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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3152


Mr Lionel Bowen asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice, on 15 September 1977:

(1)   Did an organisation in Queensland known as the Mount Larcom and District Mining Protest Group receive Federal legal aid to further their cause in the legal proceedings which were heard in the Mining Wardens Court in Gladstone on 24 to 28 November 1975.

(2)   If so, what moneys were advanced to the Group by way of legal aid and for what purpose.

(3)   What decisions and recommendations were made by the Wardens Court.

(4)   Were the decisions and recommendations published by the Wardens Court; if so, when and where.

(5)   If the decisions and recommendations were not published, what reasons were given for not doing so.

(6)   Were the decisions and recommendations of the Wardens Court furnished to any person; if so, to whom and on what date.

(7)   If the Wardens Court has made no decisions or recommendations, what is the explanation for the delay.

(8)   Do any decisions or recommendations of the Wardens Court relate to underground water supply, pollution and environmental consideration of the lands used and occupied by members of the Mount Larcom and District Mining Protest Group.

(9)   Have the lands and improvements of any of the members of the Mount Larcom and District Mining Protest Group been affected in any way; if so, in what manner, for what purpose and by whom.

(   10) What compensation or other consideration has been offered to the members of the Mount Larcom and District Mining Protest Group for any injurious affection to their holdings and improvements including the use thereof.


Mr Howard -The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

My predecessor has stated previously, in reply to the honourable member's questions relating to the grant of financial assistance, that he did not think it appropriate to make public information about particular applicants for legal aid who are entitled to expect that information supplied would be kept confidential. I propose to follow the same policy. I would be prepared, however, to make the information available to the honourable member, if he wishes, on a confidential basis.







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