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Thursday, 5 December 1974

Mr Snedden asked the Treasurer, 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 Crean - The answer to the right honourable member's question is:

(   1 ) The normal procedure is for press releases issued by the Treasurer to be delivered by hand to the Press Gallery in Parliament House and for copies distributed otherwise to be sent by mail.

(2)   Copies of the Treasurer's press statements are also distributed in accordance with a mailing list which is subject to constant review. The list includes those major media outlets throughout Australia which embrace both nationwide and local newspapers, Tass Correspondent, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and British Broadcasting Commission (Sydney rep.). In addition copies are distributed in response to inquiries by people and organisations, Members and Senators, government departments embassies, political party organisations, business firms and organisations, libraries and individuals.

(3)   The number of copies circulated depends to an extent upon the particular subject matter of the statement, but in general copies are sent to about 1,300 addressees.

(4)   The cost of producing and distributing press releases by the Treasurer is included in the salaries and other administrative costs of the Treasury and is not separately identifiable. It would, however, constitute only a minute proportion of those costs.

(5)   Five officers on an as and when required basis are involved in the distribution of press releases.

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