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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4783

Mr Kerin asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Further to my question No. 1876 of 25 November 1974, if the Notice Paper was published in full only on the first sitting day of each week, with subsequent issues for the week omitting all questions on notice except for those which appear for the first time during that week, what would be the savings in (a) labour and (b) production costs for a typical sitting week, e.g. the week ended 2 1 November 1 974.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

This is in fact one of the proposals recently put by Mr Speaker to the leaders of the parties in the House of Representatives. As I indicated in my answer to question No. 1 876 (supra) the savings which could be achieved by such an arrangement are substantial. The Acting Government Printer has estimated that, based on the average issue during 1 974, $658 per issue of Notice Papers from 1 7 September to 13 November could have been saved by adopting the new arrangements proposed by Mr Speaker. There could have been a significant reduction in man-hours, which in 1974 were 77 per issue compared with 37 per issue in 1 973.

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