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The Independent Weekly news
But there were thorns in this
Rick and Michelle s business was
in some trouble. He d been working
in sales management when a deal
"I was a contract agent for an
engineering sales company. So I d
just bought this house in June 2003
and just bought Michelle a brand-
new Pajero. Our son was going to St
Peters and she was going to her Next
Generation gym and everything I
could possibly give I gave her.
"But suddenly we -- my business,
myself and Michelle -- were being
sued for $2.7 million.
"She had gone to him for more
mentoring and discussions over
how to deal with this. It was going
to mean we would lose this house,
be bankrupt for a couple of million
dollars. All her family is in America.
So, she s gone to the honourable
Mike Rann expecting that you might
get some counselling, some sort of
"At the time Michelle was 33.
She ll be 40 next week and my friends
even now say she s the most naive
40-year-old you ll ever meet -- and
as all my friends say, that s what we
loved about her.
"Under the extreme duress,
everything that we d worked for was
going to be lost in that lawsuit. She s
gone to him for some counsel. It s the
honourable Mike Rann, for goodness
sake! She s thinking: Wow, this is
the most powerful man in the State.
All I ve got at home is depression and
misery. I m fighting to stay afloat. I
don t know where the next dollar is
coming from ."
It takes two to tango, sang Louis
Armstrong, but in a marriage three
can step on each other s toes.
"On the 12th of October 2005, that s
when I first suspected something,"
Mr Phillips remembers. "I know that
date is for sure because I walked in
the bedroom upstairs and she was
text messaging, and when I walked
in she jumped to her feet and went
as red as a beet. I thought, there s
something going on here , and I rang
Telstra the next day to try and find
out about the text messages.
"On the 14th of October 2005 I
actually had it confirmed by Telstra
-- I dialled one of the numbers and it
was Rann s mobile number.
"I got his voicemail, so I dialled
it again, still got the voicemail --
then came home and confronted
"She then rang him and warned
him that I d found out about what
was going on. The next morning,
which happened to be our tenth
wedding anniversary, she played
me a voicemail message from
Rann where he says something
like, here s what s going to
happen ... turn your phone off.
Sasha will invite you and Rick
to a function, you then play the
voicemail message to Rick and
he s going to think it s all above
board because we re inviting you
to a function.
"But the invitation never
"I rang his number a couple
of times and thought I was quite
controlled in what I was saying.
I said: Michelle wants your
friendship to continue so as long
as your partner knows about it
and now that I know about it, why
don t we all get together and have
a cup of coffee and discuss the
nature of the friendship. By the
way you were going to invite us
to a function. Why don t we just
get together, have a cup of coffee
and come to my house if you don t
want to go somewhere public. I
put in about two or three phone
calls and within two weeks he d
disconnected his phone."
But Mr Phillips was not at all
convinced then, and still is not
convinced today, that Sasha actu-
ally did know about the nature of
"It s a matter of public record
that my phone bills have been laid
out for all to see -- or Michelle s
phone bills, should I say. She
would contact him five times
on a Wednesday, five times on a
Thursday, five times on a Friday
and he would respond. That was
the arrangement -- she would text
him and he would call because he
wouldn t put anything on paper.
Then there were no text messages
on Saturday or Sunday, but
then back to five and so forth on
Monday and Tuesday.
"But Rann states that his wife
knew of the relationship and was
comfortable with it. Michelle had
all the time in the world, running
kids around Saturday and Sunday,
so when I wasn t there she could
have sent him a text message
while the boys were playing
cricket or doing whatever they
were doing. So the only reason I
can think of that she didn t text
on a Sunday is because I suspect
Rann couldn t accept the weekend
contact, so therefore his wife
didn t know."
It has to be said that this
is merely Mr Phillips own
suspicion. When the Chantelois
allegations became public,
Sasha Carruozzo phoned certain
Adelaide media to tell them that
she did know of the friendship,
and that she did not disapprove.
"No-one s asked in a really
strong way, is it appropriate for
someone in his position to be
having this flirty, funny friend-
ship with a young lady? I mean
if we were in school and it was a
teacher, let alone the headmaster
having a funny, flirty relationship
with an 18-year-old student
who s of age, and they were text
messaging each other constantly,
it would be totally inappropriate.
But the man in the highest chair
in South Australia flirting with a
Meanwhile, Mr Phillips was
still trying to wrestle his own
demons. He kept on writing
letters, addressing them to the
Premier s Salisbury electorate
office, to the Ministerial office in
Victoria Square and to Parliament
"If I d known his address I
would do what every man would
do -- you go and confront the guy
and it s dealt with. It s either dealt
with verbally or physically and
both parties know well enough to
stay out of each other s way going
forward, don t they?
"Whereas in my situation,
for four years I ve had to sit and
every time I turn the TV on I see
his face there. Every time I turn
on the radio I hear that beautiful
voice. Every time I go and buy
a newspaper -- I didn t buy The
Advertiser for four years -- they d
have his pictures in there. I could
not get any closure or any contact
with him. That s been the most
difficult thing. You can t have it
out. That s what is unique about
my situation -- with anyone else
you could go and confront them."
Then came a night in October
last year, and it really was a night
to remember. Mr Phillips received
an invitation to a tasting at the
National Wine Centre. It was an
enjoyable, relaxed evening, and
there is no suggestion that Mr
Phillips had any more than a few
tastings. He was certainly not
drunk, not affected by alcohol.
"We were leaving and someone
suggested I pick up a Winestate
magazine as a souvenir. Some
of the people were peering in
the door of the function room
downstairs. As I looked in I could
see him there.
"I sort of just stood there and
thought, This is the first time I ve
seen him in four years -- actually
14 days short of four years. Once
he s finished his speech he s likely
to rush out, so I ll just wait and
say something to him when he
"I m just standing, holding the
magazine, and when you hold a
magazine you generally roll it up.
I didn t turn it into a bludgeon or
"Then he sat down so I thought,
OK, I ll go over to the table and
talk to him and just say something
to him. I walked past a dozen
tables with bottles of wine on
them. I mean I could ve dropped
the magazine and punched him,
I could ve hit him with a bottle
of wine but I didn t. All I did was
make a statement.
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From Page 3
I dropped the
thought: Oh shit what
have I done? Rann s
likely to have two or
three bodyguards here.
Rick Phillips: "I got the Premier's voicemail".
Photo: Kate Elmes
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