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Thursday, 6 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - The Prime Minister has supplied the following reply to the honorable senator's question -

The National Librarian has indicated that no library in Australia has been formally designated either a full or partial depository of Commonwealth official publications. The matter is, however, under active consideration as a result of a recommendation in the report of the Joint Select Committee of Parliamentary and Government Publications.

It is relevant that the majority of State reference, parliamentary and university libraries receive a varying range of official publications, including in most cases those of the Commonwealth Parliament. The National Library has continued arrangements with individual Commonwealth departments for receiving two copies of all their publications. In addition, the National Library receives the publications of State departments, and it is on this basis that it produces its comprehensive catalogue entitled " Australian Government Publications ".

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