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Tuesday, 30 June 1998
Page: 5731

Mr Price asked Mr Speaker on 26 May 1998:

Could you advise members of the guidelines regarding material that members can have printed and what specifically are not allowed to be printed as newsletters by the printing office.


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

The Department of the House Representatives Members' Handbook (1996 edition) contains the following guidelines on material that can be printed in newsletters by the printing service:

Material is restricted to parliamentary and electorate business (material which is related to party political and electoral campaign matters will not be accepted);

All material must bear the Member's name; and

Reproduction of material such as cartoons, graphs, articles will only be approved if Members provide confirmation that they have received the permission of the author and appropriate attribution is included.

Members are also entitled to have newsletters (as well as personalised letterhead stationery and other printed material as approved by the responsible Minister for distribution to constituents) printed under regulations made pursuant to the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990.

Under guidelines used by the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of the House of Representatives, Members accessing benefits under the regulations are required to certify, inter alia, that the expenditure is for parliamentary or electorate business (but not party business).