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Tuesday, 25 November 2003
Page: 22863


Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 17 September 2003:

Further to the answers to questions Nos 1620 to 1635 and 1637 (Hansard, 12 August 2003, page 18283) what are the Chief Executive Officers of the Minister's departments and agencies doing to ensure that they do not retain the services of any barrister or solicitor who has previously been made bankrupt.


Mr Vaile (Minister for Trade) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Austrade's legal department would only engage a barrister or solicitor via external law firms engaged to conduct Austrade business. External firms would discuss the suitability of any such engagement and alert Austrade to any matter that may prevent Counsel from properly representing the interests of the Commission.