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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3417

Mr Hayden asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What percentage of those (a) medical and (b) hospital funds which provide for the election of contributor representatives have, in fact, an elected contributor representative on their governing bodies (Hansard, 8th September 1971, page 977).

(2)   Was the election by all fund members in the area concerned in each case; if not, what other method was used.

(3)   What percentage of open funds provides for the election of contributor representatives to their governing bodies.

(4)   What percentage of the 3 largest open funds in each State makes this provision and has the provision been fulfilled; if so, in what way.

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

(1)   (a) Medical 97 per cent;

(b)   Hospital 97 per cent.

(2)   It is assumed the honourable member wishes to establish whether contributors are given the opportunity to vote for contributor representatives. If so, the answer is yes.

(3)   Medical 82 per cent; Hospital 74 per cent.

(4)   New South Wales- 331/3 per cent

The one organisation represented by this percentage is a friendly society fund, the procedure for which is referred to in (2) above.

Victoria - 100 per cent

Two organisations are friendly society funds. The remaining organisation at present has 3 contributor representatives in its Governing body of 11.

Both organisations are friendly society funds; see (2) above.

South Australia - 662/3 per cent

Both organisations are friendly society funds and one of these makes specific provision in its constitution for the election of contributor representatives.

Western Australia -662/3 per cent

One organisation is a friendly society fund. The remaining fund fulfils the provision by the fact that members of the Management Committee are proposed and seconded by contributors and elected by ballot of contributors present at the Annual General Meeting.

Tasmania - Nil

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