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Tuesday, 24 February 1987
Page: 561

(Question No. 1132)


Senator Michael Baume asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 3 June 1986:

Has the Attorney-General's Department, or any statutory authority or organisation for which the Attorney is responsible made available any grants or funds to any trade union body or related organisation in the financial years 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1985-86; if so-

(a) who received those funds;

(b) for what purpose;

(c) what amounts were involved; and

(d) when were these funds granted or given.


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

(a) Trades and Labour Council Emergency Welfare Foundation Inc., Western Australia.

(b) Funds were allocated under Appropriation Div- ision 819 Item 01 to supplement legal aid services provided by a community based legal aid organisation. These grants were made to a large number of community legal centres following recommendations to the Attorney-General by Legal Aid Commissions under the guidelines for the Commonwealth Funding Program for Community Legal Centres.

(c) and (d) Payments were made on a calendar year basis as follows:

$

1983... 10,000

1984... 17,000

1985... 24,000

1986... 42,000

I mention that although the Attorney-General may authorise financial assistance for a number of types of proceedings under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904, no payments were made to trade unions or related organisations in the year specified. Section 141b provides that organisations are not eligible for assistance under that section and the Attorney-General takes the view that organisations are not intended to be eligible for financial assistance under other sections of the Act.