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3 July 2019 The Federal Treasurer The Honorable Josh Frydenberg PO Box 6022 House of Representatives Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600  STERLING NEW LIFE    Dear Mr Frydenberg My husband and I have lost $254000 in the Sterling New Life collapse. This represents most of his superannuation. We have come to understand that this and many other similar losses experienced by hard working people, many who are now age pensioners who can ill afford it, are due to a failure of ASIC to fulfil its responsibilities in consumer protection. My husband and I have just retired after 45 years of local church ministry. Much of our time was spent helping others navigate the intricacies of our various community, government and welfare systems so that they could live well and with dignity. Little did we realise that on the eve of our remaining years we would be unable to protect ourselves from...
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3 July 2019 The Federal Treasurer The Honorable Josh Frydenberg PO Box 6022 House of Representatives Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600  STERLING NEW LIFE   Dear Mr Frydenberg We thought we might just scrape through a reasonably safe and secure retirement with a Sterling New Life housing package, having never owned a home and been on a single modest income for most of our 45 years in the workforce. Alas, it all disappeared in a puff of smoke on June 10th. On 16th April 2018, after due diligence, my wife and I signed a 40 year lease worth $254,000 through a Silverlink Investment Plan with Sterling New Life which last month went into receivership.  Little did we know that SNL operations had been under ASIC investigation for some time. Had we known this we would not have proceeded. It has also come to my attention that ASIC reports monthly to the...
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3rd July 2019   The Federal Treasurer Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP   P O Box 6022 House of Representatives: Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600       Dear Mr Frydenberg,   Criminal Neglect by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission   Substandard Consumer Protection.   Demand for $36 million in Compensation by Australian Consumers.     THE COLLAPSE OF THE STERLING GROUP a further 300 victims suffering loss.     Over the past 20 years, retirees with cash assets, and pensioners with homes as their only asset, have been the target of an unfettered gang of white-collar criminals in Australia. These cast of characters and their offspring are well known to ASIC and first surfaced more than 25 years ago. Devious entrepreneurs use a specific way of starting a company using a Ponzi structure, creating “information memorandums” instead of prospectuses. The so called “financial products” are exposed when investors attempt to...
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ASIC CHAIRMAN     Mr James SHIPTON Australian Securities & Investments Commission, 120 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000   To Mr Shipton,   The Collapse of the STERLING LIFE GROUP - A Failure of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission   This is an urgent demand for compensation from ASIC of $26 million within 8 weeks due to what can at minimum be described as ‘criminal negligence’ which resulted in around 100 retirees losing their life savings to a company which ASIC was fully aware had red flags all over it. I don’t have a lot of money. I had some equity in my home and thought that Sterling First seemed like a genuine company with a good plan in an to help Australian retirees. I did not just flippantly throw my money at this company. When I invested in Sterling First there was absolutely nothing on the internet or in...
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ASIC CHAIRMAN     Mr James SHIPTON Australian Securities & Investments Commission, 120 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000   Dear Mr Shipton    I am writing to you concerning an investment my financial adviser recommended in the Sterling First property group. I was told by my adviser an investment in Sterling first would give me access to a safe as houses investment and I would also receive a shareholding in RMIT with these entities to be listed on the ASX in the short term. Approx 18 months after my initial investment I contacted Sterling demanding a repayment of funds as I had been misled by not being provided what was initially offered. I took this up with Sterling management who shuffled the blame to another party. The person I was in contact with at Sterling was Mr Simon Bell, I am now told Simon was at the helm of Westpoint collapse...
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1st July 2019 ASIC Chairman Mr James Shipton Australian Securities & Investment Commission   Re – Sterling First Group Collapse and ASIC’s Accountability   Dear Mr Shipton, My parents are victims of the Sterling First Group collapse. On behalf of my parents and the wider group of victims, I am writing in support of the campaign being fronted by Denise Brailey calling for efficient and effective action, compensation, and retribution for all tenants and landlords involved.   After listening to victims stories and learning more about what has unfolded with this ignominy I am genuinely surprised that this has been allowed progress to a state of failure, particularly when ASIC was aware of the individuals directing the Sterling First group of companies, their history, and further, had been actively investigating this Australian registered business for a considerable length of time before my parents invested their hard earned life savings. As the...
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  Mr James Shipton, Chair, Australian Securities and Investments Commission     Dear Mr. Shipton, Sterling New Life I am writing to supplement the submissions appealing to ASIC for compensatory redress for being defrauded in the now collapsed Sterling New Life (SNL). The pertinent issues in this appeal are based on a raft of misrepresentations by parent company Sterling First (https://sterlingfirst.com.au/) concerning the legal and financial status of SNL and its Tenancy Contract. They also rely on ASIC acting in its consumer protection role. The complainants were given to believe that the funds they contributed were secured. In good faith they paid in advance the rent for 40 years of tenancy in exchange for the company’s Lease for Life. But the Sterling Group provided no warranty on the product they were selling to these senior couples in the retirement phase of life. Furthermore, purchasers were not informed that SNL was one...
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26th June 2019   ASIC CHAIRMAN     Mr James SHIPTON Australian Securities & Investments Commission, 120 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000   Dear Mr Shipton   Re: The collapse of the Sterling Life Group.   My wife and I are one of the one hundred people that have lost their life savings and the security we had having a roof over our heads for the rest of our lives. Why Mr Shipton? Because you and your staff at ASIC could not be bothered to send out a warning about Sterling New Life Group.   We joined the Sterling Life Group on the 26th July 2017 this is months and probably years after you knew there were problems with this group. If you as Chairman had issued warnings about this group we and others would not be in this situation now. This is gross neglect of your duties by not stopping this group....
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26/06/2019    Mr James SHIPTON Chairman of Australian Securities & Investments Commission, 120 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000     Dear Mr Shipton,     The Collapse of the STERLING LIFE GROUP   I write in the capacity as a 30-year commercial banker and now a self-employed finance broker. I also write with a direct connection with my parents in law directly impacted by investing their hard-earnt life savings into securing a long-term rental arrangement with Sterling Life for a roof over their heads – their home!   I understand there is an action where retirees like my parents in law are looking for a reasonable outcome in the form of compensation from ASIC in a specified timeframe.   From my understanding and research ASIC clearly knew about the related issues and the likelihood of failure of The Sterling Group as early as 2015 or 2016. The (Ponzi like) structures we...
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26th June 2019 Mr James SHIPTON Chairman of Australian Securities & Investments Commission WHY DOES ASIC EXIST?????   Dear Mr Shipton The collapse of the STERLING LIFE GROUP-a failure of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. We are victims of the collapse of the STIRLING LIFE GROUP. Since the collapse of the Stirling Life Group we find ourselves in a dire situation with our entire life savings plundered, and now face being homeless in the near future. It is too frightening to contemplate!  My wife has a medical condition known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). It requires that she undergo regular visits to a Rheumatologist, Cardiologist, Neurologist and Ophthalmologist, and the need for continuous use of medications to balance her condition. Since the collapse of Stirling Life she has endured frequent ‘flare-up’ of her condition, and blood pressure elevation due to stress and worry. Now with our life savings gone we...
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Do not worry about what “others are doing” TENANT usually makes first contact   1: Contact your Landlord by phone – have a conversation 2. Tell him a court case will give guidance to both sides in 10 days 3. Send him the BFCSA Letter campaign will demand compensation for all 4. Landlord can register with me and claim Feb – May rent money stolen by RMA 5. You both do not want RMA involved – sever all ties. 6. Neither should sign any contracts with managers right now NONE 7.  It’s a crime scene. 8.  Tenant has 40 years contract 9.  Tenant should make arrangements to pay what they can afford 10. Rents have been exaggerated but come to a happy decision that suits best 11.  BUT must be DOABLE by the tenant – ie affordable. 12.  Do not involve lawyers or managers. 13.  Ask Landlord for their bank account...
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28th June 2019 Mr James Shipton Chairman of Australian Securities & Investments Commission   Ref: The Collapse of the STIRLING LIFE GROUP – A failure of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. Dear Mr Shipton. I am writing to you regarding the collapse of the Stirling Life Group. Do you realise the devastation this has caused to my family through the total lack of action displayed by your department in this instance? I, myself, signed into the Stirling Life Group after an abusive and controlling marriage break down thinking I was now making a secure decision not just for me but for my 3 children. You see I am not a retiree but a 43 year old single mother of 3 teenage children. Mr Shipton due to your negligence in this situation you have left the future accommodation and security of my family in dire straits. I gave my savings to...
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Dear Mr Shipton                                   I am writing to you to complain that ASIC has failed to stop these people from trading I have lost all my  life's savings and finally ruined this money was paid for a 40 year lease cannot believe ASIC has allowed this to happen you where supposed to protect people like us but failed miserably  you do not no the major stress this has caused  I  and wish this on my worst enemy, If I was in charge of your department there would be major job losses.  As an ex Goldman Sachs man, why are ex bankers becoming Regulator Chiefs? Its like a fox in charge of the chooks.  You need to resign immediately, but make sure this compensation is paid....
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30 June 2019 Mr James Shipton Chairman - Australian Securities and Investment Commission 120 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000   Dear Mr Shipton   May I refer you back to October 2017, when you commenced in your role. An online Herald Sun report “Your Money, Our Vigil”…..which I assume was your accountability. You should by now be well aware of the Sterling First Group collapse, impacting hundreds of retirees in Perth and other states. After all, your investigators visited and interviewed myself and my husband, and took documents in mid 2018.   53 years ago, my husband and I arrived in Perth from Scotland as “10 pound Poms”. It was seen as the land of opportunity if you worked hard and paid your way. My husband was a qualified tradesperson and I worked part time. We worked hard and saved in those early days to build our own home in 1970....
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Dear Sir,, I am one of the victims of your failure to stop the criminals under the umbrella of Sterling first.ROBBING us of income and savings,so now we have the life of homeless people.This  is a crime against humanity that you and your organisation committed,knowing that the companies registered with A.S.I.C, had a history of criminal activities for many years. Let me tell you James Shipton in the country where I was born they used to hang criminals,but sadly we dont do that in this country, so what authorities will have to back you when even the hardened criminals have higher moral standards than you. My wife  is now on medication to treat her depression that is having a dangerous effect on her life,and if something happens to her health,I consider it my duty to see that you and the rest of the negligent criminals employed under you, finish looked up...
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Sterling New Life Mr Shipton   We sold our house back in 2016 and invested in a well- advertised scheme where we moved into a leased property with promise of the interest from our investment  paying our rent .It failed and we now have lost all our investment and we are obliged to pay our rent out of our pension which leaves us little to live on.  My complaint to you is that the company we invested in was Sterling New life and we understand that as far back as 2014 WA Consumer Affairs was not happy with the structure and advised ASIC of the probable problems. It appears that ASIC did nothing to 1. Advise the people of a probable situation 2. Investigate the scheme 3. Bring the directors to task by asking for their business plan.  In our opinion ASIC has failed in their charter to investigate and to...
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Chairman of ASIC - JAMES SHIPTON Dear Mr Shipton, I am a 70 yr old pensioner, who invested the last of my superannuation ($4000) in shares of Sterling Group. 18 months ago, I had to return to part time work to make ends meet. March of this year I was in financial difficulties and contacted Brian Ruzich at Stirling Income Trust told him of my difficulties and said I needed to take my investment out. Mr Ruzich told me I would be better off to wait as the company was going on the share market in May. Regrettably I followed his advice and in May was informed the company had collapsed. I now have trouble sleeping at night due to financial worries, this is affecting my efficiency at work which then causes more concern and worry. I feel I am in a vicious circle of hopelessness. I believe ASIC knew of...
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Att: Mr James Shipton (Chairman)  Subject: The Sterling Group collapse   Dear Sir   I am writing to you to let it be known that I, as a concerned citizen, expect ASIC to take all necessary steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Sterling Group scheme.   The scheme was clearly designed to fleece stake holders of their collective contributions.  This was carried out in broad daylight for all to see.   Not only should the perpetrators be brought to account there needs to be some Commission or Government funds available to compensate the stake holders for their losses.   It is hard to imagine that on the beginning of your retirement with no real earning capacity left to recover from such a financial hit you find yourself in this predicament.   ASIC has not got a good reputation or track record in prosecuting corporate felons maybe this could...
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30th June 2019   Mr James Shipton Chairman of Australian Securities and Investment Commission 120 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000   Dear Sir,   Re:      Sterling First   I have a close friend and past work colleague embroiled and victim of the Sterling First collapse. I have closely followed the stories on the radio and watched news and current affairs programs on television to understand the plight of those affected by this situation.   The people affected are typical Australian battlers who have worked hard and were moving to the retired phase of their life seeking a comfortable retirement, much like myself, as I have recently turn 65. The failure of Stirling First has caused significant hardship to hundreds of families and has I believe cause permanent phycological reservation with many questioning how this could be allowed to happen in Australia, the country that they helped make GREAT. These families/people were...
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Mr James SHIPTON Chairman of Australian Securities & Investments Commission,  Ref: The Collapse of the STERLING LIFE GROUP – A Failure of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.    DEAR MR SHIPTON   I write to you in disgust at the lack of action taken by ASIC with regards to the collapse of the Sterling Life Group. On the 16th April 2018 my wife and I invested our life savings into a 40-year lease and moved into a home in Ashby, Western Australia for what we thought was the start to a worry-free retirement.  This was not to be.  I was never informed of the collapse of the Sterling Life Group and only found out via a neighbour and have never received any correspondence regarding the collapse apart from 1 letter from the receivers.  I still do not know where I am going to live.  Let me ask you a question...
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