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Friday, 1 June 1984
Page: 2385

Senator DURACK(3.31) —Another matter I wish to raise relating to appointments by the Attorney-General concerns the Solicitor-General and the arrangements for his basing in Canberra. I raised this matter in the Estimates committees as well and it was made clear to me that this question would be determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. I think at that time the Attorney said in his answer to me that the Government had not made up its mind as to what submission it would make to the Remuneration Tribunal. I perused the recent report of the Tribunal with considerable interest and expectation in relation to the Solicitor-General but I could not find anything there relating to any special arrangements for him. Perhaps the Attorney could enlighten us as to what the situation is now regarding the Solicitor-General.

I also ask would the Attorney indicate whether, at the time the Solicitor- General was appointed or prior to his appointment, it was determined whether the Solicitor-General would be based in Canberra or would continue to be able to be based in Melbourne along the line of the same arrangements that existed in relation to his predecessor, Sir Maurice Byers who, in accordance with the arrangement under which he was appointed, was entitled to remain in his home city of Sydney.