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Statement by the Chief Executive Officer.



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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

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Statement by the Chief Executive Officer

25/2/2003

In the light of recent media coverage I am issuing this statement to clarify matters of ATSIC process.

On 19 September last year the fourth ATSIC Board made an in-principle decision to contribute funds towards the legal costs of the Chairman and others charged following an incident at Warrnambool, Victoria, on 2 May 2002.

This in-principle decision was always subject to a specific formal application being made at some future time to assist with such costs, with approval of any such decision being made by an authorised delegate - that is, a senior member of ATSIC’s administration.

Should an application be received, there will be an opportunity for the new Board, if it so wishes, to reconsider this matter before any decision is taken on such an application.

Wayne Gibbons Chief Executive Officer

Canberra 25 February 2002

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