Monday, 24 November 2008

Driver gets $55K payout after affair with MP

The Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, has announced a settlement with the driver who had an affair with former Cabinet Minister, Paula Wriedt.

Ms Wriedt attempted to commit suicide in August when she learned the driver, Ben Chaffey, had lodged a claim with the Government.

Mr Chaffey's lawyers had threatened to pursue a sexual harassment claim.

The Premier says Mr Chaffey has agreed to a one off payment of $40,000, as well as reimbursement for up to $15,000 in legal and medical fees.

Mr Chaffey will also be offered another job in State Government but on a lower salary.

Ms Wriedt was sacked from the front bench six weeks after her suicide attempt.

She is still on leave and has not announced if she is returning to Parliament.


Tas Premier sacks Wriedt
Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett has sacked Paula Wriedt from his Cabinet.

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