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Amidst reports that Cousins is winging his way to Sydney, the headlines news in Melbourne tonight is the AFL has launched a surprise torpedo attack upon the Eagles administration -
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Ex-Supreme Court judge to review Eagles
4:27 PM Wed 7 November, 2007 AFL BigPond News
THE AFL Commission has appointed a former Supreme Court judge to assess whether West Coast has taken the necessary steps to address concerns about the conduct of the club and its players. Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick and AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou on Wednesday contacted West Coast chairman Mark Barnaba and CEO Trevor Nisbett to inform them of the appointment of the Honourable Justice E William Gillard, QC.
In announcing the appointment of Justice Gillard as the Special Investigator, Fitzpatrick said, “Earlier this year, following a series of incidents of concern to the Commission, the West Coast Eagles management and player leadership group appeared before the Commission. At that meeting in April, the West Coast Eagles outlined a series of initiatives they had been undertaking since becoming aware of the issues of concern, as well as further initiatives that they planned to put in place.
“The AFL Commission recently decided that the most suitable way to assess whether these initiatives had been properly put in place and were having the desired effect was through an investigation by an appropriately experienced and qualified person who would be appointed as a Special Investigator. Justice William Gillard has been appointed as AFL Special Investigator under the AFL Regulations, and we will receive his report and recommendations in due course. The West Coast Eagles, its players and officials are required to fully co-operate with the Special Investigator. "The Special Investigator can exercise the powers of the Commission to request persons to attend meetings with the Special Investigator, and to request from any person such documents or information which the Special Investigator is satisfied are relevant to the investigation
," he said.
Justice Gillard was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 1997 until his retirement on July 31 this year. As a Supreme Court Judge, he was involved in a variety of cases including some high profile commercial and criminal law trials. His other career highlights include:
Appointed Queen’s Counsel in Victoria in 1979.
Chairman, Anti Doping Committee of Cricket Australia since 1998
Barrister at Law since 1965 with a strong background in commercial law.
Chairman, Victorian Bar Council, 1988-1990.
President Australian Bar Association, 1989-1990
Deputy Chairman Company Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board, Victoria, 1983-1985.
Member Victorian Law Reform Advisory Council 1981-1984.
The AFL Commission has appointed the Special Investigator to provide a report to the Commission on the results of the investigation, and to make recommendations as to how the strategies and programs of the Club may be improved in order to minimise the risk of any inappropriate behaviour.
In undertaking this investigation, the Special Investigator has been asked amongst other things to:
- give consideration to the culture and behaviour of the Club’s players;
- make an assessment of the effectiveness of strategies and programs implemented by the Club since April 29, 2007 to change the culture and behaviour of the Club’s players:
- make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Club’s corporate governance and of the commission between its Board, senior management and the players, in addressing issues of player conduct;
- make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Club’s player leadership group and its role and level of authority since April 29, 2007, in so far as those matters are relevant to the investigation.