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Tuesday, 17 November 1964


Senator HENTY - The Treasurer has supplied the following answers -

1.   There are standard scales of charges for parliamentary papers and for legal publications such as bills, acts, and ordinances. 2. (a) The scales are: -

(i)   For parliamentary papers - approximate guide only - 1-2 pages 6d. 3-4 pages 9d. 5-6 pages1s. 6d. plus 6d. for each additional 2 pages or part thereof, up to 16 pages; between 17 and 48 pages plus 6d. for each additional 4 pages or part thereof; between 49 and 144 pages plus1s. for each additional 8 pages or part thereof; thereafter 2s. per each additional 16 pages or part thereof.

(ii)   For bills, acts, ordinances, etc. - legal publications - 1-2 pages 6d. 3-4 pages 9d. 5-8 pages1s. 9-12 pages1s. 6d. 13-16 pages 2s. plus 6d. for each additional 8 pages or part thereof up to 200 pages, after which the price is 13s. 6d. for the first 200 pages and 6d. for each additional 16 pages or part thereof.

(b)   The scales are calculated on the basis of cost of printing, plus 75 per cent, to cover distribution costs other than postage, selling discounts, and an allowance for unsold copies.

(c)   Publications other than parliamentary papers and legal publications are normally priced on the basis set out in (b), but exceptions can be made for special reasons in individual cases. 3 and 4. The basis of pricing was altered on 1st January 1964, in order to recover the costs set put in 2 (b). Before that date prices were usually fixed to cover the cost of printing only. The scales for parliamentary papers and legal publications had, however, not been increased for about 40 years, and the increases were a little under 400 per cent. end just over 100 per cent, respectively.

5.   A comparison with State Government Printers shows that the per page cost of legal publications published by the Commonwealth, as an example, is cheaper for some sizes and more expensive for others, the average prices however being comparable.







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