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Friday, 23 November 1979
Page: 2978


Senator Grimes asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 1 1 September 1979:

(   1 ) Has Mr J. H. Jamison been appointed as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the Efficiency and Administration of Hospitals; if so, will he be acting as Chairman in a full-time capacity.

(2)   Does Mr Jamison hold any other appointment from the Commonwealth Government.

(3)   Does Mr Jamison hold any appointments as a receiver of collapsed companies; if so: (a) on what dates was he appointed as receiver and what are the names of the companies; (b) for how long has he been making inquiries into, and settling the affairs of the creditors of, each of these companies; and (c) has at least one association of such creditors expressed its dissatisfaction with the lack of progress made by Mr Jamison on their behalf.


Senator Carrick - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) Mr Jamison's appointment as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the Efficiency and Administration of Hospitals is in a full-time capacity.

(2)   No.

(3)   I understand that Mr Jamison holds the following appointments as receiver (a)-

 

(b)   I am informed that Mr Jamison is not making inquiries into and settling the affairs of the creditors. This is not the function of a receiver but rather to dispose of the security held by the secured creditor and to account to the secured creditor therefor. I understand that there were originally 37 companies in the Mainline group under receivership and that the task has been completed in respect of 25 of them and the receivership terminated.

(c)   I am not aware of any such complaint. In appointing Mr Jamison the Government was confident that his experience and background would be of great assistance to the Commission in discharging the responsibilities given to it by the Letters Patent issued by His Excellency, the GovernorGeneral, on 29 August 1979.







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