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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4794

Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Which reports of interdepartmental committees have been made public by the Government since 2 December 1972.

(2   ) How and when were they made public.

(3)   How does the Government decide whether interdepartmental committee reports will be made public

(4)   How many interdepartmental reports have been prepared since 2 December 1972.

(5)   What percentage of them have been made public.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) to (5) I am informed that the following reports have been made public in the manner indicated:

Housing control in the A.C.T.- forwarded to the A.C.T. Advisory Council early in 1 973

Survey of educational buildings in aboriginal communitiespress statement issued August 1973 and report made available to press and public

Land and housing in the A.C.T.- published September 1973 and made available to press and libraries

Closure of Woomera Flying Service Unit- published in Aeronautical Information circular 1 4 December 1973

Review of Australian anti-dumping legislation and the G.A.T.T. Anti-dumping code- press statement issued November 1973 and report made available to press and public

Defence disciplinary code- tabled in Parliament on 2 April 1974(Hansard,p.815)

Review of Public Works Committee Act- tabled in Parliament on 16 July 1974 (Hansard, p. 197)

Production of educational publications- tabled in Parliament on 2 October 1 974 (Senate Hansard, p. 1 58 1 )

Boxing and other contact sports- tabled in Parliament 3 October 1974(Hansard,p.2140)

Proposed Freedom of Information Legislation- tabled in Parliament on 5 December 1974.

It should not be inferred that in all other instances there have been specific decisions not to make reports public, nor should it be assumed that where Government decisions have been taken as a result of recommendations of interdepartmental committees the public has not been made aware of the considerations upon which such decisions have been based. Indeed, I believe the reverse to be the case.

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