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Wednesday, 23 May 1973
Page: 2505

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Minister for Services and Property) - .1 move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of the Bill now before the House is to amend the Book Bounty Act 1969-1970 to give legislative authority to administrative decisions announced by the previous Government. When the book bounty was introduced in June 1969, the then Government expected payments to total about $1..6m a year. During 1970-71 this amount was exceeded and in May 1971 it was decided to contain expenditure to an acceptable level by excluding certain publications from bounty eligibility.

The change was publicly announced on 28 May 1971 and applied on and from 31 May 1971 except for those publications for which a firm order was held by printers prior to this date and all copy had been received. The Bill gives legislative authority to this administrative practice which has been in force since 31 May 1971. I commend the Bill to honourable members.

Debate (on motion by Mr Bonnett) adjourned.

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