RSL LifeCare inquiry: director accepted fees and ‘specialist payments’

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As we covered here, the inquiry, which was commissioned by the NSW Govt and is headed by former NSW Supreme Court Justice Patricia Bergin, has already heard that RSL LifeCare’s directors paid themselves $2.3M.

Now its recently resigned director Jim Longley has given evidence that he accepted board membership fees and personally corresponded with staff over additional “specialist payments”, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

He had also attended a number of Liberal functions on behalf of the provider, including fundraisers, and then billed the charity.

Mr Longley told Justice Bergin he now knew the payments to be wrong but the board was only acting on advice.

Charities can be de-registered if they are found to support one political party or candidate over another.