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20 Sep 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Greg Fisher Apologises

LGBTI Community, News & Politics

EXCLUSIVE: Greg Fisher Apologises

Greg mFisherFloated on the Australian Stock exchange in 1999, Greg Fisher CEO of The Satellite Property and Media Group, together with Dr Kerryn Phelps as Chair of the Group, raised over $25M, mostly from gay and lesbian investors.  Along the way he purchased every Gay Newspaper in Australia except Star Observer.

Greg Fisher lived the high life surrounded by celebrities, seen at every A-list party, perched high above Sydney in his penthouse with expensive cars below.  He sailed Sydney Harbour in his flash yacht surrounded by a bevy of buffed men at his play things.

Six months later in 2000, the property and media organisation collapsed leaving hundreds of gay and lesbian employees out of a job and a community without its life-blood, the weekly print publications everyone relied on in the pre-internet era.

The devastation and mistrust it caused nationally to the LGBTI community was unprecedented.

In the months and years that followed, Greg Fisher would descend into the underworld of drug dealing.  Ultimately he would go on to spend nearly 8 years in jail for corporate corruption and importation of a large quantity of cocaine.

“Inside Out” is Greg Fisher’s memoir of the heady times past and his long road to redemption.

Astoundingly, only two sentences in this memoir are devoted to the Satellite Media group and never has he attempted to apologies for the impact it had on his employees, or the LGBTI community nationally – until today.

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