The Gillard Government’s interference in the high performing and well regarded Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) could bring the successful organisation to its knees, Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion said.
“ILC CEO David Galvin received a letter from new ILC chair Dr Dawn Casey, who was appointed chair by Jenny Macklin late last year, stating the board’s preferred position that he be terminated. The letter further stated that this position reflected the views of Minister Macklin.
“At the time Jenny Macklin tried to deny any involvement by asserted that she wasn’t aware of the contents of the correspondence and that she respected the role of the ILC as an independent statutory authority.
“Given the fact that Mr Galvin has now been terminated part way through his term of employment, as foreshadowed in Dr Casey’s letter and allegedly endorsed by Jenny Macklin, and that contentious and significant changes have also been made to the ILC board’s Audit and Risk Management committee, the Minister must come clean and clarify just what involvement she has had in this affair.
“Minister Macklin has only two options: she must admit interfering in the removal of a CEO of an independent statutory authority and explain her actions; or sack her handpicked chair Dr Casey for alleging ministerial interference.
“While at it, Minister Macklin must also investigate if the process undertaken by the ILC board in changing the membership of the audit committee is compliant with the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act, and if not, take immediate action to declare the appointments invalid.
“We cannot allow an unseemly political agenda to ruin the good work that the ILC has been doing in closing the gap with employment opportunities such as having over 125 Indigenous employees at the ILC owned Rock Resort Yulara, as well as other ventures owned and supported by the ILC.
“It would be both unacceptable and a gross insult to our first Australians if the government is embarking on appointing Labor mates to board positions instead of ensuring authorities such as the ILC have skilled, competent and passionate individuals with a proven track record are left to do what they do best. That is develop economic opportunities for Indigenous Australians,” Senator Scullion said.
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