A court case brought by Ashley Manicaros against the NT Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has been settled, with the former chief executive receiving $25,000 after mediation. 

Key points:

  • The former NTCA chief executive settles the court case over his sacking
  • Ashley Manicaros claimed he was fired due to his political opinions
  • NTCA said he was removed because of his performance in the role

Mr Manicaros sued the NTCA and its former president Chris Nott in March, alleging he was sacked in December because of his “political opinions”.

The NTCA disputed the claims and launched its own case against Mr Manicaros in July, saying he was removed because of his “performance and behaviour in his role”.

It also alleged Mr Manicaros “treated staff poorly” and appropriated $6,000 worth of meat — claims Mr Manicaros denies.

Court documents reveal Mr Manicaros discontinued his case on August 11 after mediation between the parties. The NTCA dropped its suit a day later. All claims and cross claims have been unconditionally withdrawn by the parties. 

“There was a settlement at mediation. Ashley Manicaros accepted $25,000 and settled the case,” current NTCA president David Connolly said.

Manicaros rejects allegations

In a statement to ABC Rural, Mr Manicaros said he had initially wanted to avoid bringing the matter to court. 

“I chose to bring an application in the Fair Work Commission in the first instance to maximise the NTCA’s opportunity to resolve the matter without having to resort to court proceedings,” he said.

“Unfortunately, I was forced to initiate proceedings in the Federal Court because the matter could not be resolved in the Fair Work Commission.

“I reject these allegations utterly.

“Finally, I want to thank the hard-working members of the NTCA. It was my pleasure to serve in their interests and I carried out my duties to the best of my ability.

“I wish the NTCA members all the best in the future.”

Former CEO settles court action against NT Cattlemen’s Association
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