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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 92

Question No. 138

Mr Maher asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 May 1983:

(1) Have the services of 16 Legal Officers, employed in the office of the Deputy Crown Solicitor, Sydney, been terminated.

(2) Were the officers recruited for the purpose of relieving heavy workloads and for alleviating backlogs of legal work in the office.

(3) What action is being taken to ensure that legal matters within the office are not subject to further delay.

Mr Lionel Bowen —The Attorney-General has provided the following answers to the honourable member's questions:

(1) No.

(2) Yes.

(3) All 16 Legal Officers are employed in a temporary capacity. Interviews are being conducted for permanent staff. A number of these temporary employees are expected to be permanently appointed. It is intended to engage staff to the full extent of the staff ceiling of the office.