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Thursday, 5 December 1974

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Science, upon notice:

(1)   How many consumer advice booklets have been published to date, and on what subjects.

(2   ) What was the cost of each publication.

(3)   What was the cost of purchase by the public of each publication.

(4)   Does the Government make a profit on the sale of these publications.

(   5 ) How many copies have been

(a)   distributed free of cost; and

(   b ) purchased by the public.

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

(   1 ) Two consumer advice publications have been published to date.

(1)   the Buyers ' Guide to Colour Television: and

(ii)   a multi-lingual pamphlet on the flammability of children 's clothing entitled 'Clothes Burn-So Do Kids '.

(2)   The total cost of each was $27,334 and $ 1 . 440 respectively.

(   3 ) $0.20 per copy and gratis respectively.

(4)   No.

(5   ) (i) Buyers' Guide to Colour Television

(a)   Nil

(b)   98,000 have been distributed to various outlets for sale. No actual sale figures are available.

(ii)   Flammability pamphlets

(a)   9,050 were distributed, free of charge, through the Department of Labor and Immigration to Good Neighbour Councils and ethnic groups throughout Australia.

(b)   30,000 went to the Royal Children's Hospital. Burns Unit, Melbourne, which contributed $3 10 to the cost of printing.

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