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External investigator to probe Wingard claims

Private detectives deal with complaints against Cory Wingard Sports Minister and members of his staff after the head of the state’s premier grassroots sports group claimed to have felt “bullied and threatened” after meeting with the pair. I was brought in to do it.

After meeting with Wingard last week, SportSA CEO Leah Cassidy told Prime Minister Steven Marshall, “I felt the recent cases of bullying and intimidation in the hands of Hong’s recreation, sports and racing ministers.” rice field. Corey Wingard “.

letter, Provided to InDaily By a third party, Wingard said: “We deliberately mentioned that we investigated the finances of Triathlon SA, one of the members who issued a public statement about partnership grants.” Yes, how much triathlon costs for trophies, staffing and events. You can see how much you’ve spent, “Casidi believed,” designed to be intimidating. “

“The triathlon shows that the references made during the meeting are very threatening,” she writes.

She also said that the staff in attendance personally scared her and “the minister did not try to stop this action during the meeting.”

She also claimed that she was not invited to a subsequent stakeholder meeting after filing a complaint that the meeting had been processed.

Marshall said yesterday that Ranieri was “very experienced on these issues and will wait for her to return a recommendation,” and complained to Elma Ranieri of the Public Sector Employment Commission for an investigation. He said he had inquired.

but, InDaily Ranieri can make it clear that he will not conduct the investigation, but will review it once the investigation is complete.

Answering today’s question, her office said InDaily: “An outside investigator has been appointed to investigate this issue.”

“They have extensive experience working with the South Australian Government and were appointed on the recommendation of the Crown Solicitor Office,” they said.

InDaily Report in April The state government has set up a permanent team of private detectives to carry out investigations of “any nature” at the request of the public sector, and Ranieri has been “regularly used and standard” by Congress this year. Told.

However, her office today said investigators had another appointment, “their appointments are separate from the ongoing procurement process to establish a committee of investigators.”

An investigative meeting (also attended by former Ran Government Sports Minister, Sports SA President Michael Wright) was called in to express concern. Flagged InDaily last month – A new state government funding model for sports grants that many stakeholders claim to be “capturing the sector.”

The new program will split $ 2.3 million between 19 projects, requiring applicants to “implement projects in collaboration with at least one other organization.”

However, state-owned grassroots sports organizations say the new grant model will remove funds from their sector and instead divert it to big-money stakeholders, private providers, and councils.

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