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Thursday, 5 December 1974


Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, 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 are involved with the distribution of press releases.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that the answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Copies of press releases issued by the Minister for Labor and Immigration are distributed by hand to the Canberra Press Gallery and to media representatives in Melbourne, by bulk postage to other addresses and by publication in the Australian Government Digest.

(2)   Press releases are distributed to media organisations, Government Departments, Embassies, political party organisations and to individuals and organisations from whom requests are received. The list of names of the latter changes constantly.

(3)   The number of copies circulated depends on the particular content matter but generally copies of press releases distributed on Labor matters approach 3,000, and on Immigration matters 1,900.

(4)   and (S) The costs of producing and distributing Ministerial press releases and numbers of staff involved are not readily available as reproduction units are engaged continuously on producing a variety of printed material. The costs attributable to the press releases have not been separately maintained.

Australian Public Service: Part-time Employees (Question No. 1662) Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Does the Government support the recommendation by the committee of inquiry into labour market training (the Cochrane Committee) which reported in May 1974 that the Australian Government should take the lead in extending opportunities for part-time employment by granting permanent status to its pan-time employees; if so, when will this be introduced; if not, why not.


Mr Whitlam - The Public Service Board which is responsible for the terms and conditions of employment within the Australian Public Service, has supplied the following information for answer to the right honourable member's question:

Development in the field of pan-time employment in the Australian Public Service, including a study of the concept of permanent pan-time employment, are outlined in the Board's 1974 Annual Report tabled on 17 September 1974 (pp. 95-6).

See also my answer to the right honourable member's earlier Question No. 316 (Hansard, 23 October 1974, pp. 2784-5).







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