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Monday, 4 September 2006
Page: 171


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 1 June 2006:

(1)   Can details be provided of the selection process that preceded the appointment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation of the ‘interim’ directors and staff of the unincorporated venture Single Vision.

(2)   Can the Minister confirm that all persons appointed as ‘interim’ directors of the unincorporated venture Single Vision are also directors of Single Vision Grains Australia Limited.

(3)   Can the Minister also confirm that the Chief Executive Officer of the unincorporated venture Single Vision is also a director of Single Vision Grains Australia Limited.


Senator Abetz (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   At its 6 April 2005 meeting the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Board determined the key skills requirements for the Single Vision interim board. The GCA also proposed several guidelines. On 19 April 2005 the GCA President and Chief Operating Officer met with the GRDC Managing Director and supplied a list of suggested names and skills requirements for the interim board and CEO. On 29 April 2005 the GRDC Chairman wrote to the Managing Directors of each of GrainCorp Limited, CBH, ABB Ltd and AWB Ltd seeking their views on suitable candidates for members of the interim board. The GRDC Chairman held several discussions with the GCA President, including on 26 June 2005. The GRDC Board then selected the interim board and announced it on 7 July 2005. The GRDC engaged recruitment specialists AgPeople Pty Ltd to run the Single Vision Chief Executive Officer selection process. AgPeople advertised the position nationally in July 2005. The selection panel consisted of the GCA President, Single Vision interim board Chairman, GRDC Executive Manager Corporate Services, and two other members of the Single Vision interim board. A number of candidates were interviewed and Selwyn Snell was offered the position.

(2)   Not all persons appointed as ‘interim’ directors of the Single Vision Grains Australia are directors of Single Vision Grains Australia Limited.

(3)   The Chief Executive Officer of Single Vision Grains Australia is also a director of Single Vision Grains Australia Limited.