Governance

Charitable Fundraising by RSL LifeCare

For RSL LifeCare Limited, a veterans and aged care charity and subsidiary of the Returned Services League of Australia (NSW Branch), instructed by PWC and Clayton Utz, in 10 weeks of hearings held between August and December 2017, into alleged misuse of charitable funds and breaches of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (NSW) by the Returned Services League of NSW, its related entities, directors and officers.

>> Written Closing Submissions for RSL LifeCare

>> Oral Closing Address for RSL LifeCare

>> On 31 January 2018, the Public Inquirer, former Supreme Court of NSW Chief Judge in Equity, the Hon. Patrica Bergin SC, delivered her Report to the NSW Parliament.

>> On 16 May 2018, a related investigation by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission into the Returned Services League of NSW and RSL LifeCare in relation to breaches of the Governance Standards under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) was resolved, with the ACNC accepting Enforceable Undertakings from the RSL charities.

Greek Atlas League Inc (2018) NSWSC

For Greek Atlas League Inc, a Greek community association, in Supreme Court of New South Wales proceedings concerning the validity of elections for the Administrative Council.

>> On 21 February 2018, at final hearing before Robb J, orders were made as to the make-up of the Council and requiring the delivery up of association documents by former officers.

Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry

For dismissed Chief Executive Officer of industry regulator Greyhound Racing NSW, instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright and Clayton Utz Sydney, in hearings held between September 2015 and February 2016.

On 16 June 2016, the Commissioner, former High Court Justice, Michael McHugh QC, delivered his final report to the NSW Parliament.  The final report was released on 7 July 2016, at which time the NSW Government announced plans to close down the industry, however, those plans were subsequently reversed.

>> Media coverage.

>> Volume 1  Volume 2  Volume 3  Amendments to the report

Independent Commission Against Corruption - Operation Tunic (Claims Management & Procurement)

For the NSW Mine Subsidence Board (now Subsidence Advisory NSW, an agency of the NSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation) in inquiry into alleged corrupt conduct in mine subsidence remediation procurement undertaken pursuant to the Mine Subsidence Compensation Act 1961, and whether end-to-end claims management processes lacked satisfactory controls to prevent corruption. 

>> The inquiry commenced in October 2014 before ICAC Commissioner the Hon. Megan Latham, a justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. 

>> On 23 March 2016, the Investigation report found that an MSB District Manager along with two contractors engaged by the MSB, had engaged in serious corrupt conduct. ICAC made seven corruption prevention recommendations to reduce the risk of recurrent corrupt conduct in the MSB. The MSB fully accepted the corruption prevention recommendations, and developed an action plan to implement the recommendations.

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (AWU/John Holland/Thiess Case Study)

For former John Holland executive, Mr Stephen Sasse, in hearings in October 2015 re his negotiations with former Australian Workers Union Secretary the Hon. Bill Shorten MP (now Federal Opposition Leader) with respect to construction of the East Link Project in Victoria.

>> Media Coverage.

>> On 6 January 2016, the Royal Commissioner, former High Court of Australia Justice, the Hon. Dyson Heydon QC, delivered his Final Report (Chapter 10.3: AWU: John Holland/Thiess Case Study) to the Commonwealth Government.