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CASA and it’s legal budget Who gets the money??

The following shows the outside legal people used by CASA in 2013 [from the annual report – 2013]:

 

So, Mr. Harvey got at least 40% of the outside work [including the Government Solicitor] – the more real data would exclude the Government Solicitor and then Mr. Harvey turns up with at least 53% of the CASA legal work.

Note: From the CASA annual reports that in 2010-2011, Ian Harvey was paid $154,736, $219,259 in 2009-10 and $89,115 in 2008-09.

The following from the senate estimates when queries were being made of CASA by Senator Jan McLucas in 2006 [and it’s legal antics]:

14th Apr 2012, 16:48   #54 (permalink)
Ian Harvey and casa – The Coroners Court

Here is more detailed support, remembering by the end of June 2008, in AusTender documents, Ian Harvey had tendered for specialist legal services some $50.000 as follows:

HARVEY, IAN13749696787 Specialist Legal Barrister FY2007/2008 (GAPS ID: 1691414) Legal services 6-Aug-07 16-Jul-07 30-Jun-08 50,000.00

The forward tender quote for Mr. Harvey is some $200 000 for 2011-2012 [see the aus tender docs]

Quote:
Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

Budget Estimates May 2006
Transport and Regional Services
Question: CASA 15
Division/Agency: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Topic: Mr Ian Harvey QC
Hansard Page: 39 (23/05/06)
Senator McLucas asked:

Senator McLUCAS—My next question is tangentially related to this issue. Can you tell me what work CASA has employed Mr Ian Harvey QC to undertake over the last, say, five to seven years?
Mr Gemmell—We can. Mr Harvey has done quite a bit of work for CASA. He very commonly represents us. I have come across him representing us in the Federal Court and indeed in coronial inquiries and various things. So he has done quite a bit, be we would have to check all the details of that.
Senator McLUCAS—If you could just give me a list. I hope that is not too difficult to find.
Mr Gemmell—No, we could find that.

Answer:

Over the past 5 years, Mr Ian Harvey QC has appeared for CASA in the following matters:

In the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

• Cole v CASA
• Brazier v CASA
• Aerolink v CASA
• Schutt Flying Academy v CASA
• McWilliam v CASA
• Polar Aviation v CASA
• Mulligan v CASA
• Heavylift v CASA

In the Federal Court

• Layton v CASA
• CASA v Boatman (led by P. Brereton QC)
• Byers v CASA
• McWilliam v CASA (led by R. Tracey QC)
• CASA v Hotop (led by P. Brereton QC)

Coronial Inquests

• Police Air Wing (Western Australia)
• Toowomba (Queensland)
• Hamilton Island (Queensland)

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

Budget Estimates May 2006
Transport and Regional Services
Other Court Proceedings
• Sydney Heli-Scenic v CASA (NSW) (led by G. Hilton SC)
Mr Harvey has also provided training for CASA on five occasions.
Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Budget Estimates May 2006
Transport and Regional Services
Question: CASA 16
Division/Agency: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Topic: Mr Ian Harvey QC – CASA’s Preferred Barrister

Hansard Page: 39 (23/05/06)
Senator McLucas asked:
Senator McLUCAS—It would be quite simple to find. Would you describe
Mr Harvey as CASA’s preferred barrister?
Mr Gemmell—No. My understanding is that we have a contractual arrangement with a panel of suppliers who we roll around with. Mr Harvey on occasions would be representing our insurers. It would be a decision about representation coming from both CASA and our insurers, and it depends on who our insurers are. I am not sure the description ‘preferred’ would be correct, but I can check that to see if any part of the contract does indicate that.

Answer:

Mr Ian Harvey QC is one of a small number of barristers with demonstrable experience and expertise in aviation-related matters of the kind in which CASA tends to become involved. In litigation before the courts and before coronial inquests, CASA’s insurers and external solicitors determine who will appear on CASA’s behalf. In many of those cases, Mr Harvey is their choice on the basis of his recognised ability and expertise.
Before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, CASA’s own in-house counsel appears for CASA in about half of all matters brought. Mr Harvey has appeared in a majority of the remainder of those matters in recent years.
As is customary with barristers, Mr Harvey is self-employed and is engaged on a fixed daily rate in each matter briefed.

Not quite true Mr Gemmell

The question is, how many answers by casa to the Senators are “Not quite true”

Bring on the next Budget Estimates please.

 

 

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