Save Search

Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Monday, 21 June 1999
Page: 5843


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Administration, upon notice, on 12 March 1999:

With reference to the $34,759 provided to the department from the Advance to the Minister for Finance and Administration in December 1998 for legal costs of ministers and former ministers who are defendants in separate proceedings, for each set of proceedings: (a) which ministers or former ministers were involved; (b) what was the nature of the proceedings; and (c) what were the costs of those proceedings.


Senator Ellison (Special Minister of State) —The Minister for Finance and Administration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The legal costs referred to relate only to the Advance to the Minister for Finance and Administration application and are not the total costs for the matters to which they relate.

(a)

(b)

(c)

The Hon Duncan Kerr MP

Proceedings against Mr Kerr seeking damages for alleged defamation.

$17,478.54

The Hon Peter Reith MP

Proceedings against Mr Reith and another seeking damages for alleged defamation.

$16,878.65

The Hon Peter Reith MP

Proceedings against 29 respondents, including Mr Reith and the Commonwealth, seeking damages and other relief for alleged torts of conspiracy and interference with contractual relations.

$276.00

The Hon John Button and the Hon Bob Brown (former Member for Charlton).

Proceedings against Mr Button, Mr Brown and the Commonwealth seeking damages for alleged negligent misstatement, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

$140.00