a bully in Federal Circuit Court documents.

Mr Mackereth admits Mr Larcombe is owed a substantial amount of money, including long service leave, but is still refusing to pay. He also painted himself as caring to WorkCover Queensland in 2012 where he wrote “I stressed that I would do everything possible to try and ensure that he received his wages but with the added stress of having to pay an extra person to replace him, in all seriousness it looked like the business could fold.”

Mr Mackereth’s claims to WorkCover stand in stark contrast to what he has provided to the Federal Circuit Court, where in that version of events he has sheeted home total blame of his company’s failure on the landlord of Number 29 McLachlan Street for not renewing the lease, despite his business not have the liquidity to meet the business debts when due, according to documents provided by the liquidator.

Mr Larcombe confirmed to RayMackereth.com that he had notified the liquidators of Klub Kruise and ASIC of these explosive allegations in recent days.

The case is next listed for a directions hearing on 24 September in Brisbane. Court records show that Mr Larcombe has filed nearly 1000 pages of sworn evidence from seven different witnesses, while Mr Mackereth is yet to provide anything under oath.

Mr Larcombe is seeking to have part of his case awarded without a full trial and also to freeze some of Mr Mackereth’s assets until the matter is fully dealt with by the court.

Ray Mackereth in Federal Circuit Court for Unpaid Employee Entitlements

Ray Mackereth accused of being an old hand at living off his employees’ entitlements

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