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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1532


Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 1 8 March 1 980:

(   1 ) What accounting is made to the Auditor-General to ensure that Commonwealth funds allocated to the North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service and the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service are expended in a correct and proper manner.

(2)   Which legal practitioners, or firms of legal practitioners, have received payments from the two Northern Territory Legal Aid services in respect of legal representation on behalf of the Services, and how much have they received in each case.


Senator Chaney - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The two legal services, like other organisations receiving grants from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, are required to submit a quarterly accounting statement, and annually to certify that their grants have been used for the purposes for which they were made and to submit auditor's reports including audited annual statements of receipts and payments. The budgets and accounting statements of the services are available for inspection by the Auditor-General in his reviews of departmental operations.

(2)   The two legal services have provided the following details of amounts paid by them to legal practitioners in 1978-79:

 







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