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Thursday, 8 February 2007
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Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Attorney-General, in writing, on 14 September 2006:

For each financial year since 1 July 2000, what sum was charged by the Australian Government Solicitor’s Office to each Commonwealth department and agency.


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The Australian Government Solicitor is a Government Business Enterprise competing in the highly contested Australian Government legal services market. It would not be in the commercial interests of AGS or of the Commonwealth as owner of AGS to disclose information of the full detail requested by the Member for Wills.

AGS has reporting obligations to this Parliament through me as AGS’s portfolio Minister. AGS publishes an annual report. I tabled AGS’s 2005-06 report in this Parliament on 31 October 2006. Based on information in that report and in previous published annual reports, I am able, however, to provide the following information in answer to the honourable member question:

AGS’s revenue from sales of legal services for the period 2001-06 (rounded) was as follows:

Financial year

Revenue from Commonwealth Departments

Other legal trading revenue (inc. from Commonwealth agencies)

Total legal trading revenue

$m

$m

$m

2000-01

40

43

83

2001-02

49

45

94

2002-03

52

47

99

2003-04

50

52

102

2004-05

52

57

109

2005-06

55

58

113