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PSA inquiry into the Australian Government Publishing Service (AGPS) publications' pricing policy



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EMBARGO STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER ASSISTING THE TREASURER THE HON PETER BALDWIN, MR

PSA INQUIRY INTO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING SERVICE (AGPS) PUBLICATIONS' PRICING POLICY

The Minister Assisting the Treasurer, Peter Baldwin, today approved the holding of a public inquiry by the Prices Surveillance Authority (PSA) into the publications' pricing policy of the AGPS.

Mr Baldwin said the inquiry arose following criticism of the prices of AGPS publications. Mr Baldwin recognised that pricing AGPS publications could be difficult, given the high cost and limited demand for some publications. However, their

availability was important to ensure the Australian population had access to details of Government activities.

The PSA will examine the basis for pricing publications with high and low levels of community demand, as well as the prices of publications competing with equivalent commercial publications in the marketplace.

The PSA will submit its report within four months. It will shortly advertise details of the public inquiry in the media and invite submissions from interested parties.

CANBERRA 20 August 1992

Contact Officer:

Mr Baldwin's Office Sarah Taylor (06) 277 7540

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