Robert Cornell advocacy study documents

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From: Verity Pane

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Under FOI I seek the terms of reference for the DVA Robert Cornell advocacy study, or if DVA claim they do not exist, I seek copy of any contract with Robert Cornell DVA currently has, and any document that DVA holds that refers to the commissioning of work from Robert Cornell about DVA’s use of legal services.

There is a public interest in these documents given DVA legal services expenditure skyrocketed by another $3.33 million in FY17/18, on top of the high $10.27 million in the previous financial year, with $9.44 million of that (again another skyrocketing increase) on external legal services.

Taxpayers have a right to know why DVA, which is such a small agency, spends excessively on litigation and overuse of external legal service providers, especially when - again for a small agency - it has an in-house legal staff (including internal barristers) exceeding more than 20 legal practitioners.

The evidence certainly is that DVA does not act as a model litigant, but rather has relationships of benefit to three external legal services providers in particular, that have more to do with unofficial benefits certain individuals within DVA derive from overuse of these very expensive services.

Ms Verity Pane

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Good afternoon Verity Pane,

FOI 25408 - FOI acknowledgement

Further to your FOI request received by the Department on 6 November 2018, please accept this as acknowledgement of your request. A decision on your request will be due by 6 December 2018.

Kind Regards,

Information Law Section | Legal Services and General Counsel Branch
Legal Assurance and Governance Division
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
E: [email address] | W: www.dva.gov.au

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Dear Ms Pane

 

FOI 25408 – Decision and Statement of Reasons

 

Please find attached the decision relating to your freedom of information
request received by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 6 November
2018.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Law Section | Legal Services & Assurance Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

E: [1][email address]

 

[2]cid:image001.png@01D0027A.1DAB84F0

 

 

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