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Notice given 4 December 2000

3196  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs—

(1) What was the purchase price paid by the Indigenous Land Corporation to acquire the Roebuck Plains cattle station.

(2) What was the price paid by the vendors of the Roebuck Plains when it was purchased some 12 months prior to the resale to the Indigenous Land Corporation.

(3) What was the reason for the substantial increase in sale price over that 12-month period.

(4) Was the price paid by the Indigenous Land Corporation for Roebuck Plains within commercial valuation at the time.

(5) Was a commercial valuation of Roebuck Plains undertaken prior to its purchase by the Indigenous Land Corporation.

(6) Why did the Indigenous Land Corporation purchase Roebuck Plains when there was no registration of a land need or application by proponents.

(7) Was there an assessment of Roebuck Plains against National Indigenous Land Strategy criteria before the Indigenous Land Corporation Board considered a purchase proposal.

(8) Who negotiated the purchase price of Roebuck Plains.

(9) Why did the Indigenous Land Corporation not utilise its usual service provider, KFPW, in negotiating a purchase price.

(10) Was a cattle muster conducted prior to the Indigenous Land Corporation’s purchase of Roebuck Plains.

(11) Why did the Indigenous Land Corporation enter into a 15-year management agreement with the vendors of Roebuck Plains that effectively locked Aboriginal people out of the arrangement.

(12) What capital investment did the vendors of Roebuck Plains (Great Northern Pastoral Company) make to entitle their retaining about 50 per cent of all profits for the 15-year period of the management agreement.

(13) Why did the Indigenous Land Corporation pay the Great Northern Pastoral Company $1 million to extricate itself from the 15-year management agreement that still had 14 years to run.

(14) Who negotiated the 15-year management agreement.

(15) Was a commission paid to the person or persons who negotiated the purchase price and management agreement.

(16) (a) Who are the directors of the Great Northern Pastoral Company; and (b) do any of them have a criminal record.

(17) Was there any relationship between the Great Northern Pastoral Company and the deceased Max Green.

(18) Is there any relationship between David Baffsky, a director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, and the Great Northern Pastoral Company.

(19) Is there any relationship between David Baffsky and John Vereker, a director of the Great Northern Pastoral Company.

(20) Was there a relationship between David Baffsky and Max Green.

(21) Have there been any money laundering activities evident at Roebuck Plains, or investigations into such activities.

(22) Has a commercial crop of marijuana been grown at Roebuck Plains whilst that station was owned or jointly managed by the Great Northern Pastoral Company.

(23) When the Indigenous Land Corporation purchased a related cattle property, Cardabia Station, did the corporation assist the vendor in avoiding a taxation obligation by attributing false valuations to land and stock.

(24) Did two directors and the Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Land Corporation enter into negotiations with the former owners of Roebuck Plains (Great Northern Pastoral Company) to strip the station of its stock without the knowledge or consent of other directors of the corporation.

(25) Was the price proposed by the Great Northern Pastoral Company for the purchase of the entire cattle herd of Roebuck Plains in accord with then current market prices.