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Financial assistance for Mr David Eastman



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MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS SENATOR MICHAEL TATE MEDIA RELEASE

17 April 1991

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR MR DAVID EASTMAN

The Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Senator Michael Tate, has confirmed that he has declined further financial assistance to Mr David Eastman in relation to his representation at the Winchester Inquest.

Senator Tate said today the while it was desirable that Mr Eastman be legally represented, there was a limit to public responsibility and liability.

Financial assistance was granted to Mr Eastman under the Commonwealth Royal Commissions and Inquiries Scheme because he was a central figure in the proceedings which were more wide ranging than a normal inquest.

Mr Eastman has been represented, at public expense, by more than eight teams of legal representatives.

To date, his representation has cost over $230,000 with substantial accounts still to be submitted.

The Office of Legal Aid and Family Services has very carefully examined all claims.

Senator Tate said costs have been greatly inflated by Mr Eastman's constant changes of representation with consequential catch up and preparation costs.

"I cannot see this situation improving while Mr Eastman remains represented at public expense.

”1┬Ěhave concluded that Mr Eastman will never be satisfied with his representation while the Commonwealth is paying for it.

Senator Tate said the situation was unsatisfactory, but further public funding to Mr Eastman could not be justified.

"The Commonwealth has done all it can to ensure that his interests are protected", he said.

For further information contact: Adrian Wild or Daryl Smeaton on (06) 2777260

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