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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3197

Mr Holding asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 19 February 1980:

(   1 ) What action has the Government taken on the recommended changes to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal legislation, made by the Administrative Review Council (Council's 3rd Annual Report, clauses 77 to 99, pages 19 to 24).

(2)   Is the Attorney-General able to state whether a separ- ' ate Australian Capital Territory Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal will be established; if so, when; if not, why not.

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

(1)   The Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 was amended last year to give effect to the most urgent of the Administrative Review Council's recommendations (the constitution of the Council itself, the powers of the Tribunal and the Federal Coun of Australia in relation to stay orders and a machinery matter relating to time limits). The remaining recommendations of the Council are still under consideration.

(2)   The creation of an Australian Capital. Territory Division of the Tribunal is being considered as a part of the examination of the Council's recommendation that the present Divisional structure of theTribunalshould be substantially altered- see paragraphs 82 and 83 of the Third Annual Report.

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