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  • MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WA INSTITUTIONS RECONCILIATION TRUST

    FRIDAY 24 APRIL 1998 AT 8.30AM

    PRESENT:

    6TH FLOOR 216 ST GEORGE'S TCE PERTH

    Mr Barry MacKinnon {Chairman) Mr Hayden Stephens (By Telephone) Mr Peter McGowan Ms Andrea Lace (Manager)

    APOLOGIES: . Mr Dalton Gooding Ms Carol Bahemia

    ITEM 1 MINUTES

    The Minutes of the meeting of the Trustees held 5 March 1998 were confirmed as a true and correct record of that meeting.

    ITEM2 MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES

    ITEM 2.1 INVESTMENT OF THE TRUST'S FUNDS

    The Manager reported that Dalton Gooding had enquired of Porter Western whose advice was that the money market should currently pay 4.95% on $500,000.00. The Manager enquired of Challenge Bank whose advice was that the current rate payable on a deposit of $500,000.00 is 4.75%. The Chairman and Dalton Gooding discussed the matter and instructed the Manager to invest $500,000.00 with Porter Western to be re- invested every 30 days.

    ITEM 2.2 REDACTED

    REDACTED In response to the Trustees' request, had written to the Trust addressing his prior non-disclosure of the details of the sexual abuse he claims to have endured. Primarily, he said that he finds it almost impossible to give graphic details of the sexual abuse and the time spent by him with Dr. Quadric was insufficient to enable him to gain her trust.

    REDACTED The Trustees accepted explanation and in accordance with the guidelines applied to the sexual abuse claims in November 1997, made the decision that

    REDACTED receive a serious sexual abuse payment of $6,750.00.

    REDACTED When writing to the Trust, did not advise if he and his wife had commenced psychological counselling, the cost of which was approved by the Trustees at their meeting on 5 March 1998.

    The Manager was instructed to again enquire of counselling had commenced.

    REDACTED as to whether

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    ITEM 2.3 REDACTED

    A report dated 31 March 1998 had been received from Dr Neil Maclean, Consultant Psychiatrist, in support ot!ti=i•t+Wl=i•lclaim for a serious sexual abuse payment. In view of the nature of the abuse described in the report, the Trustees' decision was that

    lti=i•t+Wl!receive a serious sexual abuse payment of $9,750.00.

    ITEM 2.4 ~1vz ___ ~ In resoonse to enquiry regarding the contribution, if any, made by 60 Minutes to

    IVZ !reunification travel costsJvz I advised: (i) His claim for reimbursement of reunification travel costs relates to a trip taken in

    September 1997, shortly after his wife died from cancer; (ii) He was able to pay for the trip because a serious sexual abuse payment of

    $25,000.00 was given to him by Slater & Gordon; (iii) The interview with 60 Minutes was given in January 1998. 60 Minutes paid for .1 him to travel again to England for the purpose of the programme televised in

    February 1998. .J

    In the circumstances, the Trustees approved a past reunification travel reimbursement of $4,563.00 ($6,563.00 less $2,000.00).

    ITEM 2.5 GOODING PERVAN

    Dalton Gooding has retired from the firm Ernst & Young and commenced practice as a principal of the firm Gooding Pervan.

    The Trustees agreed that Gooding Pervan now be engaged as the Trust's accountants.

    ITEM 2.6 FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENSES/FUTURE TRAVEL COSTS

    This item was carried over from the meeting held 5 March 1998. The issue is payment for treatment and medication for beneficiaries after the expiration of the Trust. The Trust

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    "Clause 29 Winding Up - Duration of the Trust

    (a) It is the intention of the Founder that the purposes for which this Trust has been established shall be fulfilled within a maximum period of three years from 30 June 1996 and the Trust should be wound up at the earlier of: (i) The exhaustion of the Trust Fund; (ii) When the Trustees reasonably determine that the purposes of the Trust Fund

    have been fulfilled; (iii) Three years from 30 June 1996.

    (b) Any surplus remaining in the Trust Fund on the winding up of same shall be returned to the Founder to be used by the Founder for the relief of hardship, poverty and distress amongst those persons who claimed to have been the subject of sexual and other abuse whilst in the institutions operated by the Founder within Australia."

    It is clear from the wording of clause 29 that the Christian Brothers are not restricted to using any surplus funds to assist the beneficiaries of the Trust or ex-residents of Castledare, Clontarf, Tardun and Bindoon. It is for this reason that Peter McGowan had suggested the Trust provide the Christian Brothers with the names of those persons requiring on-going medical treatment/medication plus an estimate of future costs prior to \(. , the expiration of the Trust and request the cooperation of the Christian Brothers in setting (- aside funds to cover these costs.

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    Hayden Stephens said he had a problem with the Christian Brothers being entrusted with the payment of future treatment costs for beneficiaries .but did not know of any alternative.

    The Chairman undertook to raise the issue with Brother Shannahan.

    Peter McGowan expressed the view that any resolution in relation to this issue should only be made at a meeting attended by all Trustees.

    It was agreed that this item again be carried over to the next Trustees' meeting.

    The Chairman enquired as to whether the Trust should be wound up prior to 30 June 1999.

    The Manager advised that she intended to write to the men asking if they had made claims yet to be determined or had claims yet to be made. The Manager was instructed to proceed as she had planned and depending upon the response from the men, a decision with respect to the winding up of the Trust would be made by the Trustees in due course.

    ITEM 2.7 REDACTED

    REDACTED The Trustees agreed to reimburse the sum of $730.00 paid for a second 10 week "Family of Origin" course at the Wholistic Medical Centre.

    ITEM 2.8 REDACTED

    On 5 March 1998 i;Ui•14111i was granted $10,000.00 by the Trust towards future reunification travel costs. He now sought to borrow an additional $2,000.00 for spending money.

    ______________ J;1a•1+Wll9•1 regu_est wC)s refu$ed. The Truste_es _determined thauhe_ceiHng__of $10,ooo oo for reunification travel by a beneficiary and his wife was a fair ceiling and that it was inappropriate to grant further funds under this category of benefit. ·

    ITEM3 FINANCIAL REPORT

    The Trustees noted:

    >:> Balance Sheets for February and March 1998 >:> Profit and Loss Statements for February and March 1998 )> Trial Balances for February and March 1998 )> Schedule of Payments made to beneficiaries to 31 March 1998

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    REDACTED Members of family were recently located by the Child Migrants Trust. CBERSS has agreed to pay Mr McGowan's airfare to the United Kingdom and to provide him with some spending money.

    As the funding CBERSS usually provides for reunification travel equates to approximately $4,500.00, the Trustees approved a payment to of $2,500.00 to bring the total funds available to him to $7,000.00.

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    REDACTED A request was also received from Dr Deborah Field on behalf of Trust pay for psychological counselling to commence after overseas.

    REDACTED that the

    return from

    The Trustees approved the payment of counselling for REDACTED

    ITEMS REDACTED

    REDACTED requested a contribution by the Trust to the cost of reunification travel to REDACTED England to meet his step-father and natural brother. has not returned to

    England since arriving in Australia in 1945.

    The Trustees approved a contribution of $7,000.00 towards travel costs.

    REDACTED reunification

    ITEM& REDACTED

    l•i;•1tttllf claimed reimbursement of past medical and associated expenses and the cost of future psychological treatment.

    REDACTED reimbursement claim relates to psychological counselling between October 1984 and August 1993 evidenced by documentation from HBF; fortnightly consultations for depression between 1981 and October 1984 not evidenced by documentation; 4 counselling sessions with Anne Holloway (Social Worker) in 1995 evidenced by accounts; the cost of tranquilisers and anti-depressant medication for 4% years commencing in 1981, not evidenced by documentation; and the cost of the report prepared for the Trust

    REDACTED supporting serious sexual abuse claim.

    A reimbursement of $4,000.00 was approved by the Trustees calculated as follows:

    Clinical psychology between 11/10/84 & 16/8/93 Dr Baxall 1981 to 11/10/84 Anne Holloway 1995 Medication 1981 to 1985 (on the basis of $10.00 per script) Mrl;U!l•1ttt11Mreport fee 1997

    Total: