Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2984..
Ms McRae: More volunteers to go and use a solicitor.
MR HUMPHRIES: Just listen, Ms McRae. You might find out something. It is just possible, if you listen. Exercise patience and you will get somewhere.
MR SPEAKER: You will not find out anything if you keep interjecting, because you cannot hear the Minister's answer.
MR HUMPHRIES: The service will not be discontinued. It will either continue through the present service funded through legal aid or be replaced by a service provided by a roster of lawyers voluntarily entered into by the Law Society. I have had several discussions with the Law Society about the arrangement.
Mr Connolly: We will rely on charity.
MR HUMPHRIES: No. The Law Society is quite happy to entertain the idea. They have said to me several times that they are prepared to look at the idea, and that is currently under way. There will be no decision to remove the services of lawyers to people in custody after hours. It will be available, whether it is through a roster or through this particular scheme funded presently through legal aid.
MR MOORE: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Mr Humphries, even if the $40,000 savings is made and not spent on this firm, will you guarantee that all persons who seek to have legal representation under those circumstances will have legal representation?
MR HUMPHRIES: Yes.
Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Report on Airports Conference - Government Response
MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism) (3.14): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Government's response to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism's report entitled "`The Future of Airports in Australia' Conference" and move:
That the Assembly takes note of the paper.
Mr Speaker, the Government welcomes the report from members of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism from the conference they attended entitled "The Future of Airports in Australia". I would like to thank the members for the work put into preparing the report. The report acknowledges the importance of the airport and the question of access by tourists and business people to the national capital.