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Tuesday, 13 June 2006
Page: 210


Ms Roxon asked the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, in writing, on 28 November 2005:

(1)   What sum did the Minister’s department spend during 2004-2005 on external (a) barristers and (b) solicitors (including private firms, the Australian Government Solicitor and any others).

(2)   What sum did the Minister’s department spend on internal legal services.

(3)   What is the Minister’s department’s projected expenditure on legal services for 2005-2006.


Mr Brough (Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs expended $2,876,964, including disbursements but excluding GST on external legal services in 2004-05. No separate record is kept of expenditure for barristers or solicitors. $2,443,139 including overheads but excluding GST was expended on internal legal services in 2004-2005. The department expects to spend $4,301,072 including overheads but excluding GST on all legal services in 2005-06.