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One of the state s leading
medical research charities,
the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital Research Foundation,
has been bleeding board
Four long-serving directors,
the chief executive officer and
other staff have taken their
Prominent Adelaide business-
man John Michell, who served
on the board for almost 25 years,
resigned. He has not returned
Independent Weekly phone calls
made over the past month.
The deputy chair, real estate
agent Ray McGrath, also
departed and has been replaced
as deputy by Finlaysons law firm
partner John MacPhail.
And Peter Wylie, the chair
of Advertiser Newspapers, left
the foundation s board after not
seeking re-election. Mr Wylie is a
former journalist and has served
in government appointments
such as the Library Board of SA.
Mr Wylie told The Independent
Weekly before his resignation
that there was "not a story" in
the foundation s management,
its accounts or the changing of
people and personalities at board
Also gone is the foundation s
executive director for the past 14
years, Maurice Henderson.
Mr Henderson said he had quit
for personal reasons, had been in
the job a long time and wanted to
try something different.
The Independent Weekly has
been told a member of the board
suggested Mr Henderson tender
Foundation members elect
the board. The board nominates
"Yes, that does make it look as
if the board appoints itself," a
director agreed yesterday, "but
that can happen in not-for-profits
The foundation has raised tens
of millions of dollars as a char-
ity, but according to information
received by The Independent
Weekly, almost 80 per cent of the
total take is kept as expenses or
not passed on.
"On the figures it does look
like that," one insider said
yesterday, "but any not-for-profit
sometimes keeps some money
from one year to spend on raising
money in another year."
He said there were no irregu-
larities in the board s funding
or accounts, which he said were
properly and accurately audited.
He said the new board, elected
in the past month, was moving
towards publishing its financials
but that this could not be done
overnight. Meanwhile, he
acknowledged, its financials
were not transparent.
Queen Liz board
Australia is set to risk its multi-
billion-dollar beef industry by
changing food importation laws
regarding mad cow disease, say
senators Nick Xenophon and Bill
"Why would we risk our
pristine clean and healthy beef
industry to import these sorts of
products?" Senator Xenophon
"The double whammy is, that
given the current food labelling
laws are downright misleading,
a consumer could be buying a pie
which says Made in Australia
even if the meat comes from
overseas. If the pie s packaging
and gravy comes from Australia
then it can still be labelled as
Australian Made ," he said.
Mad cow disease, or bovine
spongiform encephalopathy, is
a degenerative disease which
affects all breeds of cattle. The
disease causes a spongy degenera-
tion of the animal s brain and
spinal cord, and can kill people
who eat infected meat. According
to the University of Edinburgh,
more than 200 people worldwide
have died from the disease this
Due to its isolation, Australia
has remained mad cow-free since
the first outbreaks of the disease
in Britain in the mid 80s. But, the
latest decision could change that.
Australia will lift its ban on
importing beef from countries
which have registered mad cow
outbreaks, following a review
by Professor John Matthews.
Professor Matthews has 40 years
experience as an epidemiological
scientist and his review was
reviewed by scientists under the
National Health and Medical
Research Council, including
Australia s chief medical officer
Professor Jim Bishop.
The review found "the risk to
human health from imported beef
remains extremely low, provided
the appropriate risk mitigation
strategies are put in place".
Dave Wyatt, of The Oaks
Butchery in North Adelaide, said
the move was a terrible decision
and a baffling one.
"I just don t understand," he
said. "We have a beef industry
here free of mad cow disease and
foot and mouth. Why do we want
to open our borders and bring
meat in from countries which are
"There s no such thing as low
risk and you can t risk manage
that kind of thing. We were told
that when we started bringing
apples in from NZ and now
we ve got cotton moth. You only
need one outbreak of (mad cow
disease) and we re finished.
"What I want to know is whose
backside are we kissing with
this? We have the best beef in the
world by a mile -- why do overseas
countries pay top dollar for our
meat if it s no good?
"It just doesn t make sense."
The first hearing of a parlia-
mentary inquiry into the law
change will be held next Friday.
Mad cow infuriates stakeholders
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