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JOINT STATEMENT BY THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, SENATOR GARETH EVANS QC

AND THE MINISTER FOR FINANCE, MR JOHN-DAWKINS

Mr Dawkins and Senator Evans announced today that approval

had been given for an immediate increase of 25 in the

staff of the Family Court of Australia.

The Ministers said the decision recognised the diffic­ ulties the Court was experiencing in providing adequate

service to its clients and also the necessity for prov­

iding adequate security for Judges and Court staff.

The Ministers said that further increases in Family

Court staffing are expected to be granted as part of the

1984-85 Budget.

Senator Evans said that the decision on how the extra

staff would be allocated was a matter for the Family

Court. However, it was clear that priority would be given

to augmenting the conciliation staff of the Court.

"This immediate injection of 25 staff to the Court will

assist significantly in tackling the problems of delay and security," Senator Evans said.

"I have previously expressed the view that adequate

staffing resources are especially important for the Family Court. The type of matters the Court deals with - marital

breakdown, and custody and property disputes - involve

strong emotions and any delays can only heighten the

distress for the people involved, both clients and Judges

and Court staff.

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13 July 1984

FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA STAFF INCREASE

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" W h i l e t he G o v e r n m e n t is c o m m i t t e d to a p o l i c y of s t r i n g ­

e n t r e s t r a i n t in p u b l i c e x p e n d i t u r e , it w i l l n o t t u r n a

b l i n d e y e to n e e d s as p r e s s i n g as t h o s e of t he F a m i l y

C o u r t .

"The J u d g e s and the s t a f f p e r f o r m a v i t a l r o l e in t h e

i n t e r e s t s of the w h o l e c o m m u n i t y , and the G o v e r n m e n t w i l l

g i v e t h e m its full sup p o r t " .

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