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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21861


Mr McClelland asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 19 August 2003:

Has he received a report on the operation of the Commonwealth legal services market since the Judiciary Amendment Act 1999 was enacted; if so, (a) when, (b) what is the title of the report, (c) who prepared the report, (d) what was the cost of the report, and (e) when will he make the report public.


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

My predecessor received a report on the impact of the Judiciary Amendment Act 1999 on the capacity of government departments and agencies to obtain legal services and on the Office of Legal Services Coordination.

(a) The report was received on 9 July 2003.

(b) The title of the report is Report of a Review of the Impact of the Judiciary Amendment Act 1999 on the Capacity of Government Departments and Agencies to Obtain Legal Services and on the Office of Legal Services Coordination.

(c) The report was prepared by Ms Sue Tongue.

(d) The report cost $22,500.

(e) The report was made public on 24 September 2003.