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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1858..

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

The questions you have raised are already being examined by Mr McLeod and the Emergency Services Bureau (ESB) has provided a submission to the Inquiry covering all aspects of ESB's involvement in the January 2003 bushfires.

I am sure that the exact detail of the questions you have raised will also be examined as part of the Coronial process.

Law Reform Commission

(Question No 693)

Mr Stefaniak

asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 8 May 2003:

In relation to funds for the Bill of Rights and the Law Reform Commission:

Given that:

In 2001 Labor promised to provide additional funds to the Law Reform Commission.

This was detailed in a commitment for a Bill of Rights Committee and the Law Reform Commission.

In the 2002-03 Budget Papers there appears to be only funding for the Bill of Rights.

Did the Government meet its commitment to provide additional funds to the Law

Reform Commission. If so, where in the budget papers can the figures be found

and what was the additional amount provided. If not, why not;

In a response to the amount spent on consultancies by your Government there was an amount of $54,000 for the deliberative poll for a Bill of Rights. From where in the Budget was this $54,000 taken;

How much of the $120,000 allocated to the Bill of Rights had been expended as at 30 April 2003 and what has been delivered for that expenditure.

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

Government funding for the Law Reform Commission for 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 was provided for in the Justice and Community Safety Departmental Budget, Legislation and Policy. An amount of $50,000 per annum was allocated for the Law Reform Commission.

An amount of $54,000 was spent on a deliberative poll for the Bill of Rights Inquiry. Of the original budget of $89,500 for the Bill of Rights, $35,000 was identified for the deliberative poll consultancy. The remaining $19,000 spent on the deliberative poll has been absorbed out of the Legal Policy budget.

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