ClubsNSW settles case with terminally ill whistleblower Troy Stolz

Long-running case ends days after lobby group sacked its CEO over comments about the NSW premier’s Catholic faith

Whistleblower Troy Stolz has announced his long-running legal battle with ClubsNSW has ended just days after the lobby group sacked its former chief executive.

Stolz, a terminally ill former employee of ClubsNSW, announced on Tuesday that litigation between the two parties had been “resolved” after reaching an out-of-court settlement.

The settlement comes less than a week after the former ClubsNSW boss Josh Landis was sacked over comments he made about NSW premier Dominic Perottet’s Catholic faith, amid a push for gambling reform in the state.

Stolz, who has oesophagus and bone cancer, was being pursued by the lobby group for breach of confidentiality and criminal contempt over the alleged leak of a series of documents exposing a lack of compliance with anti-money laundering laws in the sector.

I am hapy 2 announce that the litigation between me & ClubsNSW has resolved. Im relieved Its over& that I can now concentrate on my health I will continue to push 4 gambling reform in NSW but I am no enemy of ClubsNSW or clubs generally Clubs are an important part of communities

— Troy Stolz (@TroyStolz) February 7, 2023

He spent a week under cross-examination in the federal court in December, and the case had been due to return to court in February. Stolz was also counter-suing the lobby group for defamation and alleged breaches of the Fair Work Act.

On social media Stolz said he was “relieved it’s over and that I can now concentrate on my health”.

“I will continue to push 4 (sic) gambling reform in NSW but I am no enemy of ClubsNSW or clubs generally. Clubs are an important part of communities,” he said.

Stolz has become a vocal advocate for gambling reform and a public critic of both the lobby group and the NSW Labor party over its refusal to back cashless gaming reform.

He has nominated to run against the NSW opposition leader, Chris Minns, in the seat of Kogarah at the March state election.

In a statement, ClubsNSW said it was “pleased that a mutually agreeable settlement has been reached in the matters with Mr Troy Stolz”.

“Due to the confidential nature of the settlement, no further details will be provided,” a spokesperson said.


Michael McGowan

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