The past fortnight must have felt like an eternity for Tasmanian Deputy Premier
Bryan Green as he’s been up to his neck in revelations over his decision to award a Government contract to a Hobart based company called the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation, TCC.
The TCC has an open-ended
Government contract to accredit the State’s building professionals and charge
whatever rate it deems appropriate. Two of the company’s three directors are
former Tasmanian and Queensland Labor politicians, John White and Glen Milliner.
The TCC entered into a new contractual arrangement with the Tasmanian
Government just two days before the State election was called. The new agreement provided a compensation
provision in the vicinity of $3 million for a Government initiated breach of contract
and required 12 months notice.
Mr Milliner has also been linked to
Rengain Pty Ltd, which, according to the Australian Securities and
Commission’s website, is under external administration with debts to
Commonwealth of around $8 million, in addition to a firm called
which administers several detention centres. The Tasmanian Government’s
Auditor-General’s office has initiated an investigation into the
conduct of the TCC.
Now Crikey can reveal that the TCC is also under
investigation by ASIC for the alleged falsifying of board minutes. The TCC’s third director David
Diprose, who was at pains to distance himself from the TCC’s recent
activities, said that the company’s other two directors had hijacked the firm
and literally locked him out.
‘’I have been devoid of any input into the TCC for some time,
but I know that ASIC is investigating because they have been in contact with
me about it,” he told Crikey. ‘’They, the TCC, are under
investigation by ASIC for not having any board minutes from since September
2004…ASIC have been poking around for a
couple of months.”
‘’If they haven’t had any board minutes
since September 2004 then the TCC isn’t legally allowed to accredit
anybody,” Diprose said. “This is the most scandalous breach of
the Corporations Act I have seen in 30 years of business.”
‘’In addition to that there are issues
involving a possible breach of the Government’s caretaker provisions if a new
contract was formalised around the time of the election.”
Mr Green was yesterday subjected to two no-confidence motions from both
opposition parties in response to his handling of the TCC contract, which he
told Parliament ‘’was a mistake.”
Perhaps Mr Green’s biggest gaffe in the TCC saga was on ABC talkback radio
yesterday morning. Two callers contacted the station to
offer their support for the beleaguered Minister only to be outed by host, Tim
Cox, as the brother and father of Mr Green’s chief-of-staff Matthew Sullivan, a
former Tasmanian journalist. .