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Tuesday, 20 April 1999
Page: 3956

Senator Robert Ray asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 9 March 1999:

(1) What is the cost to the department of the compilation, reproduction and distribution of the Ministerial Document Service produced by AusInfo.

(2) What is the total circulation of the Ministerial Document Service.

Senator Ellison (Special Minister of State) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The cost to the department in 1998-99 is expected to be approximately $176,000. Improvements in the efficiency of the production process have led to a reduction in the cost of production by approximately 50% over the past three years, from approximately $350,000 per annum in 1996.

(2) Circulation of Press Releases is 520 copies per release.