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Notice given 24 August 2011

1026  Senator Ryan: To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. F118 taken on notice during the 2011-12 Budget estimates hearing of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee:

(1) Given that the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) outlined that in 2009-10, it had incurred external legal costs of $205 266 in relation to industrial elections and that four matters involved the Federal Court of Australia (two involving the Health Services Union (No. 1 Branch), one involving the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Association and one involving the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association):

(a) what external legal costs were incurred by the AEC for each of these actions; and

(b) what were the total costs, including in-kind and internal costs for which no payment was made, by the AEC for each of these actions.

(2) Given that the AEC outlined that, up until 15 June 2011, it had incurred external legal costs of $565 949.99 in 2010-11 in relation to industrial elections and that three matters involved the Federal Court of Australia (Purvinas and the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers’ Association; Nimmo and the Australian Education Union; and Kelly and the New South Wales Local Government, Clerical, Administrative, Energy, Airlines and Utilities Branch of the Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union (No. 2)):

(a) what external legal costs were incurred by the AEC for each of these actions; and

 

 (b) what were the total costs, including in-kind and internal costs for which no payment was made, by the AEC for each of these actions.

(3) Has the AEC incurred any other legal expenses, for example, through either seeking legal advice or with respect to any legal action or administrative activities, relating to registered industrial organisations in each of the following financial years: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11; if so, can the AEC provide:

(a) an amount for the expense incurred by the AEC with respect to each individual registered industrial organisation; and

(b) an amount for the total expense incurred by the AEC for each financial year listed.