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Statement by Brian Kennedy
Director of the National Gallery of Australia

30 May 2003

The National Gallery has received the report of the Comcare investigator, Mr. Robert Wray.

In response to a request from the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and Arts Legislation Committee, and in the interests of transparency and accountability, the Gallery has forwarded a copy of the report to the Committee.

The Gallery was reassured to learn that in the opinion of experts from Murdoch University called in by Mr Wray: “there was no reason to suggest that the NGA environment constituted a threat to the health of employees working in the building.”

Mr Wray also notes that the National Gallery is making satisfactory progress with the implementation of recommendations made in previous Comcare reports.

Mr Wray takes issue with some aspects of the Gallery’s management of OH&S matters. The Gallery will carefully consider these matters. We are committed to an ongoing program of continuous improvement of OH&S management and have engaged the National Safety Council of Australia to work with the Gallery in this regard.

The Gallery does not agree with all of Mr Wray’s report, and will pursue these matters with Comcare.

However, the Gallery accepts Mr Wray’s recommendations and will implement all seven of them.

The implementation of the recommendations will be oversighted by a Steering Committee comprising the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare, a representative of the CPSU and the Director of the National Gallery.

For further information please contact the National Gallery of Australia’s Media Adviser Ken Begg – kbegg@webone.com.au; 0412 174319; +61 2 6262 5519.