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Tuesday, 22 May 2001
Page: 26773

Mr Kerr asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 March 2001:

What will he do to ensure the ongoing availability of staff and resources to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or other administrative agencies given Parliament's rejection of his amalgamation proposal.

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

The existing tribunals which would have been replaced by the Administrative Review Tribunal (ART) will continue to operate as usual. The terms of appointments of a number of AAT members will cease on 30 June 2001. I will be taking appropriate steps to ensure that the AAT has adequate membership to ensure its continuing operation. There are a number of members whose tenure continues beyond 30 June 2001 and their situation is not affected.

Appropriate staffing levels will be maintained, and other resources allocated, to enable the tribunal to meet existing workloads beyond 1 July 2001.

In relation to the other tribunals that were to be incorporated into the ART, the responsible Ministers will take the necessary steps in relation to membership, staff and other resources to ensure their continuity.