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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 2026

Senator Greenwood asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   How many applications for financial assistance under section 1 4 1 A of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act have been made to the Attorney-General since5 December 1972.

(2   ) By whom was each such application made.

(3)   How many applications were refused and, if there were any, on what grounds was the assistance refused.

(4)   What determination and /or directions have been given by the Attorney-General in respect of each such application.

(5)   What payments by the Commonwealth have been made to each such applicant.

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

(1)   Ten.

(2)   and (5) The following is a list of the persons who made such applications and the amount paid for each applicant by the Australian Government up to 2 November 1973:


(3)   None.

(4)   My authorisation of financial assistance in each instance was given subject to the following directions-

(a)   Payment is authorised of the reasonable legal costs incurred by the applicant;

(b)   Payment is authorised of any fares reasonably incurred by the applicant in attending the hearing of the application, and an amount assessed by a Registrar to reimburse the applicant for reasonable expenses incurred by him for accommodation, if the proceedings are heard at a place other than the home city of the applicant;

(c)   If costs are awarded against the applicant in the proceedings, payment is authorised of the taxed costs of the respondent or respondents so awarded against the applicant;

(d)   Payment is authorised subject to the condition that, if any payment is made by the Commonwealth to or on behalf of the applicant pursuant to this authorisation and the applicant recovers an amount in payment of costs against any respondents to the proceedings, the applicant will pay the Commonwealth the amount or such proportion of the amount as is required to reimburse the Commonwealth for payments made in pursuance of this authorisation.'

I also reserved the right to give additional directions from time to time.

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