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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 101


Senator Faulkner asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 23 July 2004:

(1) What are the total budgeted costs for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Centenary House Lease.

(2) What are the total budgeted costs, including any fees and disbursements and travel, accommodation and other expenses, for: (a) the Royal Commissioner; (b) the senior counsel assisting the inquiry; (c) the junior counsel assisting the inquiry; (d) solicitors to the inquiry; and (e) staff of the inquiry.

(3) What is the equivalent annual remuneration, including salary and superannuation, payable to the Royal Commissioner.

(4) What are the relevant hourly and/or daily professional fees payable to: (a) the senior counsel assisting the inquiry; and (b) the junior counsel assisting the inquiry.

(5) What are the total budgeted costs for: (a) advertisements placed by the inquiry; (b) office accommodation; (c) information technology; (d) media liaison services; (e) printing; and (f) other services required by the inquiry.


Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The total budgeted costs for the Inquiry into the Centenary House Lease comprises $100,000 for Attorney-General's Department staff, $884,000 for assistance for persons assisting the Inquiry. The remaining administered costs are outlined below.

(2) (a) Royal Commissioner—$160,000

(b) and (c) Senior and Junior Counsel assisting the inquiry—$473,000

(d) Solicitors to the inquiry—$412,000

(e) Staff of the inquiry—$431,000

(3) Royal Commissioner is paid $1,500 per day.

(4) Successive governments have adopted the policy of not disclosing daily rates payable to counsel.

(5) Total budgeted cost for:

(a) advertisements placed by the inquiry—see 5(f)

(b) office accommodation—$314,000

(c) information technology—$649,000

(d) media liaison services—$25,000

(e) printing—$130,000

(f) other services required by the inquiry including advertisements to be placed by the inquiry—$260,000