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SENATE NO. 17

10 October 1978

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A T T O R N E Y - G E N E R A L * 1S D E P A R T M E N T : A N N U A L R E P O R T S

.(Q u e s t i o n NO. 6 4 8 )

S E N A T O R E V A N S a s k e d ' t h e A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l , u p o n n o t i c e ,

o n 17 A u g u s t 1 9 7 8 .

(1) H a s t h e A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l 's D e p a r t m e n t e v e r

p u b l i s h e d a n a n n u a l r e p o r t ; i f so, w h e n ; i f n o t w h a t

a r e t h e r e a s o n s f o r t h i s p o l i c y .

(2) H a s t h e q u e s t i o n o f p u b l i c a t i o n b y t h e

A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l 1s D e p a r t m e n t o f a n a n n u a l r e p o r t b e e n

u n d e r c o n s i d e r a t i o n b y h i s D e p a r t m e n t a t a n y t i m e s i n c e

1 9 7 2 ; i f so, to w h a t e x t e n t .

(3) Is t h e q u e s t i o n o f p u b l i c a t i o n b y h i s

D e p a r t m e n t o f a n a n n u a l r e p o r t c u r r e n t l y u n d e r

c o n s i d e r a t i o n b y h i m o r h i s D e p a r t m e n t . ..

(4) W i l l h e g i v e c o n s i d e r a t i o n t o m a k i n g a

s t a t e m e n t o n t h i s s u b j e c t t o t h e S e n a t e d u r i n g t h i s

p e r i o d o f s i t t i n g s . .

S E N A T O R D U R A C K - T h e a n s w e r to t h e h o n o u r a b l e s e n a t o r ' s

q u e s t i o n i s a s f o l l o w s :

(1) t o (4) T h e A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l 's D e p a r t m e n t

i n t e n d s t o p u b l i s h a n n u a l r e p o r t s c o m m e n c i n g w i t h a

r e p o r t f o r t h e p r e s e n t f i n a n c i a l y e a r . C o n s i d e r a t i o n

h a s b e e n g i v e n i n r e c e n t . y e a r s t o t h e p u b l i c a t i o n o f

a n n u a l r e p o r t s b y t h e D e p a r t m e n t . P r e p a r a t o r y w o r k w a s

u n d e r t a k e n b u t w a s n o t b r o u g h t to c o m p l e t i o n b e c a u s e o f

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other' heavy pressures on the Department. My policy is

that the Department should publish annual reports.

Further work, in preparation for a report covering

1978-79, is now in hand.

I do not think that additional comments are

required by way of a statement in the Senate.

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INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE

(Question NO. 755)

SENATOR EVANS asked the Attorney-General, upon notice,

on 13 September 1978:

(1) Has the Australian National Group yet made

its choice of candidates for . election to the

International Court of Justice; if so, who are the

candidates; if not, when will the decision be made, and

will the Attorney-General make the names public

immediately.

(2) What advice did the Foreign Affairs

Department give the Group concerning possible nominees.

(3) Did the Secretary of the Attorney-General 1 s

Department, who is a member of the Group, consult with

him about the Group's nomination.

SENATOR DURACK - The answer to the honourable senator's

question is as follows:

(1) Yes. The Group nominated Professor Roberto

Ago (Italy). Professor Richard Baxter (U.S.A.),

Ambassador Sette Camara (Brazil) and Dr. Abdullah El

Brian (Egypt).