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Thursday, 11 October 1973
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Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   How many copies of the pamphlet 'The Australian Health Insurance Program - The Plain Facts' were (a) printed and (b) distributed.

(2)   What was the cost of (a) compilation, (b) printing, and (c) distribution.

(3)   Who were the authors of the pamphlet.

Mr Hayden (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:


(a)   A total of 2,250,000 copies of the pamphlet: The Australian Health Insurance Program The Plain Facts' have been printed. This quantity was made up of an initial order of 1,300,000 and two reprints- one of 700,000 and one of 250,000 copies - which were made because of the obvious demand from the public for the pamphlet.

In addition, 40,000 copies have been printed in Greek and Italian along with 200,000 copies of a summarised version called 'Points for New Residents' in six foreign languages.

(b)   Limited stocks of the pamphlet are still being held by offices of the Department of Social Security and by the Post Office. All the pamphlets produced are expected to be distributed.

(2)   Costs involved in the project are:

(a)   No specific compilation costs are available. In real terms they represent simply a number of hours of time by various officers who made suggestions, drafted text and researched facts.

(b)   Printing and associated freight and dispatching costs totalled $45,211. The foreign language material outlined above cost an additional $2,406.

(c)   Distribution costs are made up of two components:

(i)   $16,619 charged by the Australian Post Office for placement of material on their counters.

(ii)   Charges by a mailing house of $2,350 plus postage for dispatching copies of the pamphlet in response to postal requests for it.

(3)   As indicated in answer 2 (a), there was no specific author of the pamphlet. It is in question and answer form and the answer material was mostly drafted by Dr R. B. Scotton, Chairman of the Interim Executive of the Australian Health Insurance Commission.

Note - There may be minor variations in the figures quoted when all accounts are received.

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