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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 92

Question No. 136

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 12 May 1983:

(1) Are John Fairfax and Sons Ltd, the publishers of the National Times, signatories to the so-called D-Notices method of voluntary retraints.

(2) Were any of the contents of the National Times of 6-12 May 1983, whether true or otherwise, covered by these D-Notices.

(3) Can the Minister say how much the circulation of the National Times has dropped during the last 3 years.

Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) John Fairfax and Sons Ltd is represented on the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Committee, which issues D-Notices and monitors observance of them.

(2) The Department of Defence has drawn the articles to the attention of members and the Committee has them under consideration.

(3) The information sought by the honourable member should be available from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.