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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2216

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Mr President,this letter takes the form of an outline of proposed areas of study for a diagnostic survey of the ABC and its organisation. Honourable senators may be aware of the fact that the Australian Broadcasting Commission engaged the firm of McKinsey and Company, who are management consultants, on or about the middle of 1972 to conduct a diagnostic survey of the Commission's management methods and organisation. That study is not yet complete. Reports to the Press have indicated that a preliminary report was forwarded to the Commission last year. I am advised that the Commission and senior management personnel were given, in the latter part of last year, a visual presentation relating to McKinsey's initial work, which involved discussions with ABC officers at various levels. I am further advised that it is normal in projects of this nature for statements to be produced from time to time for discussion purposes but none of these have been retained by the ABC.

The document I have tabled indicates the lines of investigation which McKinsey and Company propose to pursue in their survey. It does not indicate firm decisions or proposed solutions on any of the questions which arise. It may however be useful for honourable senators and interested members of the public to see the sort of lines of inquiry that have been laid down for the inquiry and, of course, it is the Government's policy to allow for, and encourage, a greater flow of information of this kind.

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