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Monday, 30 May 1994
Page: 902

(Question No. 1316)


Senator Campbell asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 14 April 1994:

  (1) Please provide the following information relating to the appointment of Mr Fredrick Michael Chaney as the mediator in relation to the Federal Court injunction to halt the development of the Broome Crocodile Farm: (a) what was the total remuneration paid to Mr Chaney in relation to the matter; (b) what travel expenses were incurred; (c) what travel allowance was paid; and (d) what secretarial and printing expenses were incurred and from where was the administrative support provided.

  (2) Has any federally funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agency, including but not limited to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Community Development Employment Project, land council, or other committee or council, employed or remunerated Mr Chaney during the past 18 months; if so, what were the details of the appointments and remuneration involved.


Senator Collins —The Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1)(a) Nil. Mr Chaney is a staff member of the Graduate School of Management at the University of Western Australia. In that capacity, he was appointed by me under Section 13 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (the Act) to mediate on an application under the Act concerning the proposed development of a crocodile farm at Broome.

  (b) and (c) The Graduate School of Management is yet to submit an account for the work undertaken by Mr Chaney but I am informed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission that that account will total around $7 000.

  I am further informed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission that the Graduate School of Management's account will incorporate separate amounts for its fees for performance of the contract as well as travel expenses and administrative support for Mr Chaney.

  (d) I am also informed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission that it incurred costs totalling $4161.76 for the printing of government gazette notices and for the insertion of public notices concerning Mr Chaney's mediation in appropriate newspapers.

  (2) No. I am informed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission that Mr Chaney has undertaken work for the Graduate School of Management on one other consultancy contracted by his employer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. As a salaried staff member of the Graduate School of Management, Mr Chaney received no remuneration arising directly from that consultancy or from any other consultancy of a kind referred to by the honourable Senator in his question.