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Chipp to Carrick - Early election polls and reply from Carrick to Chipp



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M I N I S T E R F O R N A T I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T A N D E N E R G Y

LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

7 f. ' S : '5 - PARLIAMENT HOUSE

“ ’ ' ’ CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2600

Senator the Hon D L Chipp ■ Leader of the Australian Democrats Parliament House . CANBERRA ACT 2600

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Dear Senator Chipp

On 24 August 1982 you wrote seeking information regarding a survey on response to the Budget. I undertook to provide a detailed response when I had the necessary information.

Mr Newman has now provided the following comments in response to Senator Buttons' question without notice, of the same day which, I understand, is the matter on which you wrote.

"The research survey into community awareness and perception of the Budget was designed and conducted completely by the Department of Administrative Services, for information planning purposes, as part of its information co-ordination

role for departments' information activities.

"Certainly neither the Liberal Party nor any other political party was consulted in its design. The survey was totally non­ party political.

"Under its new information co-ordination responsibility, the Department,of Administrative Services is carrying out a regular program of research into community awareness of major policies and programs.

"This research is designed to identify areas of information need so that departmental information programs can be developed to provide the factual information needed by the community.

"In announcing the new co-ordination reponsibility of the Department in February, Mr Newman said that the Task Force on Departmental Information had identified deficiencies in planning and effectiveness and that the Department of Administrative Services would develop the capacity to provide

the necessary co-ordination and expert advice. It would, where appropriate, commission assistance from private enterprise.

"The Task Force in its comments on the quality of planning in departmental information campaigns stated that 'research undertaken by some departments to provide a basis for planning

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programs varies from good to misleading; more often than not, no research at all is undertaken1.

"The research program introduced by the Department is designed to identify target audiences and their need for information on Government programs. As. part of this ongoing program the Department commissioned a national telephone survey, for

information planning purposes, of community awareness and · perception of the Budget. The research will be used to assist in the planning and conduct of departmental information programs. '

"Since it is a Departmental working document, at this stage it is not intended that the report will be released. " . .

I am arranging incorporation of this material in Hansard. ■

Yours sincerely

(J. ΙΛ GARRICK)