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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1643..


Youth Legal Referral Service

(Question No 1323)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on Wednesday, 3 March 2004:

(1) How many requests for assistance has the Youth Legal Referral Service received in its first year of operation;

(2) Will this pilot project continue to run for a second year;

(3) What has been the cost of running this service for a year;

(4) Does the Government deem it a necessary service based on the history of the last year.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) From December 2002 to 30 November 2003 there were 323 requests for assistance from the First Stop Legal and Referral Service for Young People (First Stop).

(2) As of 1 January 2004 the Vice Chancellor of the ANU has given a special allocation of funds to enable a new clinical law program to be established using First Stop. First Stop will continue to be a partnership between the ANU Law Faculty, Legal Aid Office (ACT), Clayton Utz and ACT Youth Coalition. The services to be provided will be the same as previously. Clayton Utz will continue to provide solicitors on a pro bono basis and Legal Aid will supply a solicitor for five half days per week. The program enables students to develop legal practice skills in a supervised environment while the centre still supplies services to the youth community.

(3) The cost for the year of operation to Legal Aid was approximately $55,000. As of 1 January 2004, the ANU took over the administrative proportion of these costs. There will continue to be some cost to Legal Aid in providing a solicitor for five half days per week. This will be approximately $25,000 per annum.

(4) While the Government is supportive of the service, First Stop remains a partnership between ANU Law Faculty, Legal Aid Office (ACT) , Clayton Utz and the ACT Youth Coalition. Whether the service is necessary is a matter for the project partners to decide.

Education-teacher salaries

(Question No 1326)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 4 March 2004:

(1) What is the average gross salary of female teachers registered with the ACT Department of Education, Youth and Family Services employed on a (a) full-time and (b) part-time or casual basis;

(2) What is the average gross salary of male teachers registered with the ACT Department of Education, Youth and Family Services employed on a (a) full-time and (b) part-time or casual basis.


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