Media reports asserting I demanded changes to the Indigenous Land Corporation’s 2014-15 annual report are completely false.
Although I am loathe to engage in a campaign that is all about impugning the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and Australian Government, it is important I correct the record.
I did not direct the ILC make changes to the report. Nor do I have the authority to do so.
What I did was ask the ILC Board to consider responding to factual inaccuracies in the statement from the former Chair contained in the annual report. It is completely appropriate for me to bring to the attention of the ILC Board these inaccuracies.
The ILC Board, of its own volition, decided how it wished to respond – and decided to add a statement to the annual report from the current Chair, Mr Eddie Fry. There were no other changes made to the report.
The documents obtained by the former Chair under Freedom of Information include internal communication between ILC staff and draft documents produced by ILC staff. These documents were drafted without the knowledge of myself, my office or the ILC Board.
These documents do not accurately reflect that I only requested that the ILC Board consider how it might respond to the inaccuracies in the former Chair’s statement.
Under the previous leadership, too much time was wasted and significant opportunities squandered while the ILC engaged in political games and conspiracy theories. I have no interest in revisiting any of this nonsense.
I am just pleased the ILC is now focused on getting on with its core business: supporting the economic aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.