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Tuesday, 8 August 2006
Page: 133

Ms Roxon asked the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, in writing, on 28 November 2005:

(1)   What sum did the Minister’s department spend during 2004-05 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 2005-06.

Mr Billson (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(All figures are GST exclusive)  

(1) (a)   and (b) $8 443 876 (including GST). It is not possible to distinguish between monies spent on barristers and solicitors.

(2)   $2.432m.

(3)   $11.5m.