Department of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Territory Government

Grant payments transfer to Legal Policy Unit

9th Assembly


226. Grant payments transfer to Legal Policy Unit

Ms Carney to MINISTER for Justice and Attorney-General


I would be grateful if you would provide the answers to the following questions in relation to the Justice Department's Budget for 2004-05. In order to assist you, please note that this question relates to output group: 1.0 Legal Services (1.1: Solicitor for the NT).

1. Under the heading ‘key variations’ on page 115, it is stated ‘Grant payments of $2.9m have been transferred from the Solicitor for the NT output to the Legal Policy output from 2003-04.’ On page 116 the ‘grant payments’ are described as “Legal Aid grants” -

      [Legal Policy ‘develops reviews and implements legislative change, advises the Attorney-General and the Government on law and justice measures, and provides Ministerial support’. [p117] - }
      (a) What is the main purpose of the grants;
      (b) Why were the grant payments transferred to Legal Policy;
      (c) Did Treasury make a recommendation to transfer the grants, or was the decision made in the Department of Justice;
      (d) What are the policy or budgetary reasons for transferring legal aid grants to Legal Policy;
      (e) Why have the grant payments been transferred now and not in the past;
      (f) Is it the case that this transfer of $2.34m amounts to an injection of funds directly to assist the Attorney-General do his job; and
      (g) What will the $2.34m be used for.

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