Served with Civil Penalty Proceedings


6 September 2001

I have today been served with civil penalty proceedings issued by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

The proceedings relate to some alleged procedural irregularities in connection with:

•  Proxy voting at the AGM of NRMA Limited (“NRMA”) held in October 1998; and

•  The preparation of draft minutes of a meeting of directors of NRMA Insurance Group Limited (“NIGL”) held in August 2000.

The ASIC alleges, in correction with those matters, that I have acted dishonestly and/or recklessly in the conduct of the affairs of NRMA and NIGL, and that I have acted generally in breach of my duties as an officer of those companies.

These allegations simply cannot be sustained. When the proceedings are determined, I will be publicly vindicated. Few things are as important to me as my reputation.

I will defend these proceedings vigorously. I believe that the proceedings are politically motivated and suspiciously timed. They are certainly ill-considered. In time they will be shown to be just that.

For further information, contact my solicitors:
Robert Mangioni/Paul Sarvaas
Watson Mangioni
Level 13, 50 Carrington Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9262 6666