The barrister suggested the reason Stolz “can’t find a job in the clubs industry at the moment” is not because he has been defamed, but because “you have bitten the hand that’s fed you, you’ve decided to criticise the clubs industry”.
“Not true,” Stolz said. “I can’t work at the moment because I have terminal cancer.”
Stolz was brought to court with a series documents he created during anti-money laundering audits and counter-terrorism compliance audits. This document suggested that deficiencies were found at one of the clubs he had visited in a subsequent audit conducted by police six weeks later.
He Police inspect different items such as fire safety. They are not considered money-laundering or counterterrorism. It is possible that deficiencies have arisen in the weeks following the inspection.
Stolz denied that he sued solely to get money from ClubsNSW, telling the court he has seen “how litigious ClubsNSW are” and the negative treatment doled out to former employees.
“My intention is to clear my name,” Stolz said. “I’m happy I’ve had the opportunity, and my health’s holding enough, that I can be here to tell my story.”
Seck suggested Stolz was fired as Initialism leader not because of ClubsNSW but because he included quotes by his boss Neil Jeans, in a legal demand letter in November 2019 that lacked permission.
He read from an email where Jeans said he was “extremely disappointed” Stolz had “seen fit to drag me into this” and that Stolz “did not have my permission to directly quote me” or make reference to him in legal correspondence.
Stolz stated that Stolz believed he had permission. It seemed like there had been some confusion.
Seck suggested that Stolz “decided to go rogue and criticise the clubs industry” after his employment plans following his resignation from ClubsNSW “fell over”.
“No rogue here,” Stolz said. “We’ve got serious crime issues with money laundering in this country, and ClubsNSW is enabling that.”
He said he sent emails to the media because, “I take money laundering and covering up crime by an organisation seriously”.
“I’m obligated as a citizen to report crime,” Stolz said.
The hearing continues.
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