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Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Page: 9291

Asylum Seekers

(Question No. 1275)

Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 October 2011:

With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1011 (Senate Hansard, 11 October 2011, p. 106), how much has been paid by way of legal aid in the pursuit of the cases.

Senator Ludwig: The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Under the requirements of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services, legal aid commissions are required to report against specific benchmarks, which do not include this level of detail. The Commonwealth does not collect specific information about grants of legal aid for migration matters. The Attorney-General's Department has asked Legal Aid NSW and Victoria Legal Aid whether they have any information they could provide on legal aid for cases related to immigration detention. If that information is available I will provide it to the Senator.