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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2256..


Human rights

(Question No 1479)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) Further to his media release reported on 25 March 2004 on ABC radio news in relation to his visit to the United Kingdom and discussions he had with persons in relation to the A.C.T. Bill of Rights, now enacted as the Human Rights Act 2004 and the reference to Professor Francesca Klug being involved in the consultation on the A.C.T. Bill of Rights, was any other non-resident of the A.C.T. consulted on the A.C.T. Bill of Rights; if so, please list those persons and the capacity in which they were consulted;

(2) On what basis was Professor Klug consulted;

(3) Was Professor Klug, or any other non-resident of the A.C.T., paid for any services they rendered during the consultation; if so, how much;

(4) If there was any paid consultation was there a tender process;

(5) If so, please give details.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In the process of preparing its report, the ACT Bill of Rights Consultative Committee consulted several non-residents, both informally (whilst they were in Canberra for other purposes) and formally.

Others who were consulted were the Rt Hon E W Thomas DCNZM PC QC of

New Zealand; Professor George Williams of NSW University; Dr Gavan Griffith, barrister, Melbourne; and Ms Kate Eastman, barrister, Sydney. Each was consulted in his or her capacity as legal practitioner, judge (in the case of

the Hon E W Thomas) or legal academic.

(2) Professor Klug was engaged in informal consultation with the ACT Consultative Committee when she visited the ACT as a guest of the Australian National University, to present papers at a conference "Comparative Bills of Rights"at the National Museum of Australia on 18 December 2002.

(3) Professor Klug gave her services free of charge, as did the Rt Hon E W Thomas, who was also present in Canberra as a guest presenter at the above conference, and Professor Williams.

Non-residents of the ACT who were consulted by the ACT Consultative Committee on the Bill of Rights were as follows:

Dr Gavan Griffith, barrister, Melbourne, for legal counsel:

18 March 2003

$11,500

2 May 2003

$10,875


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