Clipping the wings of vultures – the greed, the misconduct and fixing poor culture in the finance sector

Friday, 14 February 2020

Friday, 14 February 2020

Event details


  • Wesfarmers Lecture Theatre, UWA Business School
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Date and time

  • Friday 14 February
    5 - 6.30pm

Event type

  • Business


  • Community
  • Professionals
  • Researchers
  • Postgraduate
  • Undergraduate

Event Fee

  • Free


  • Registrations preferred
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The Banking Royal Commission chaired by former High Court Judge Kenneth Hayne revealed multiple instances of white-collar crime, failures to meet community standards and breakdowns in governance within Australia’s top finance companies. Australians were gobsmacked at revelations that bankers, brokers and advisers in financial institutions in a country renowned for believing in a ‘fair go’ were dooming customers to a life of debt and misery while feathering their own nest.

Financial advisers and bankers climbed on the shoulders of children, the infirm, the indigenous, the financially illiterate and the gambling addicted. They stepped on the dead in order to reach for the bags of money viewed as just reward for meeting performance measures set by the companies that are now facing billions of dollars of remediation payments to the customers their organisations stiffed.

In this presentation, speaker Tom Ravlic casts his forensic eye over the financial wreckage and explains why some people choose to behave badly, enrich themselves and hurt others in the process.

About the speaker

Tom Ravlic FIPA is an investigative journalist, consultant and academic with more than two decades of experience in dealing with complex corporate, financial and governance issues. He has written for domestic and international publications on corporate governance, finance, accounting and professional standards. Tom holds several qualifications including a Masters in Fraud and Financial Crime. Tom recently published the book, Vulture City: How Our Bankers Got Rich On Swindles.