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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4252..

(1) It is intended that both strategies will be released in December 2006.

(2) See above.

Rhodium Asset Solutions Ltd

(Question No 1356)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 19 October 2006 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) Was the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rhodium advertised; if not, why not; if so, where was it advertised and when;

(2) How many applicants were there;

(3) Who was on the panel for the selection of Ms Clark as CEO and in what capacity;

(4) How many applicants were interviewed;

(5) Did the panel speak to the referees for all of the applicants;

(6) Why was Ms Clark selected as the CEO.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Totalcare has advised that the position of Executive Manager, Fleet Services, Totalcare Industries Limited was advertised nationally in the first part of 2004.

(2) I am advised that there were several applicants. The precise number cannot be identified. However, in context, the then Manager of Totalcare Fleet suffered a sudden illness that was diagnosed as being fatal within a short time. She immediately left the company to spend her last days in her home State, with family and friends.

I am advised that the then Chief Executive of Totalcare was tasked to find an interim or temporary Manager of the company's Fleet division, pending the Government's decision as to the final direction of Fleet.

(3) I am advised that Ms Sandra Lambert, Mr Jeremy Pyner and Mr Michael Zissler, in their capacity as Totalcare Directors, conducted the interviews.

(4) I am advised that the panel recalled several interviewees. However, none of the panel recalls how many. In the context of the effort involved with re-integrating Totalcare operations to government, and in view of many additional issues confronting the Board of Totalcare arising out of the company's past operational performance, the precise number of applicants competing to fill a temporary replacement was of lesser import than the terminally ill Manager.

(5) I am advised that Ms Clark was the successful applicant. Usual commercial practice is for the referees of the successful applicant to be consulted and for the referees of any other applicants not to be consulted unless the successful applicant's referees' reports give rise for concern. In addition, if the successful applicant's referees were in line with the expectations of the interviewing panel, the successful applicant would be

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