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Thursday, 1 December 1983
Page: 3240

Question No. 778


Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 16 November 1983.

Did the Minister's Department, and any agencies reporting to the Minister, put in place alternative mailing arrangements during the recent Canberra mail strike ; if so, what was the extra cost in each case.


Mr Holding —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the agencies under my control did not establish alternative mailing arrangements during the recent Canberra mail strike. Urgent correspondence was included in existing courier bags at no extra cost.

In one case, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies used a courier firm to despatch an urgent briefing to its members; the cost was $300.