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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4834

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Housing and Construction, upon notice:

(   1 ) How are copies of Ministerial press releases circulated.

(   2 ) To whom are they circulated.

(   3 ) How many copies are circulated in total.

(4)   What is the total annual cost, including salary and administration charges, in producing and distributing Ministerial press releases.

(5)   How many public servants in his Department arc involved with the distribution of press releases.

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Copies of press releases issued by the Minister are distributed by hand to the Press Gallery from the Department and mailed according to mailing lists in the Department.

(2)   There is a list of people who regularly receive copies of the Minister's press statements and this list is constantly changed. Copies of press statements are also distributed in response to people calling in, or writing in, on a casual basis. Broadly, however, statements are issued to all members and senators, media organisations, Government Departments, political party organisations, industry organisations, libraries and individuals from whom requests are received.

(   3 ) The number of copies circulated depends to an extent upon the particular subject matter of the statement, but in general, statements are sent regularly to about 500 addressees including members of Parliament and Government Departments.

(4)   Part of the cost of producing and distributing press releases for the Minister is included in costs relating to Departmental salaries and administration. However, the costs attributable to Ministerial press releases have not been separately identified and it is therefore not possible to give a precise answer to this part of the right honourable member's question.

(   5 ) One plus limited involvement of several others.

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