Former WorkCover Board Member Janet Giles today gave evidence to the Legislative Council Statutory Authorities Review Committee meeting in direct conflict with evidence of former Board Chair Bruce Carter and Chief Executive Julia Davison.
“Ms Giles indicated to the Committee that she would have had concerns if Employers Mutual Limited (EML) had been allowed to lodge an expression of interest after the advertised time frame had expired,” Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today.
Hon R Lucas: “As a Board Member were you aware that EML did not lodge an expression of interest within the required time frame and was allowed to lodge a late expression of interest?
Ms J Giles: That is not my understanding. That is the first time I have heard of that. My understanding was that it did do it within the required time frame.
Hon R Lucas: If it was subsequently proven to be the case that they did not, would you as a Board Member have had concerns about that?
Ms J Giles: Of course.”
“However, in previous evidence to the Committee, Mr Carter and Ms Davison were forced to confirm that EML had not lodged an expression of interest within the advertised time frame,” he said.
“In fact, expressions of interest closed on 24 March 2005, yet EML did not lodge their expression of interest until 12 May 2005.
“This evidence from Ms Giles raises serious questions about the knowledge of all Board members about the tendering process for claims management conducted by WorkCover.
“Ms Giles also made another sensational claim about the tendering process in her evidence:
“Probably there was one other agent we could have gone with, but there were some difficulties about something that happened with that agent close to the time of the contract that made it impossible to give them the contract.”
“These concerns raised by Ms Giles will now have to be further explored by the Statutory Authorities Review Committee.”