Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 16, 2022


Women's Legal Service

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (15:14): Supplementary question: is this new service being funded from money that the commonwealth is providing to states and territories under their DV programs, the fourth tranche, or is it an appropriation from the minister's own department?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:14): I thank the honourable member for her question. I think it is through the national legal partnership framework, which is commonwealth funding but the states then work with the commonwealth in its allocation.

The Hon. J.S. Lee: It's not new money.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: It's new money and it's what former governments have done. I note the Hon. Jing Lee interjecting. I appreciate the bipartisan way most people treat these issues.