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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1853..


MR WOOD (continuing):

Ms Szuty first learnt of the complaint on 17 July when she had discussions about her continuing in employment with the agency, just over four weeks following her commencement. The Minister's complaint led to the decision by Cec Hodgkinson Real Estate to discontinue her employment under the terms and conditions of her employment contract agreed to on 15 June - a severe repercussion.

On ceasing with Cec Hodgkinson Real Estate, she held discussions with Mr Adam Moore of the Real Estate Institute of the ACT on 21 July about the nature of the complaint and about her future prospects of employment in real estate. As the complaint was made in confidence, she did not learn the details of it until it was faxed to her on 27 July 1998. On 29 July she wrote to the Minister outlining her recollection of the events in question, requesting the Minister to withdraw the complaint about her conduct in writing to the Real Estate Institute of the ACT, and to provide a copy of the letter to herself and to do this within 14 days. She has not received a response from the Minister. Quite apart from the question of her integrity, she wishes to continue to work in the real estate industry, so this is an important issue.

I ask the Minister to consider whether he misunderstood the situation and, if it is possible, to put things right for Ms Szuty. I mentioned earlier today to Mr Smyth that I would raise this matter in the Assembly. Mr Speaker, may I table documents relative to this?

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: I table the relevant papers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 9.32 pm


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