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Tuesday, 9 June 1970

Mr Daly asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Is the P.G. Huxley, Esquire, listed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia, identical with the person of that name recently convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for crimes described by the judge as cunningly conceived and elaborately executed with the skill of a master criminal.

(2)   Is the Executive Committee elected by democratic procedures.

(3)   If not can he say whether Mr Huxley was appointed by direction and on the personal recommendation of the Director of the Fund, Mr R. J.

Turner, in return for the nomination by Huxley of Mr Turner to the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales.

(4)   if so, will he indicate what action he intends to take to prevent 'horse trading' of this nature in the appointment of directors to this and other benefit funds.

(5)   As the Rural Bank of New South Wales is shown as one of the bankers of this Fund, is he in a position to state whether the funds of this organisation were manipulated by this master criminal during his association with the Fund and as an officer ofthe Rural Bank.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   , (3) and (4) The members of the Executive Committee of the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia Ltd are appointed in accordance with the Articles of Association of the company. Mr P. G. Huxley was appointed to the Executive Committee by the Lewisham Hospital which is a constituent hospital of the H C.F.

(5)   Section 76 of the National Health Act sets down the . requirements in regard to financial returns that registered organisations must submit annually to the Director-General of Health. The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia has complied with these requirements and the financial statements submitted contain the Auditors report made in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act of New South Wales. The Auditors reports are unqualified.

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