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Friday, 23 November 1979
Page: 2971

Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 20 November 1979:

(   1 ) How much has been paid, or is due to be paid, by the Commonwealth, or authorities and agencies funded by the Commonwealth, for legal services for and on behalf of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory for the 12 months ending 31 October 1979.

(2)   Which legal practitioners, or firms of legal practitioners, have received these payments, and how much have they received in each case.

Senator Chaney - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   I ) Funds released by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to the two Aboriginal Legal Services in the Northern Territory in the 12 month period ending 31 October 1979, are as follows:


(2)   The names of individual legal practitioners engaged by the Aboriginal Legal Services are not available to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs nor are the individual amounts paid by the Services to legal practitioners. In accordance with the Government 's selfmanagement principle, such engagements are made directly by the Legal Services and have regard to the particular legal representation needs of individual clients.

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