Bringing in the big gun
RED Rock business Intheshed has gone for the big guns in its battle to recover $2.5 million in outstanding invoices from the NSW Government.
Company managing director Phil Clare said he had met with Andrew Robinson, the solicitor who helped Aussie film star Paul Hogan in his battle with the Australian Tax Office.
“I met with Andrew last Tuesday in his offices in Kent Street (Sydney),” Mr Clare said.
“From our preliminary discussions he is confident we have a pretty good case.
“Basically, he’s told us to keep it simple and not muddy the waters with outside issues.
“He says we’ve got a contract, we’ve done the work. Now we want to get paid and just stick to that story.
“I’ve sent him all our documents and he will read over them before making a decision.”
It was welcome news for Mr Clare and Intheshed, who for the past six years has been working for area health services around NSW disposing of unwanted
assets as well as reporting on waste and compliance issues in the health department.
However, since he began submitting invoices for the work last year, he has become embroiled in a running battle with the NSW Health.
“Andrew’s advice to keep it simple is good news for me,” he said.
“All the stress and anxiety of this hasn’t been good for me.
"There’s been some heart problems and my doctor’s advised me to take three months off.
“But it’s something I don’t really want to do. They promised to tie me up in red tape and now my health is a problem.
“It’s just what they wanted really – to get rid of me however they could.”