Start Finance Gives Robbo Mortgage

Start Finance launched a television advertising campaign this week aiming at the Australian larrikin, with a “Robbo” version of the Sam Kekovich rant. The Robbo spot is set in the Royal Pub in Clifton Hill, Melbourne, with the sounds of Australian national anthem, “Advance Australia Fair” in the background. Robbo, played by account executive Mitchell Powell, raves into a microphone, as if warming up for a comedy club.

Start Finance Robbo

“It’s been a rough day. I put on my shirt and the button fell off. I picked up my shovel and the handle came off. I’ve got to tell you. I’m afraid to take a piss. What happened to a fair go Australia? Robbo here. First home buyer. Bloody see the big banks don’t want to have a bar of me. I don’t have assets, a flaming big deposit, or a big set of fake cans. I do like sausages. I dig holes for them mate. I work damn hard. I look forward to a good season of footie, a good Aussie barbie and a game of backyard cricket. I tried all the big banks and I had no luck. How does a bloke get a start nowadays? I’ll tell you how. Start Finance. They gave me a fair go and they got me a loan. To the pink tie hundred dollar haircut cosmopolo- Thai drinking mobile limos who wouldn’t even talk to me, you know where you can stick it. Up your yin yang China. Start Finance Australia. A real fair go. And remember if you keep your feet firmly planted on the ground you’ll have trouble putting on your pants.”

The super: “If Robbo can get a loan… anyone can”.

Look out for a cameo from John Barresi from the stage show Wogboys, and movie The Wogboy and What’s Goin’ On?

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube


Filming was directed and shot by Robert D’Assisi, via Kameleon Media, and edited by Casey Butler. The Robbo ad was developed at Cartel Agency, Melbourne.

  • Surojit

    haha great ad .. amazing that they allowed this on tv?

  • tastepatrol

    This advertisement is one of the most racist adverts I’ve seen on Australian TV in the past year, next to the bullshit you see spouted off by “Today Tonight” and “A Current Affair.”

    I cannot wait until this advertisement is stripped from the airways. Nor can I wait for the vast majority of the Australian population, racist as they are, to open their eyes to taste and acceptance.

    Australia is definitely, an incredibly racist nation, the fact that people do not notice the racism sticking out like a sore thumb from this commercial is proof enough of this point.

  • Hilarious

    Hey Taste Patrol.. maybe I am missing something, but where on earth is the racism? If you are referring to the “up your ying yang china” comment.. you’d probably should do yourself a favour and read up on Aussie slang.. the term “CHINA” stems from China Plate, it rhymes with “MATE”.. haha there is nothing racist about this ad at all.. its actually very damn funny.. Do a google on aussie/cockney slang.. you’ll see what I mean

  • Tax Foreclosures

    Very informative and well written.It's not a good thing for those who will have to leave California, but it would be a prefect lesson for those people who are taking care of Environment.