INSURANCE COMMISSION OF
WESTERN AUSTRALIA — BELL GROUP LIQUIDATIONS
1303. Hon MICHAEL MISCHIN to the minister representing the
I refer to the Insurance Commission
of Western Australia's engagement of legal practitioner Jonathon Carson
to ''support the Insurance Commission in its endeavours to seek an end
to the Bell Group liquidations''.
(1) What precisely are his brief and
terms of engagement?
(2) How did that appointment come
about, and who made the decision to engage him and when?
(3) What is his remuneration
(4) What is the legal work, advice
or assistance for which he has been engaged by the commission?
(5) Was the minister consulted about
the appointment; and, if so, when and by whom?
(6) What is the relationship between
the role of Mr Carson and that of Mr Wayne Martin, QC?
(7) By what criteria will their
performance and entitlement to remuneration be measured?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) To assist the
Insurance Commission to pursue its interests in the Bell Group liquidations, Mr
Carson has been engaged by the Insurance Commission as a litigation adviser to
provide legal and advisory services in respect of the conduct and resolution of
the Bell litigation.
(2) The Insurance Commission approached a number of
senior lawyers to assist the Insurance Commission to deal with Bell Group–related
matters. The process to approach and interview the senior lawyers commenced in
July 2018 and concluded with the engagement of Mr Martin and Mr Carson on 29 October
(3) The Insurance
Commission expects Mr Carson to work for two and a half to four days per week
for two years at $450 an hour, exclusive of GST.
(4) Mr Carson has
been engaged by the Insurance Commission as a litigation adviser to provide
legal and advisory services in respect of the conduct of, and resolution of,
the Bell litigation.
(5) The Insurance
Commission advised the minister—the Treasurer—about the
appointment in a briefing note on 13 November 2018.
(6) Mr Carson and
Mr Martin work cooperatively with each other to provide strategic advice to the
consultant will provide advice to the chairperson, chief executive and the
board of the Insurance Commission as required. Remuneration will be payable in
consideration of the due and proper performance of the consultants'