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Federal Budget 2011: High Court funded as ICC takes hit

Federal Budget 2011: High Court funded as ICC takes hit

Australia's contribution to the International Criminal Court has been dealt a blow via Treasurer Wayne Swan's Fourth Federal Budget, while the High Court will see an additional $6.1 million…

Australia's contribution to the International Criminal Court has been dealt a blow via Treasurer Wayne Swan's Fourth Federal Budget, while the High Court will see an additional $6.1 million worth of funding over the next four years.

Chief Justice of the High Court Robert French made the call for additional funding of the High Court earlier this year.

The Attorney-General Robert McClelland reported that the base level funding for the High Court of Australia will assist the court in managing "unavoidable increases in costs" relating to the High Court's accommodation.

The ICC will lose a portion of Australian funding for programs under the Attorney-General Department's initiative to identify $8.1 million worth of savings over the next four years, which will also see a reduction in expenditure currently supplied to the states and territories for family law programs under the Family Law Act 1975.

For our video wrap up, watch our video summary of the 2011 Federal Budget key announcements:

May 10: For full coverage of the budget implications and industry reaction for sectors including education, employment, the environment, family and community services, infrastructure, housing, health & ageing, taxation and superannuation, visit our special Federal Budget microsite: www.lexisnexis.com.au/federal-budget

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