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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7657


Senator Sherry asked the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, upon notice, on 27 September 2002:

(1) Since his appointment on 3 October 2001 to the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal, in how many review hearings has Mr Michael Baume participated.

(2) Since 3 October 2001, in how many review hearings have each of the other members of the SCT participated.

(3) Of the review hearings in which Mr Baume participated: (a) how many determinations were in favour of complainants; and (b) how many determinations upheld the trustees' decisions.

(4) (a) What is the average proportion of review determinations in favour of complainants; and (b) what is the average proportion of determinations that uphold the trustees' decisions.

(5) On what basis is the remuneration of members of the tribunal determined.

(6) What is the total remuneration Mr Baume has received since his appointment to the tribunal.

(7) What is the total remuneration received by other members of the tribunal in the same period.

(8) What is the term of Mr Baume's appointment.

(9) Is Mr Baume listed as a tribunal member on its website; if not, why not.

(10) With reference to Mr Baume's qualifications for the tribunal, as outlined in part (9) of the answer to question on notice no.1 (Senate Hansard, 17 June 2002, p.1869): (a) how do these qualifications differ from those of other members of the tribunal; and (b) based on the review hearings in which Mr Baume has participated so far, what have his qualifications added to the tribunal.


Senator Coonan (Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) 39.

(2) Number of hearings Tribunal members participated in:

a. Graham McDonald, Chairperson, 79

b. Nicole Cullen, Deputy Chairperson, 70

c. Jane Abbott, 49

d. Katy Adams, 48

e. Jennifer Batrouney, 33

f. Ross Christie, 80

g. Ken Dance, 38

h. Catherine Dean, 39

i. Richard Fayle, 12

j. Colin Grenfell, 29

k. Damyon Lill, 41

l. Pam McAlister, 35

m. Diana Olsberg, 52

n. Robert Putnam, 65

o. Carolyn Re, 64

p. Anne Shanahan, 77

q. Brian Sharpe, 59

r. Marita Wall, 29

(3) Of the 39 hearings Mr Baume participated in, 19 have had Determinations issued. The results are as follows:

Trustee decision affirmed, 10

Trustee decision set aside, 7

Remitted to Trustee for re-consideration, 2

(4) (a) In the 2001-02 year in 41% of cases the Determinations were

(i) to set aside the decision of the Trustee and substitute the decision of the Tribunal;

(ii) to vary the decision of the Trustee; or

(iii) remit the case to the Trustee with directions for further consideration.

(b) 59%.

(5) The Remuneration Tribunal.

(6) This information is not publicly available.

(7) This information is not publicly available.

(8) 3 October 2001 to 3 April 2003.

(9) The Website now displays Mr Baume as a member.

(a) The members bring to the Tribunal a variety of skills and qualifications that assist the Tribunal to carry out its functions.

(b) The Tribunal hearings in which Mr Baume has participated are constituted by 3 members. All participating members contribute to the decision and reasons. It is not possible to identify the contributions made to the decision-making process by any one member of a multi-member Tribunal.