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Wednesday, 25 March 1987
Page: 1300


Senator MESSNER —My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Attorney- General. I refer him to an article that appeared in the Times on Sunday of 22 March concerning the reporting of an apparent decision by the Government to introduce a system to award costs in cases heard by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Has such a decision been made or has the Government reviewed proposals for the introduction of such a system? In particular, will the effect of such a measure be to discourage prospective complaints in seeking to have administrative decisions, particularly in relation to taxation assessments and related matters-I point out that these can be very small as well as somewhat larger-reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal? This comes on top of the Government's disgraceful decision to impose a $200 filing fee for all matters heard by the AAT.


Senator GARETH EVANS —Without conceding that any decision made by this Government is disgraceful, let alone the one to which Senator Messner has referred, I must say that I am not briefed on the matter to which he referred and I will seek an early answer from the Attorney-General.