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New Arrangements for Procurement of Legal Services

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Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced the first wave of reforms to improve the way the Commonwealth buys legal services, in response to a blow-out in spending on lawyers by the Howard Government. The Government is developing standard tendering and contracting documents for agencies and legal firms tendering for Commonwealth work.

According to the Minister, "This should help reduce costs for both the Government and firms by improving the predictability of tender requirements and simplifying the task of tendering." The Government is also developing a standard reporting format for legal expenditure by Commonwealth agencies.

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