Financial planner Mark Babbage banned from training for sneaking into WA for AFL Grand Final

A melbourne A financial planner who entered Perth illegally to watch the AFL Grand Final during Western Australia’s strict COVID-19 border restrictions has been banned from practicing in his sector.
the criminal charges of which Mark Babbage was found guilty for his efforts to attend the Grand Final led the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to ban him from providing financial services or engaging in credit activities for 10 years.
The Demons fan was also banned from performing any duties related to the provision of credit services after pleading guilty to charges of gaining by fraud and three charges of breach covid laws in WA at the Magistrates Court of Western Australia in October.
Hayden Burbank (left) and Mark Babbage (right) during the AFL Grand Final. (Provided)

Babbage was jailed for three months in Western Australia for the crimes, as was his friend Hayden Burbank, owner of Melbourne bar and restaurant Morris Jones, who traveled with him.

The couple traveled from Melbourne to Darwin, where they forged vehicle, rental and bank documents to then be allowed into Perth as tourists in time to watch the AFL Grand Final.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge holds the 2014 AFL Premiership Cup with Sydney Swans captain Kieren Jack.  (PAA)

Crowds line the streets of Melbourne for the AFL Grand Final parade

ASIC today released a statement saying it is “satisfied that Mr. Babbage lacks the honesty and integrity to participate in the financial services and credit industries.”

His 10-year ban began on March 11.

Mr Babbage was the director of Babbage Finance Pty Ltd until his imprisonment in October.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: during the AFL Grand Final 2021 match between Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
The 2021 AFL Grand Final match between Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs was held in Perth due to COVID-19. (Getty)

His fraud conviction also means he is disqualified from the management company for five years.


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