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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1417

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - I ask the AttorneyGeneral whether the staffing situation in the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel is now satisfactory. Have any measures been taken in recent times to ensure that the specialist training and recruitment of future officers for the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel can be implemented and actively pursued so as to reduce to an absolute minimum the delays which formerly occurred in the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel?

Senator GREENWOOD - I think it is fair to say that the situation in the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel is never likely to be satisfactory until there is a willingness on the part of those who have the appropriate qualifications to offer themselves for appointment in the drafting service. I know that it is an issue which has concerned the Senate over a long period of time. It has concerned the honourable senator, but I think he appreciates that, in terms of legal work available, drafting work is probably the least attractive in the light of many other opportunities which are available. However, I shall examine again the position in the light of the honourable senator's question. If I feel that there is something which I can add to give him information in the light of the question he has asked, he can be assured that I will provide it.

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