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Thursday, 9 December 1976


Mr Garrick asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) What is the cost of (a) designing and (b) manufacturing the initial supply of insignia for the Australian Honours system (Hansard, 22 September 1976, page 1350).

(2)   How many pieces of insignia have been ordered for each level in the Order of Australia

(3)   What is the average cost of the insignia awarded to a person appointed to each level in the Order.

(4)   Who is manufacturing the insignia.

(5)   Were tenders called for the manufacture of the insignia.

(6)   What is the average cost of the insignia awarded to a person appointed to each level in the Imperial Honours awarded to Australians.


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

(1)   to (3) $400,000 has been provided in this year's Budget for the design and supply of insignia. Initial costs cover the design and manufacture of special tools and dies which will be used over a number of years, as well as the costs of insignia for the current and previous years' honours lists and some future stocks. As manufacture is still in progress, annual and unit costs of insignia cannot yet be determined. I do not believe it appropriate to provide information on how many pieces of insignia have been ordered for each level in the Order of Australia. Such information may cause misleading speculation in public on the numbers of honours to be awarded.

(4)   The Royal Australian Mint, in conjunction with the designer, Mr Stuart Devlin.

(   5 ) The Royal Australian Mint has called tenders for those aspects of the total project which lend themselves to subcontracting.

(6)   Costs of these insignia are not available in Australia. In any case, an average figure would not be relevant, given the wide range of insignia awarded in the Imperial Honours system.

Inquiries, Task Forces and Reviews Initiated by the Government (Question No. 1488)


Dr Klugman asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

What inquiries, task forces and reviews have been initiated by his Government since his appointment as Prime Minister.


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

Following is a list of major inquiries, task forces and reviews initiated by the Government.

Interdepartmental committees and purely internal departmental reviews which have been established as part of the normal machinery for the co-ordination of government activities have, in line with established practice, not been included. To assemble such information would involve the expenditure of money and effort which I am not prepared to authorise.

Continuing government reviews and advisory councils, committees, task forces etc. which were set up in the past and reconstituted by the present Government are not included, nor are Industries Assistance Commission references or Commonwealth-State working parties of officials set up to examine and advise on matters having a Commonwealth and State interest

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Bill 1976- Analysis of Representations

Administrative Review Committee

Bureau of Meteorology Review Committee

Committee of Inquiry into Education and Training

Committee of Inquiry into the Role ofthe National Aboriginal Consultative Committee

Committee on the Care of the Aged and Infirm

Independent Inquiry into the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Industry Review Committee on Civil Aviation Services provided by the Department of Transport

Inquiries into Sabbatical Leave to Universities and Similar Provisions for Colleges of Advanced Education

Inquiry into the Australian Broadcasting System

Inquiry into the Four Australian Transport Business Undertakings

Inquiry into the Structure of Industry and the Employment Situation in Tasmania

Investigation into the Delivery of Services Financed by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs

Medibank Review Committee

Pathology Services Working Party

Professional Staffing for A.C.T. and N.T. Schools

Review of Australia 's Patents System

Review of Commonwealth Employment Service

Review of N.T. Aboriginal Residential Colleges

Review of Observatory Facilities

Sydney Major Airport Needs Study

Task Force on Co-ordination in Welfare and Health

Task Force on Self-Government in the A.C.T.

Trade Practices Review Committee







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