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Tuesday, 18 November 1986
Page: 2413

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(6.05) —I will pass on to my colleague the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Mr Willis, the fact that Senator Michael Baume does not seem to like the document entitled `The Accord-The First Two Years'.

Senator Puplick —That will worry him!

Senator GRIMES —It will probably worry him a lot. I suppose I could compare it to some of the movies that we used to see in 1981 and 1982 after the Budgets were brought down. But it is too late in the afternoon for that sort of behaviour.

I have become interested in the cost of letterheads since Senator Michael Baume drew it to my attention yesterday. I will certainly make some reforms in my Department. It has always been the case, apparently, that Ministers have embossed letterheads and fancy-looking stuff. My letterhead is embossed. I had better do something about that. But the paper is not the high quality paper that the National Director of the Commonwealth Employment Service has. I think it is perfectly reasonable to ask why he needs a two-colour format when he has low purchases. I think departmental symbols on letterheads should mean something. If one looks at the letterhead for my Department, there appears on it what looks like a set of snooker balls. The biggest ones are on the bottom and the smallest are on the top. It is a reflection of the fact that the capacity decreases as one gets to the top of my Department, as does the power and the influence. There is also a more vulgar explanation within my Department, but I cannot repeat that for Hansard. However, I will refer Senator Baume's remarks to the Minister. I think I might refer his remarks on the various costs of letterheads to all departments.

Senator Puplick —Refer them to Senator Walsh.

Senator GRIMES —Senator Walsh is very interested. I think we will have uniform paper, probably manufactured by Sorbent, and the printing will be done by photocopiers.