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Thursday, 29 March 2001
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Senator Robert Ray asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 29 January 2001:

(1) What has been the total cost to the department in the 1999-2000 financial year of legal advice obtained from the Attorney-Generals Department.

(2) What has been the total cost to the department in the 1999-2000 financial year of legal advice obtained by the department from other sources.


Senator Alston (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Coding within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry electronic financial system does not allow the department to distinguish payments for legal advice from those of other legal services. However, departmental records indicate that:

(1) The total cost for legal services provided to the department by the Attorney-Generals Department in the 1999-2000 financial year was $3,103,731.90.

(2) The total cost for legal services provided to the department by other sources in the 1999-2000 financial year was $629,396.75.