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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 26208


Senator Faulkner asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 25 July 2001:

Did the entire June 2001, issue no. 13, of the Centrelink publication Employment Update undergo a second national distribution because of a `mailing list error'; if so:

(a) what was the cost of the additional distribution of this publication; and

(b) what was the cost of printing the additional copies of the full-colour publication Employment Update for this redistribution.


Senator Vanstone (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

Only a very small proportion of the June 2001 edition of Employment Update was subject to a second distribution. The affected address lists were community address lists only, for 4,796 addressees out of a total distribution to close to one million individuals and organisations.

The distribution of the magazine to Centrelink customers was not affected.

(a) There was no cost to Centrelink for the second distribution to the affected address lists. All associated costs were born by the distribution contractor.

(b) There was no cost to Centrelink for any reprinting.