This morning we have published a series of articles and documents relating to an event named ‘Blokesworld Live’ – a tawdry misogynist perv-fest featuring bare-breasted women, jelly wrestling, ‘exotic’ dancers gyrating on poles, and scantily-clad young women jousting on greased gymnastic beams – that was cancelled by the Brisbane City Council after concerted opposition to the promotion on the basis that it promored the blatant exploitation of women.
It’s hard to argue with such a proposition I suggest, particularly given the nature of the images and recordings taken from the Blokesworld Live event that we have published this morning, and the nature of the comments made by its supporters.
The promoter of the controversial Blokesworld Live event was a company named Showtime Events Pty Ltd.
At the time that the Brisbane event was cancelled, and the video recordings and images were captured at a replacement Blokesworld Live show held in the neighboring town of Ipswich, the directors of the company were
- Suzette Harvey of 134 River Park Rd, Annandale (DOB 27-03-1970); and
- David Whimpey of 22 Breakwater Rd, Robina (DOB 08-11-1968)
David Whimpey is understood to have been the Managing Director of the company, and also held the role of Company Secretary of Showtime Events Pty Ltd during the period.
David George Whimpey – the same man – is now the Chief Executive Officer of a company named Brisbane Racing Club Ltd, better known as the BRC, the organisation that runs Brisbane thoroughbred racing and owns the Eagle Farm and Doomben race courses.
What does this have to with the Brisbane Racing Club you ask?
A whole lot of things is the answer. Here are some of them.
Gender Bias in the Employment of Women at the BRC
The Brisbane Racing Club employs 396 workers in non-management positions.
191 of these employees are women.
87 percent of the women employees (166/191) are engaged as casuals in the area of community and personal services area, meaning that they are cleaners, bar attendants, ticket sellers, tote operators and catering staff.
These of course are vulnerable workers belonging to the categories of employees proven by numerous studies to be the second most vulnerable to sexual abuse, harassment and gender bias (immigrant women holding temporary work visas are number one), and to be the lowest paid in their workplaces due to a disregard for the worth of work performed in occupations predominantly dominated by women.
(I was a union official for nearly 20 years, I am an expert on this stuff).
The remaining 13% of women employees at the BRC are engaged on a permanent full-time basis. They work in the following areas:
- Community and Personal Services (2%)
- (Clerical/Administration (5%)
- Sales (4%)
- Professional Occupations (2%)
There are only 2 women in senior management roles (20%).
The fundamental question here is the degree of influence that a CEO who promotes jelly wrestling and pole dancing – and thus by his actions clearly displays a belief that the objectification of women is acceptable and the norm – has on entrenching the appalling gender and pay inequity within the organisation that he leads.
And the answer of course is plenty.
Sexual Harassment in the BRC and Racing Queensland
There have been at least five male employees of the BRC and RQ who have been disciplined, resigned under duress, or had their employment terminated over the past few years after being confronted with allegations abut sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior toward women.
I could name them all but won’t, as some have not received a fair and proper hearing in relation to the allegations made against them, but many know their names.
Oddly each of the employees who left the BRC or RQ in these circumstances has been replaced in their positions by another male employee.
In the context of these circumstances, and the seeming rash of unwelcome and unacceptable behavior running rife in Queensland racing, what message does the fact that their boss used to promote titty shows send to the 400 odd staff of the BRC about eliminating gender based discrimination, preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, and treating female employees as equals and respecting them as colleagues rather than ogling them as potential roots?
A very, very bad one is the answer.
An absolute Cedric Rocker.
Continued Sexism and Misogyny in Management and Operation of the BRC
Can a leopard take away its spots? Neither can you start doing good, for you have always done evil – The Bible, Jeremiah 13:23
That David Whimpey appears neither to have changed his views on the acceptability of objectifying women as sex objects, nor his application of discriminatory practices is clearly evidenced by the nature of the promotional events he has authorised and conducted at the Doomben race course.
This one below was held on the 22nd of April this year.
Blokes day out? Gee doesn’t that sound familiar?
Eye candy? Lovely waitresses ready and waiting to serve you?
This is the 21st century isn’t it? Or maybe not.
Charming and handsome waiters ready and waiting to serve you? (Notice that only waiters serve women and only waitresses serve men? What the hell?)
Your next love maybe just around the corner? What if you prefer women?
The pattern that emerged when Whimpey was directing and managing Showtime Events has clearly continued unabated over the course of the past decade.
This type of sexism went out with the dinosaurs in the ice age, or it certainly should have in any event. Promotions of this type and offensive and utterly unacceptable, and are a clear demonstration of the reasons that David Whimpey is fundamentally unfit to hold the top job in Queensland’s leading and most influential race club.
Failure to disclose Directorship and management role in Showtime Events Pty Ltd
Information that we have received reveals that David Whimpey failed to disclose his key executive role with Showtime Events or his involvement with the Blokesworld Live promotions when he made his application for employment to the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Brisbane Racing Club.
It is incumbent on applicants for any position to fully disclose details of their employment history, and applicants for highly-paid leadership positions in large companies are expected to fully disclose details of their prior business dealings and Directorships of public companies.
A failure to make the relevant disclosures is generally held as dishonesty, and as an act or omission capable of forming the basis of a charge of false pretences, fraudulent misrepresentation or fraud. Such an act or omission would in the usual course of events disqualify an applicant from appointment to the advertised role.
Potential Misrepresentation of Employment History
On the basis of the information obtained by the publishers of this site from both the CV attached to his employment profile and his published personal professional resume it appears that David Whimpey has claimed that in between 2003 and 2006 he was employed by a company named Tabcorp as the Director of Operations of the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre.
Tabcorp – Australia’s largest wagering company and poker machine licencee, and the operator of the NSW and Victorian TAB’s – owns and operates the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre, and is also a direct competitor with Queensland’s exclusively licensed wagering provider the Tatts Group. The two companies are presently locked in negotiations for a merger which would render the combined group as the sole provider of state government contracted wagering services across Australia.
There is now a huge question mark over Whimpey’s claim to have been employed by Tabcorp during the latter half of 2005 and the year 2006 following revelations on this website today that his business partner in the BlokesWorld Live soft-porn promotions told the media in September 2005 that ‘Dave Whimpey is the former Director of Operations for the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre’.
It would be interesting to know what, if any, reference checks the Brisbane Racing Club performed to verify Whimpey’s claimed employment history.
Further Potential Misrepresentation of Employment History
David Whimpey stated in the CV submitted in his application for the BRC CEO role and continues to state on his published public profile that he was the founder, major shareholder and Managing-Director of a company, or group of companies, named the Optimal Media Group, which he claims employed 11 staff Australia-wide prior to its 2009 sale to a US firm named the Diversified Media Group.
There is strong evidence to suggest that Mr Whimpey has made a fraudulent misrepresentation about these matters. These matters will be fuyrther explored in an article to follow.
Prior Conflicts of Interest/Misuse of Position for Personal Gain
As stated above in 2005 when the Blokesworld Live controversy erupted David Whimpey, according to his resume, held the role of Director of Operations at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre. In this role his responsibilities included the approval, booking and billing of promotions, expos and events held at the centre.
Whilst there is no suggestion that Whimpey held or attempted to hold the Blokesworld Live promotion at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, there was clearly a direct conflict of interest between Whimpey’s professional role directing and operating an events centre dealing daily with events operators, other venues and centres, booking agents and suppliers, and his private role as the Managing Director of an events company.
The potential personal benefits that might flow from both Whimpey’s professional dealings and by virtue of the confidential information about matters such as pricing and contractual arrangements he acquired in the Director of Operations is enormous, and the scope and opportunity for Whimpey to potentially enter into secret quid-pro-quo type deals with other operators in the events industry is unacceptable.
This blatant conflict of interest, and Whimpey’s failure to disclose it in his application for the role of Chief Executive Officer of the BRC, is of importance in the context of contemporary allegations that he and his wife are allegedly deriving personal benefits in the form of payments of approximately $300 000 per year paid by wagering operator Tatts Group (UBET) to an affiliate wagering provider named Bet Fairy, owned and directed by Mrs Whimpey and the wife of former Racing Queensland CEO and General Council Samuel (Sam) Adams.
UBET and the Brisbane Racing Club are joint-venture partners in the operation of on-course totalisers (totes) at race courses owned and operated by the club. In his role as CEO David Whimpey has executive responsibility for management of the BRC’s interests in the joint venture.
What personal, professional and ethical barriers to improperly using their position for personal gain could anyone expect from a senior executive who has long and consistent form doing exactly just that?
Where will the buck stop when the Racing Integrity Commission or the CCC finally wake up to what’s been going on inside the BRC and begin an investigation that will inevitably prove the truth of the what we have been telling readers now for almost a month?
Heads must roll at the Brisbane Racing Club.
The self-serving, unethical misogynist cave man David Whimpey’s has to be the first.