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MEDIA RELEASE ^ « i P ^ S E N A T O R N IC K M IN C H IN Special Minister of State

5 November 1997

Launch of “Republic - Yes or No?’’

Special Minister of State Senator Nick Minchin today released the Federal Government’s public information document “Republic - Yes or No? " designed to provide Australian voters with background information on the key issues and options in the republic debate.

The release of the information has been timed to broadly coincide with electors receiving the voting material for the election of delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

The Government is committed to ensuring that before the Constitutional Convention commences, and as they cast their vote in the election of delegates, the Australian people are provided with unbiased infoimation detailing issues involved in changing Australia’s Constitution.

“Republic - Yes or No? ” will be distributed through major national, metropolitan, regional, indigenous and ethnic newspapers from Saturday 8 November (see attached schedule). A total of 6.75 million copies have been printed for distribution.

It provides a balanced account of the current constitutional arrangements plus the arrangements for and against change.

The material is a fair representation of both sides of the debate, and is designed to assist readers to work through the issues rather than to argue the point one way or another.

The arguments for and against change were provided by the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy and the Australian Republican Movement and have not been edited.

The booklet is intended to be an introduction to the issues, not a full analysis.

The Government is also encouraging all Australians to become involved in the debate by inviting written submissions which will be provided to the Convention delegates.

These submissions can be sent either to the Prime Minister or Senator Minchin, or through the internet. The convention e-mail address is as follows:

convention@dpmc. gov. au

Copies of “Republic - Yes or No? ” are also available through the Convention’s homepage http ://www. dpmc. gov. au/convention.

For further information, contact Kate Schulze on (08) 8237 7190 or 0419 432 664.

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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

PUBLIC INFORMATION SUPPLEMENT DISTRIBUTION AND PUBLICATION DATES

NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION

DATE DATE

Weekend Australian 8 November VIC

The Age 15 November

ACT Sunday Age 9 November

Canberra Times 8 November Melbourne Herald Sun 8 November

Ballarat Courier 8 November

NSW Bendigo Advertiser 8 November

Sydney Morning Herald 15 November Geelong Advertiser 8 November

Sydney Sun Herald 9 November Hamilton Spectator 8 November

Telegraph Mirror 8 November Horsham Wimmera 14 November

Sunday Telegraph 9 November Mail Times

Albury Border Mail 8 November Mildura Sunraysia Daily 8 November

Broken Hill Barrier Daily Truth 8 November Shepparton News 14 November

Grafton Examiner 8 November Warrnambool Standard 8 November

Illawarra Mercury 8 November

Lismore Northern Star 8 November

Newcastle Herald 8 November WA

Tamworth Northern West Australian 8 November

Daily Leader 8 November Geraldton Guardian 14 November

Wagga Daily Advertiser 8 November Kalgoorlie Miner 8 November

NT INDIGENOUS

NT News 8 November Arafura Times 12 November

Koori Mail 5 November

QLD Torres News 14 November

Brisbane Courier Mail 9 November

Bundaberg News Mail 8 November NESB

Cairns Post 8 November Chinese Daily 15 November

Gladstone Observer 8 November Sing Tao 15 November

Gold Coast Bulletin 8 November Chieu Duong 15 November

Ipswich QLD Times 8 November Viet Luan 14 November

Mackav Mercury 8 November Sydney Korean Herald 14 November

Maryborough Chronicle 8 November Ho Ju Dong 15 November

Rockhampton Bulletin 8 November Greek Herald 14 November

Sunshine Coast Daily 8 November Neos Kosmos 13 November

Toowoomba Chronicle 8 November La Fiamma 13 November

Townsville Bulletin 8 November 11 Globo 17 November

Tweed Daily News 8 November A1 Bairak 15 November

El Telegraph 14 November

SA Extra Informativo 19 November

Adelaide Advertiser 8 November Spanish Herald 15 November

Mt Gambier Border Watch 14 November Yeni Vatan 14 November

Renmark Murray Pioneer 14 November Zaman Australia 17 November

TAS Hobart Mercury 9 & 15 November

Bumie Advocate 8 November

Launceston Examiner 8 November

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