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ACT Leader Surprised

ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble today said he was surprised to learn from the media that a temporary Press Secretary employed by Parliamentary Services to provide media services for ACT was the subject of a complaint to the Police.

“Mr Gregory informed the ACT office yesterday that he was tendering his resignation to Parliamentary Services. He said that the issue was the result of a misunderstanding and in resigning he was not admitting guilt but wished to avoid any embarrassment to ACT especially given our strong views on the importance of the rule of law. Mr Gregory didn’t hand in his resignation to ACT because he has never been an employee of the Parliamentary Party and has always been in the employ of Parliamentary Services.

“Mr Gregory’s Press services that he provided for the ACT Parliamentary Party for the two weeks he worked in Parliament were more than satisfactory.

“Mr Gregory advises me that the matter is a misunderstanding. And that he has sought advice from a lawyer and will be vigorously defending any possible charges.

“The taking of any illegal drug in Parliament is totally unacceptable. But, in saying so, to be fair to Mr Gregory I am making no allegations against him.

“As this is a matter between Mr Gregory and his employer Parliamentary Services and is now apparently the subject of a complaint to the Police there is nothing I can usefully add except to say that I am not aware of and nor would I tolerate any criminal or improper actions by any employee of ACT,” said Hon Richard Prebble.

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