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Wednesday, 3 November 1976
Page: 2328

Mr Lionel Bowen asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

To how many applicants, and in what types of proceedings has assistance under section 117(4) of the Family Law Act 1975 (a) been given and (b) been refused by the Australian Legal Aid Office since that Act came into operation.

Mr Ellicott - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I am informed by my Department that the Australian Legal Aid Office has given assistance to approximately 34 500 applicants under section 1 17 (4) of the Family Law Act 1975 since the Act came into operation on 5 January 1976.

Statistics of the types of family law proceedings and of applications refused are not available.

MrK.A.Aickin,Q.C. (Question No. 1193)

Mr Morris (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   What directorships were held by Mr K. A. Aickin, Q.C., before he was appointed to the High Court.

(2)   Do High Court Justices declare their financial interests.

Mr Ellicott - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   My understanding is that before his appointment to the High Court Mr Justice Aickin held directorships in BHP Co. Ltd, Comalco Ltd, Mayne Nickless Ltd and P & O Australia Ltd. My understanding also is that he resigned his directorships before his appointment to the Court.

(2)   Justices of the High Court are not required to declare their financial interests. The invariable practice is that a Justice will disqualify himself from taking part in the hearing of any matter in which he has a pecuniary interest.

Mirage Aircraft (Question 1199)

Mr Carrickasked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Commerce, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to the statements in the Report of the Auditor-General for 1 975-76 that in respect of Mirage aircraft there is a continuing failure to reconcile invoices covering supplies with items recorded as received in Australia.

(2)   If so, what action does he intend to take to ensure that a similar discrepancy does not occur again.

Mr Howard -The Minister for Industry and Commerce has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) I am aware of the statement and have obtained a report on it from the Department. There is no known discrepancy between supplies paid for and those received in Australia. The Department has been attempting to reconcile invoices with detailed delivery documents but the complicated mass of paperwork involved has made this an almost impossible task. Recent interdepartmental discussions have opened up the prospect of an alternative means of reconciliation which would be much simpler but would still fully meet the requirements of the relevant Treasury Directions. Detailed investigation of this alternative approach has already begun.

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