Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 17 February 2011) . . Page.. 411 ..
(5) (a) It is not practical to readily identify legal advice relating to the development of legislation. Advice of this kind may come from the Government Solicitor, Parliamentary Counsel, agency policy staff or specialist agencies.
(b) It is not clear what ‘provided in-kind’ is intended to include.
Government—legal advice(Question No 1346)
Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Gaming and Racing, upon notice, on 8 December 2010:
(1) What is the cost of legal advice in the Minister’s portfolio to date in 2010-11 and to which department or agency does this apply.
(2) What proportion is this of the 2010-11 Budget for legal advice for each department or agency in the portfolio.
(3) What was the purpose of the legal advice that has been received.
(4) How much of this has been for legal advice directly related to court cases.
(5) How much legal advice has been (a) used for the development of legislation and (b) provided ‘in-kind’.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The Government Solicitor provides legal services free of charge to most agencies, including the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission. Details of the Government Solicitor's funding are found in the Territory’s Budget Paper for 2010-11.
(2) There is no specific budget for legal advice.
(3) Legal advice is received on a range of matters relating to the Commission’s functions.
(4) It is not practicable to disaggregate advice relating to court cases from the totality of advice provided as the focus of advice on a particular issue may change over time (eg the advice may initially not relate to a court case but later may relate to a court case or negotiation).
(5) It is not practicable to readily identify legal advice relating to the development of legislation. Advice of this kind may come from the Government Solicitor, Parliamentary Counsel, agency policy staff or specialist agencies. It is not clear what “provided in-kind” is intended to include.
Government—legal advice(Question No 1350)
Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 8 December 2010: