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Tuesday, 9 November 1976


Mr Nicholls (BONYTHON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to a report in the Canberra Times of 8 October 1976 that Indonesian military forces in East Timor have launched a major offensive in an attempt to clean up the remaining pockets of Fretilin resistance before the monsoon season starts.

(2)   If so, in his discussions in Jakarta on 8 October 1976 and subsequent days, did he inquire whether this report was accurate.

(3)   If so, what did he ascertain.


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

(   1 ) to (3) The joint communique issued at the conclusion of my visit to Indonesia reflects the substance of my discussions with President Soeharto on the subject of East Timor. The press report referred to by the honourable member was not mentioned in my discussions.

Committee of Inquiry into Public Libraries (Question No. 1341)


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services:

Which recommendations of the Committee of Inquiry into Public Libraries, tabled on 1 April 1976, have not been implemented.


Mr Street - The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Government has not yet taken decisions on the numerous recommendations of this report, which has been put to study by an interdepartmental working group. When this study has been completed the Government will give detailed consideration to the report.

Public Libraries: Expenditure (Question No. 1342)


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services:

(   1 ) Can the Minister say how many public libraries there are in Australia.

(2)   What is the expenditure of these libraries on (a) annual recurrent expenditure and (b) acquisition of new works.

(3)   What support does (a) the Federal Government and (b) each State Government through federal grants, give to public libraries.


Mr Street - The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) The Commonwealth does not maintain the range of statistics required to answer this question. Information on these matters is contained in the report of the Committee of Inquiry into Public Libraries.

(3)   No specific Commonwealth assistance is provided for public libraries in the States. It is for the States and local authorities to determine the proportion of the Commonwealth general purpose assistance that should be devoted to public libraries.

Committee of Inquiry into Public Libraries (Question No. 1361)


Dr Klugman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services:

(   1 ) Has the Minister studied the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Public Libraries.

(2)   Has the Minister referred it to another committee for consideration; if so, when does he expect to have this further report.

(3)   When does the Minister expect to announce the Government's intentions in respect of the report.


Mr Street - The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The report has been referred to an interdepartmental working group which is expected to report shortly.

(3)   Decisions on the report will be made after the results of the working group 's examination have been considered.







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