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Tuesday, 5 May 1987
Page: 2357

(Question No. 1682)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 19 March 1987:

Is the Attorney-General aware of allegations of a video training film having been commissioned by the Director of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ian Temby Q.C.; if so, can the Attorney-General provide the costs involved in the making of the video, who is making the video, the sum being paid to the film-maker, and the perceived need for the video.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question, based on information provided by the Director of Public Prosecutions:

The Director of Public Prosecutions has commissioned the preparation of two training videos as part of an induction training program for new members of the Office. The proposed videos are to be used in conjunction with written material within the framework of existing induction structures.

One video will serve as an introduction to all staff, legal or otherwise, joining the DPP. It will outline its organisation, the nature of its work, the need for compliance with appropriate procedures for file management and organisational security and the rights and entitlements of employees of the DPP.

The other video provides an introduction to legal staff dealing with matters of a more specific nature than the first video, including the functions and powers of the DPP, the responsibilities (legal and ethical) of legal officers working as prosecutors for the DPP and their relationships with their supervisors, client departments and counsel.

The Director has commissioned Robyn M. Duncan LLB MA (Ed) of Duncan, Purcell and Associates Pty Ltd, Sydney, for the production of the videos and the written material to be used in conjunction with them, for a total cost of $29,540. Of this sum, $14,000 has been paid by Duncan Purcell and Associates Pty Ltd to a film maker, Audio Visual Communication Services, for the making of the two videos.