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Monday, 22 November 1999
Page: 10380

Senator Faulkner asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 21 September 1999:

(1) Since 3 March 1996, how many decisions of the department and all portfolio agencies have been the subject of applications for review under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977.

(2) Of these applications, how many related to: (a) agency staffing matters; (b) agency client matters; or (c) other (please specify general area).

(3) How many applications: (a) have been: (i) finalised, and (ii) withdrawn by the applicant; and (b) remain unfinalised.

(4) (a) What was the cost to the department or agency of defending each of these actions; and (b) what was the quantum of costs where they were awarded against the Commonwealth, where appropriate.

Senator Newman (Family and Community Services; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) One.

(2) (a) Nil.

(b) One.

(c) Nil.

(3) (a) (i) Nil

(ii) One.

(b) Nil.

(4) (a) Negligible.

(b) Not applicable.