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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 4360

Mr Cooke asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Attorney-General propose to engage American lawyers to assist in drafting legislation on restrictive trade practices and Aboriginal land rights.

(2)   If so, what are the names, qualifications, terms of employment, periods of employment, salaries and/or expenses of each of them.

(3)   What secretarial or research staff will be provided for each of them.

Mr Enderby - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   No, not in drafting in the technical sense.

(2)   (3) Not applicable.

Legal experts from the United States, at the time of my visit to the United States, were engaged by me to assist my department in formulating proposals for new legislation.

A United States lawyer, Mr R. M. Dietrich, General Counsel to the United States Federal Trade Commission, has assisted in the preparation of instructions for restrictive trade practices legislation. His services were made available by the United States Government without charge. The Australian Government met the costs of his fares and living expenses in Australia. Mr Dietrich, who was in Canberra for a period of four weeks, worked in association with officers of my Department in the Department's premises.

Mr AdrianParmeter, a United States authority on land rights matters, has given advice to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and to my Department on aboriginal land rights. He was provided with air fares and a fee of $2,200. Mr Parmeter was engaged on this work for the Australian Government for a period of three weeks and three days.

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