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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2795..


penalties imposed on uninsured employers and levies on approved insurers and self-insurers

(2) Yes.

(3) ACT Government Solicitor (GSO)

Mallesons Stephen Jacques (MSJ)

Dibbs Barker Gosling (DBG)

Minter Ellison (ME)

(4) Contracts were in place with each firm as follows:

GSO - Deed dated 4 July 1999 valid to 4 July 2002

MSJ - Deed dated 6 July 1999 valid to 6 July 2002

DBG - Deed dated 1 July 1999 valid to 1 July 2002

ME - Deed dated 12 July 1999 valid to 12 July 2002

The Government Solicitor provides advice to the Nominal Insurer as a client under the Government Solicitor Act 1989, regardless of whether a contract is in place.

The services of the other law firms are currently engaged on terms that include the terms of the original deed, as varied by the conduct of the parties.

A new tender process for the provision of legal services to the Nominal Insurer and WorkCover is to commence in the near future.

(5) The following table shows the cost of the services of the panel for work undertaken on behalf of the Nominal Insurer, by year and by firm:

2000-01 ($)

2001-02 ($)

2002-03 ($)

2003- to date ($)

Total ($)

GSO

Nil

243

Nil

500

743

MSJ

51,270

39,134

66,819

55,551

212,774

DBG

2,365

2,150

Nil

3,241

7,756

ME

462

Nil

Nil

Nil

462

Total

54,097

41,527

66,819

59,292

221,735

These costs represent direct legal fees and do not include other disbursements such as counsels' fees, medical reports and payments to other solicitors as part of settlement of claims.

WorkCover

(Question No 1512)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 5 May 2004:

Have there been any claims for stress leave and stress related worker's compensation by employees of A.C.T. WorkCover in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2001-02.

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

The following claims for psychological injury (stress) have been recorded:


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