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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 707..


advice on appropriate form of legislation, (ii) writing legislation, and (iii) passing legislation in the Assembly, (b) preparing for High Court action, including (i) directorate time, (ii) ACT Solicitor's Office time, and (iii) independent advice on preparing the case, and (c) taking action in the High Court, including (i) directorate time, (ii) ACT Solicitor's Office time, and (iii) independent lawyers contracted to present the case.

(2) What costs were charged by the High Court, including Federal Government costs.

(3) What was the cost of processing in the Legislative Assembly, including the time spent by MLAs and their staff.

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

The work done within my Directorate, including legal, legislative drafting and policy work was undertaken with existing resources.

ACT Government Solicitor provided legal services in relation to advice on the framing of the legislation and related matters. It also provided legal services in relation to litigation before the High Court. Existing resources were deployed for those activities.

As at 12 March 2014, the recorded total of the services provided by external Counsel engaged by the ACT Government Solicitor was $112,883.74.

There has been no approach to the ACT from the Commonwealth as to its costs.

I am not able to advise on time directed to this matter by MLAs or their staff.

Multicultural affairs—Fringe Festival (Question No 246)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 27 February 2014:

What were the cultural protocols for 2014 Fringe Festival.

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

As part of the conditions of the Deed of Grant, the Fringe Festival was required to provide a program approved by artsACT. The Fringe Festival provided an outline of the program which included comedy, dance, music, performance art and burlesque and which was approved by artsACT.

ACTION bus service—MyWay card (Question No 247)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 27 February 2014:

(1) How many times have passengers been financially penalised for not tagging off.


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