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Monday, 27 September 1993
Page: 1235

(Question No. 517)


Senator Panizza asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 18 August 1993:

  (1) Is the Minister aware of a report in the Kalgoorlie Miner of 15 July 1993 in which it was stated that the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) chairman (Mr Greg Stubbs) was found guilty of imposition by making a false statement on an ATSIC travel form in November 1991 and that he was placed on a $1000, 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay restitution of $782 and costs of $3149.50.

  (2) Will Mr Stubbs remain as a regional councillor of ATSIC.

  (3) Will Mr Stubbs continue in his ATSIC-funded position as Aboriginal medical service director.


Senator Collins —The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has provided the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs with the following information in response to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) I was advised by The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) on 15 July 1993 that Mr Greg Stubbs, a former Chairperson and current member of the ATSIC Wongi Regional Council and Director of the Kalgoorlie Aboriginal Medical Service, had been found guilty of imposition upon the Commonwealth. The brief included a copy of the Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper article of 15 July 1993 which stated that Mr Stubbs had been placed on a $1,000—12 month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay restitution of $782 and costs of $3,149.50.

  (2) There is no provision in the ATSIC Act to remove a Regional Councillor under such circumstances and Mr Stubbs will remain as a member of the Wongi Regional Council.

  (3) Mr Stubbs has remained employed as the Director of the Kalgoorlie Aboriginal Medical Service. ATSIC's conditions place restrictions on the use of Commission funds to employ staff who have been convicted of certain offences. However, there is no provision in the current ATSIC Act or in its terms and conditions of grant funding to remove an employee of an ATSIC funded corporation where no conviction is recorded.